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RollingStone: Steve Knopper
In the wake of the horrific Ariana Grande concert bombing, fans and the industry face tough questions.

Ariana Grande’s Manchester Benefit Concert Sells Out in 6 Minutes
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
45,000 tickets sold out instantly.

Ariana Grande Brings Message of Defiance to Concert
NY Times: Christopher Shea
The message onstage and in the crown at "One Love Manchester," was one of defiance.


The Best Way We Can Honor our Veterans is by Giving Them Access to the Arts
Quartz: Nina Stoller-Lindsey
Giving soldiers access to the arts is one of the most effective ways we can help them both prepare and recover from the demands of their duty. In eliminating the NEA, Trump would be doing a huge disservice to them and to the veterans he promised to support.

“Sgt. Pepper’s” at 50: Was It a Concept Album, or An Identity Crisis?

Salon: Annie Zaleski
It’s almost impossible to calculate the influence “Sgt. Pepper’s” had on modern pop music. Perhaps it is better to just say that there is a “before,” and there is an “after.”

Is it Time for an Arts Think Tank?

Barry’s Blog
Maybe the time has come for a consortium of funders to consider the establishment of a legitimate Arts and Culture Think Tank (The Arts and Culture Institute), affiliated with a University somewhere, and which could provide an umbrella for research, advocacy, dialogue, inquiry and discussion of Arts and Culture in America.  And help unite all the many disparate conversations that are already going on. 

The Trailblazing Efforts of “Indie Opera”

New Yorker: Russell Platt
With limited resources, small opera companies such as Heartbeat Opera in NY City are creating the most impressive productions.

Opera and Broadway Have a Fruitful Relationship. If Only Opera Fans Understood It.

The Washington Post: Anne Midgette
Opera, like cinema, has always had a long tradition of multiplex-level, popular hits offsetting its more highbrow, arthouse-like products.

What Makes a Good Conductor? Harmony — and ‘Authority Through Knowledge.’

The Washington Post: Rachel Manteuffel
An interview with Angel Gil-Ordóñez, 59, conductor and co-founder of PostClassical Ensemble, an orchestra focused on 20th- and 21st-century works.

Are you Bimusical? You Should Be.

DiscMakers Blog: Matt Davidson
As a musician, it’s important to listen to music genres outside of your own. The term “bimusical” has been coined to express a degree of fluency in different styles of music, and there are compelling reasons to aspire to being bi.


Alan Gilbert Wanted to Save The New York Philharmonic. What Happened?
NY Times: Michael Cooper
As Mr. Gilbert prepares to step down as the orchestra’s music director, he finds his legacy is far from assured.

What Happens When You Dance For 200,000 People at Once?

Dance Magazine: Jennifer Stahl
When we heard that L.A. Dance Project's series of livestreams over Memorial Day weekend reached more than 500,000 views total, with its most popular stream hitting 211,300 views, it got us thinking. How does that sort of viewership affect a small troupe like LADP? And how does it feel for the dancers to perform for the equivalent of the entire population of Salt Lake City?

Veto of $500,000 Grant Strikes a Sour Note for Florida Orchestra

TBO: Andrew Meacham
The Florida Orchestra got an unwelcome surprise late Friday when Gov. Rick Scott ruled out $500,000 in funds to help pay for a new outreach program. Beyond the Bay launched in January with a vision of taking the orchestra to schools and community orchestras across Florida. The veto was part of $34 million the governor nixed from the state's budget, leaving that money available for other priorities.

Michael Bloomberg Gives $75 Million to “Culture Shed” on Manhattan’s High Line

NY Times: Robin Pogrebin
The gift shows just how much the Far West Side continues to be shaped by a small group of influential billionaires.

City Opera, No Longer Broke, Will Finally Stage ‘Brokeback Mountain’

NY Times: Michael Cooper
During his brief tenure heading New York City Opera a decade ago, the visionary European impresario Gerard Mortier commissioned Charles Wuorinen to write an opera based on “Brokeback Mountain.” Last week, the new group that reorganized City Opera and brought it out of bankruptcy announced that “Brokeback” will have its US premiere in the spring of 2018.

Cincinnati World Piano Competition Shuts Down Janelle Gelfand
After 60 years, the Cincinnati World Piano Competition is closing its doors. The chief reason was financial, said Jack Rouse, chairman of the board. Despite generous donors in recent years, the competition was unable to raise the $300,000 needed to continue to exist.

Taking Flight: Julie Kent at Washington Ballet

NY Times: Marina Harss
Unlike some incoming directors, Ms. Kent has not tried to remake the company in her image by quickly replacing large numbers of dancers with her recruits.  It would seem, watching her work with the dancers, that she is a natural leader.

Taking the Black Lives Matter Movement into the Concert Hall

San Francisco Classical Voice: Lou Fancher
Eun Lee has no time to play the clarinet, even recreationally. Her loss is everyone’s gain, because the clarinetist, music educator, conductor, and co-founder of The Dream Unfinished stands poised with the baton of an activist orchestra instead of clarinet in hand. Wielding it, Lee is prepared and determined to scorch the iceberg of racist myopia in America.


From Across the Globe, a Super-Group forms in Canada

Toronto Star: Trish Crawford
Fusing the musical traditions of their heritages, the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra debuts Friday at Koerner Hall with original compositions.

How Two Guys Built A Successful Opera Festival From Scratch In A London Park

The Stage: George Hall
“Our secret is as little bullshit as possible”

Can this Music be a Force for Good?

Ozy: Prijanka Borpujari
A growing movement in El Salvador is the enlistment of an immensely popular art form to improve the lives of teens and young adults. The musicians earn small amounts of money performing at everything from birthday parties to political rallies and, more importantly, they develop self-confidence and positive options to counter the constant threat of gang recruitment and violence.


How Data is Transforming the Music Industry
The Conversation: Brian Moon
Raw information – accumulated via downloads, apps and online searches – is influencing not only what songs are marketed and sold, but which songs become hits.
Google’s AI Invents Sounds Humans Have Never Heard Before
Wired: Cade Metz
NSynth, a project from Google, offers musicians an entirely new range of tools for music making by sampling and mixing already-existing instrumental sounds.
For Video Soundtracks, Computers Are the New Composers
NPR: Laura Sydell
Jukedeck, a company that creates and sells computer-generated music, charges as little as 99 cents a track for a small business and $21.99 for a large business. The program enables users to choose the length of a piece of music, its style, the instruments featured and even climactic moments to heighten emotion.
How to Attract Family Audiences
Arts Professional: Michelle Lally
Jump on board national events. Involve artists. Make things affordable. Know your audience. Work with schools. Target the parents. Catch them early. Don’t be afraid of fun. Drive creativity and imagination.


Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song Reduces Anxiety by Up to 65 Percent
Inc.: Melanie Curtin
Sound therapies have long been popular as a way of relaxing and restoring one's health. For centuries, indigenous cultures have used music to enhance well-being and improve health conditions. Now, neuroscientists out of the UK have specified which tunes give you the most bang for your musical buck.

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