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Who Should Pay for the Arts in America?
The Atlantic: Andy Horwitz
The arts aren’t dead, but the system by which they are funded is increasingly becoming as unequal as America itself. At 50, the National Endowment for the Arts is still fighting to make the performing arts available to everyone, while the influence of wealthy donors increasingly tilts the balance.


Half The Hours: A Way to Help You Learn New Skills Twice as Fast
ScienceAlert: Fiona McaDonald
Scientists have found that by subtly varying your training, you can keep your brain more active throughout the learning process, and halve the time it takes to get up to scratch.

Practice Really DOES Make Perfect
Daily Mail: Stacy Liberatore
Study shows how ballet dancer's brains change as they learn a new routine.

The 40 Most Intriguing Musicians of 2016
The Daily Beast: Ted Gioia
Some are world-beating talents who will own a chunk of fame before long, if they haven’t already got it. Others will never hold a gold record in their hand, and only get to watch the Grammy ceremony on TV.

How Music Festivals Shape Cities
The Atlantic: Richard Florida
A conversation between the influential writer Richard Florida and Jonathan Wynn on his new book, Music/City.

Where Classical Music Meets Social Justice: The Sphinx Organization
Detroit Free Press: Mark Stryker
A Q&A with Afa Dworkin, president of what has become one of the most important music organizations in the US.

What I Didn’t Learn in Music School
NewMusicBox: Maggie Stapleton
A few things I wish I’d learned in school: marketing, web design, sound recording, grant writing, and public speaking.

A Fearless Soprano's Case For Contemporary Music
NPR Deceptive Cadence: Tom Huizenga
Meet Barbara Hannigan. With more than 80 world premieres to her credit, she has a knack for making modern music sound effortless and approachable.

Cultural Appropriation in Pop Music — When Are Artists In The Wrong?
When Coldplay and Beyoncé released the music video for their new song, they were immediately accused of cultural appropriation. What does that mean? And how pervasive is it in the music industry?

How Can We Fix the Music Distribution System?
AMT Lab @ CMU: Colin Baylor
A report that highlights the complex ways public performance licenses are paid to performing rights organizations and mechanical licenses are paid to labels.


Violinist Stanley Ritchie Named Distinguished Professor at IU
IU Communications: Ryan Piurek
A professor of violin in the Jacobs School of Music, Ritchie is one of the world's premier Baroque violinists and is an expert on historical performance.

Adjusting Medication May Prolong Levine’s Tenure at the Met
New York Times: Michael Cooper
The hope is that an 11th-hour medical reprieve will enable the venerable conductor to continue to work.

Atlanta Symphony's Jane Little, 87, Inducted into Guinness Book of World Records
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
In what seems nearly impossible, the bassist has spanned the entire history of the Atlanta Symphony, having joined the group in 1945 when it was considered a youth orchestra.

Gustavo Dudamel & Youth Orchestra Los Angeles Discuss Super Bowl Excitement and Coldplay
Classicalite: Ina Holubiak
In a remarkable video posted to the NFL website, Gustavo Dudamel and the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) took a moment to show what their organization is all about and just how performing at the Super Bowl half-time show is a dream come true.

Joan La Barbara Receives $50,000 from Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Classicalite: Steve Nagel
The biennial award, which is accompanied by a $50,000 prize from the FCA, is awarded to visionary artists and composers who reflect the "spirit of John Cage".

Maurice White, Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire Dies at 74
NPR: Laura Wagner
White founded the horn-driven band in the late 1960s, which went on to sell more than 90 million albums worldwide, displaying a flashy and eclectic musical style that incorporated his influences from growing up in Memphis, Tennessee.


Benjamin Millepied Leaves Paris Opera Sooner Than Expected
The choreographer and former New York City Ballet dance, who brought an aura of glamour and intense news media visibility to the 335-year-old Paris Opera Ballet as its director of dance, said that he was resigning after just over a year in the position.

Domestic Violence, Homophobia, Arranged Marriage – A South African Take On ‘Swan Lake’
New York Times: Roslyn Sulcas
Dancer Dada Masilo breaks new ground with a reinterpretation of the Tchaikovsky masterpiece. This is the first time that a work by Masilo, 30, has come to New York. The performance has been greeted by rave reviews and packed audiences.

The Kremlin Is Not Going To Like Pussy Riot's New Video
NPR: Corey Flintoff
The Russian punk band Pussy Riot has just released a new music video lampooning the country's prosecutor-general, Yuri Chaika.

Aurèle Nicolet - One of The Leading Flutists of The 20th Century Dies
Classical-Music: Jeremy Pound
A player of exceptional versatility with a distinctively rich sound, he was as renowned for exploring and championing new repertoire for his instrument.


7 Mistakes That Are Keeping Starving Artists From Thriving
Huffington Post: Catherine Orer
Artists can run profitable businesses without compromising their artistic and creative integrity. In fact, this should be true of all business owners and leaders.

How Can MOOC Providers Create an Interactive Learning Experience in the Arts?
AMT Lab Contributor Wanqi Peng shares her research on the current state of arts education in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).


The Piano Guys Rock the Internet with New Adele-Mozart Mash Up 'Hello/Lacrimosa'
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
A musical and internet sensation, the Piano Guys, are more than just their nominal 800 million YouTube views. Premiering their latest video for "Hello/Lacrimosa," the Guys do a mash up of Adele's latest hit single juxtaposed with Mozart's timeless requiem.


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