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Practical Tips for Arts Leaders
NEA: Michael Killoren
A few big ideas from the director of the Local Arts Agencies program at the NEA.

Why Musicals Succeed
Commentary: Terry Teachout
Thirty-eight shows ran on Broadway during the first week of 2016, the best-attended week in the history of American theater. Twenty-six of them, including 19 of the 20 top-grossing productions, were musicals.

Pedestals Don't Excuse Backwards Politics
On Being: Mohammed Fairouz
It took an emperor’s-new-clothes moment to convince me that I am not alone in finding profound ethical flaws in a work of art that is almost universally adored by my colleagues.

Can Opera Cure Its Sexism Problem?
The Daily Beast: Shawn Milnes
As the Met Opera prepares to stage only its second opera composed by a woman, the industry as a whole is finally fostering female talent.

How Digital Technology Spawned Retro's Revival
The Conversation: Steven Wilf, Peter Siegelman
Without advances in digital technology, the current retro revival (LPs, independent bookstores, mechanical watches, etc.) might not even be happening in the first place.

Why Pastiche Has Taken Over Music
NewMusicBox: Aaron Gervais
The desire to build perceptible bridges between musical traditions is nearly universal.

Lara Downes, Sphinx Medalist, On ‘How to Make Music Matter’
San Francisco Classical Voice: Lou Fancher
Emerging American pianist Lara Downes talks about her world of music and her mission to extend the tradition.


National Endowment for the Arts & Kennedy Center Announce 2016 Honorees
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
The organization has recognized four individuals for 2016: vibraphonist, bandleader and educator Gary Burton; musicians' advocate Wendy Oxenhorn; saxophonist and composer Pharoah Sanders; and saxophonist, composer and educator Archie Shepp. Each Jazz Master receives a $25,000 grant.

'Hamilton' Wins Kennedy Prize for Historical Drama
The New York Times: Michael Paulson
The awards keep coming for “Hamilton.” On the day of what would have been Edward M. Kennedy’s 84th birthday, Columbia University and Jean Kennedy Smith said that “Hamilton” was the winner of a rich prize named in honor of the senator, who died in 2009.

The Minnesota Orchestra Rebounds From a ‘Near Death Experience’
New York Times: David Allen
After succumbing to a nearly devastating lockout that hit at the height of their collective power and lasted 16 months before ending in January 2014, the orchestra has staged a dramatic recovery.

Virginia Opera, Virginia Symphony Orchestra Deep in Debt
The Virginian Pilot: Tim Eberly
Two of the region’s major arts organizations, the Virginia Opera and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, owe the city of Norfolk a combined $380,000 for unpaid rent and event fees.

Live Nation Earns Record Profit Amid Concert Boom
Associated Press
Leading entertainment company, Live Nation, said its profit soared to a record high, as the global market for concerts booms -- along with the company's skill at making money through them.


Dancing in Damascus: Ballerina Clings to Art, Hope, Amid Syria's Hellish Descent
Fox News: Hollie McKay
As her city and nation continues its long and bloody descent into hell, Damascus native Nagham A-k Maala dances - and clings to fading memories and hope for the future.

Incoming NSO Music Director Noseda Gets Additional Assignment
The Washington Post: Anne Midgettea
Gianandrea Noseda is adding another title to a starry resume. The London Symphony Orchestra announced today that as of the 2016-17 season, Noseda will become one of its two principal guest conductors.

Anna Meredith: The Proms Composer Ditching Classical Music for Club Bangers
The Guardian: Laura Snapes
She’s a respected composer of classical music. So how did that lead to an album of pop and techno stompers?

Newly Discovered Handel Cantata to Receive its Modern Premiere
The cantata was discovered in Ton Koopman's collection and will be premiered by him in April.

Choristers at English National Opera Vote to Strike
The Guardian: Mark Brown
The chorus will refuse to sing in first act of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten in protest at ENO plan to cut pay and axe jobs.

Adele Is Back on Top, but Kanye West's Album Doesn't Make Chart
The New York Times: Ben Sisario
Since “25” came out in November it has sold more than 8.2 million copies in the United States alone.


Put Down the Broom: Tidying Up Can Hamper Creativity
Wired Magazine: Clive Thompson
Recent research suggests that mess can, counterintuitively, sometimes be useful.

Snapchat is a Major Marketing Opportunity in the Music Industry
Last Stop Booking: Alison Perdue
Whether or not you like it, accept it, or have even figured out how to properly use Twitter and Facebook yet, Snapchat is a quickly evolving social app that is a growing marketing opportunity for the music industry in 2016.

8 Effective Strategies to Sell Your Music Online
Bandzoogle: Joy Ike
Tips that are not only useful, but when done right can lend themselves to a significantly greater income, a larger online presence, and stronger engagement with your fans.

What I Learned Working with a Failing Record Label
W. Tyler Artist Consulting
We Confused Movement with Progress. We Tried Using a Cookie Cutter Approach. The Artists Needed Development, Not Contracts.


The Afiara Quartet Meets a DJ
YouTube Video
Spin Cycle is a collaboration with the renowned DJ Skratch Bastid, composers Kevin Lau, Laura Silberberg, Rob Teehan, and Dinuk Wijeratne. This is the third phase of the innovative, three-step project where the composers "respond" to Skratch Bastid's remixes.


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