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WEEKLY DIGEST | 11/26/2018
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The Big Changes Colleges Are Making To Help Art Students Snag Jobs In America's Gig Economy
CNBC: Tim Mullaney

  • Art schools have launched incubators and certificate programs to help art students launch businesses and prepare for careers in the gig economy.
  • Now 16 universities host arts-business incubators, the oldest of which include Arizona State University and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
  • Some schools offer certificates in innovation and entrepreneurship.

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How is the Jacobs School responding to these changes? Read about the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development here >>


Twelve Things Americans Believe About the Arts in 2018
ArtsBlog: Randy Cohen
Americans are highly engaged in the arts and believe more strongly than ever that the arts promote personal well-being, help us understand other cultures in our community, are essential to a well-rounded K-12 education, and that government has an important role in funding the arts.

Study: Memories of music cannot be lost to Alzheimer's and dementia
Big Think: Ned Dymoke
The part of your brain responsible for experiencing and cataloging music appears to be a stronghold against Alzheimer's and dementia.

Can The Arts Create Better People? This Philadelphia Orchestra Musician Thinks So
The Inquirer Philly: Kristen A. Graham
A nonprofit called Project 440, has helped students sharpen their focus, develop leadership skills — and connect with some of the top conservatories and colleges in the country. This helped Marquise Bradley set his sights on Oberlin College, and create his own chamber orchestra.

What the Optics of New Music Say to Black Composers
New Music USA: Anthony R. Green
In observing the greater world of classical music, the father of what we refer to as new music today, it is no wonder why black composers do not feel wanted.

More Evidence That Trained Musicians Are Superior Thinkers
Pacific Standard: Tom Jacobs
New research suggests that practicing Bach and Beethoven can build up the brain.

History Has Skated Over Maurice Ravel’s Partner, Claim Heirs
The Times: Adam Sage
Before Bolero fell out of copyright it generate tens of millions of euros in royalties for a small group of distant heirs of the childless French composer.  Now they are trying to reclaim its copyright for another 20 years.

The Genius of ‘The Nutcracker’? It’s the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The New York Times: Joshua Barone
Andrew Litton, New York City Ballet’s music director explains the charming moments of this favorite ballet.  If you don’t see The Nutcracker in NYC, be sure to catch it at the Musical Arts Center in Bloomington, Indiana Nov. 29 - Dec. 2.

The Unsung Life Of The Composer Fanny Mendelssohn
Fanny Mendelssohn composed more than 400 works of music, most of which were unpublished in her lifetime, or attributed to her brother.  Take a moment to see this brief video and celebrate her.


Taylor Swift Announces New Record Deal With Universal Music
The New York Times: Joe Coscarelli
After more than 12 years, six albums and 10 Grammy Awards as the star of the Nashville-based Big Machine Records, Taylor Swift has a new label.

A Baroque Specialist Gets the Philharmonic to Play From the Gut
The New York Times: Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
The French conductor Emmanuelle Haïm stopped a group of New York Philharmonic musicians who were rehearsing Handel’s “Water Music”.  It is an unusually challenging assignment to bring aesthetics of the early 18th century to an ensemble that makes only rare forays into that era.


Jamaica Seeks to Add Reggae to a Unesco Cultural Heritage List
NY Times: Sandra E. Garcia
Jamaica, where the sound first gave a voice to the oppressed and the hopeful, is now seeking a new honor for the genre. As early as Monday, Unesco will announce a decision on the country’s application to put reggae on the world body’s list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

He Died Giving A Voice To Chile’s Poor. A Quest for Justice Took Decades.
The New York Times: Cluyde Haberman
Victor Jara was a legendary Chilean folk singer and political activist, whose brutal killing following a military coup in 1973 went unsolved for decades. Now, his family may finally get justice.

"For The Sake Of A Couple Of Bucks, They Deserted Us": Vancouver's Last Classical Record Store To Close
CBC News: Jennifer Van Evra
Sikora's Classical Records has been open 40 years, but couldn't survive the age of Spotify and Amazon.

Why Aren’t You Listening To Ringo Starr’s Country Album From 1970?
Flood Magazine: Nate Rogers
The most slept-on Beatles solo album was also one of the first—and likely the most off-the-cuff, too.

A New Time For Christian Marclay

The New York Times: Andrew Dickson
20 pianos and pianists engaged in a bizarre sequence of gestures; the rehearsal room echoed with fusillades of notes, plus the occasional elegant chord.


A Pop-Up Shop That Offers Bach Preludes, Fugues and Condoms
NY Times: Michael Cooper
The offerings at this temporary storefront in the heart of Manhattan are musical: the music of J.S. Bach. Inside the shop, a Juilliard-trained pianist, Evan Shinners, is playing five hours of Bach each and every day — for more than 30 straight days, even on Thanksgiving — and presenting evening concerts with guests. He calls it the Bach Store.

Giving Budding Choreographers Room to Move
NY Times: Marina Harss
American Ballet Theater develops regular choreographic workshops for emerging talent.

The Invisible Hit Parade: How Unofficial Recordings Have Flowered in the 21st Century
Wired: Jesse Jarnow
Like every other part of the music world, taping has changed utterly in the digital age. Once dismissed as mere bootlegging, the surrounding attitudes, economies, and technologies have evolved.

YouTube Is Leading a Campaign of 'Fact-Free Fear-Mongering' Against Europe's Copyright Directive, Say Rights Organizations
Billboard: Colin Stutz
The video platform has warned Article 13 would lead to lower music industry payouts and make it harder for unknown artists to get discovered.


'Let's Turkey Trot': Festive Music About Fowl
NPR: Rachel Martin, Barry Gordemer
Keeping with Morning Edition's longstanding Thanksgiving Day tradition, classical music commentator Miles Hoffman stops by to give listeners a sample of music that speak to the themes of the holiday. 

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