Weekly Digest – September 26, 2016

WEEKLY DIGEST September 26, 2016


ORCHESTRA REVIVAL? With the generally good news about orchestras across the US, is it time to consider a trend? Even with the troubles in Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia, Doug McLennan thinks so.


The Challenge of Presenting ‘African American music’: First, Define It Washington Post: Anne Midgette The African American Museum’s tacit mandate is to spotlight all of African American music — which is like trying to put a frame around a living person and call it a portrait.

The New Classical: How the Next Generation of Composers and Labels is Challenging Classical Music’s Status Quo The Independent: Hazel Shellfield The classical establishment may be forced to recognize contemporary composers for its own survival.

Can Music Save Your Life? The Chronicle Review: Mark Edmundson (2012 article) Who hasn’t at least once had the feeling of being remade through music? But does music constantly provide revelation—or does it have some other effects, maybe less desirable?

Here’s Evidence That Music Training Dampens Young Kids’ Aggressive Behavior Pacific Standard: Tom Jacobs In studying music, kids learn self-discipline, which proves beneficial in other aspects of life.

Why Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde is the Ultimate Opera The Guardian: Stephen Moss The Met’s new season begins with a uniquely potent four-hour hymn to love, sex and death – at the end of which the audience may feel as if they have witnessed something revelatory, even life-changing.

The Arts’ Surprising Return to the Job of Healing ArtsBlog: Judith Essex Many physicians and hospitals across the country and around the globe are once again recognizing a significant role for the arts in healthcare.


A MacArthur for the Composer Julia Wolfe The New Yorker: William Robin Today Wolfe is the first full-time classical composer to receive a MacArthur since Osvaldo Golijov, in 2003. At fifty-seven, Wolfe is known equally as a composer and as a co-founder of the new-music collective Bang on a Can.

2015 recipients of the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal The Washington Post Honorees include Philip Glass, Berry Gordy, Ralph Lemon, Santiago Jiménez Jr., and Wynton Marsalis.

Updated: BMI Prevails over Department of Justice in 100% Licensing Dispute Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff The DOJ had ordered that BMI, as well as fellow performance rights organization ASCAP, to enable 100% licensing of all works within one year.

Last Week in the Music Business Digital Music News The formation of the Music Rights Awareness Foundation; why the Blurred Lines verdict is a disaster for the music industry; low rates to songwriters in the music industry; and much more.

A Most Inspiring Conference Greg Sandow (blog) A response to the offerings at the recent DePauw School of Music’s 21Cymposium by the keynote speaker.

For 25 Years, Cappella Romana has Given Ancient Music Modern Relevance OregonLive: Brett Campbell Portland-based vocal ensemble, which performs annual concert series in its hometown and Seattle, has released more than 20 recordings. Its tours have brought the group’s always powerfully moving music to venues such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles’ Getty Center, the Smithsonian Institution, Stanford and Yale universities and festivals throughout Europe.

Suzanne Farrell Ballet to Disband in 2017 Washington Post: Sarah Kaufman The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, which for the past 15 years has showcased the works of Farrell’s mentor, George Balanchine, and which is bankrolled by the Kennedy Center, will shut down after a final series of performances in December 2017, the center has announced.


The Rise of Cultural Hubs in Asia The Stage (UK): Nick Awde A game-changer for global performing arts is certainly the powerhouse taking shape in Hong Kong: the West Kowloon Cultural District. Spread across 40 hectares of land reclaimed in the 1990s as part of the HK$200 billion Airport Core Programme, the hub is run by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and will include 17 core arts and cultural venues, as well as space for arts education.

Why Are There So Many Great Argentine Dancers? The New Yorker: Marina Harss The country has produced, and still produces—despite hard times, relative isolation, and constant political upheaval—people of great talent and accomplishment, in just about every field. This is especially striking in the world of dance.

All of Bach!The Netherlands Bach Society is looking forward to celebrating its first 100 years in the 2021-2022 season and the idea of performing all of J.S. Bach’s works emerged in 2013. Check out their amazing website, with performances in hand-picked locations.


Who’s Too Young for an App? Musical.ly Tests the Limits NYTimes: John Herrman Musical.ly hasn’t just found the coveted teenage audience – it may have gone lower. The app reaches youngsters, putting it into potential conflict with legislation that is aimed at safeguarding children.

The Music Industry Is Finally Making Money on Streaming Bloomberg.com: Lucas Shaw After almost two decades of relentless decline caused by piracy and falling prices, the music business is enjoying a fragile recovery thanks to the growth of paid streaming services like Spotify Ltd. and Apple Music.

You Can Make More Money as a Part Time Jazz Instructor Than as a Lawyer NBC News: Nicole Audrey A recent survey by FlexJobs.com, a site that features telecommuting, part-time, freelance, and flexible job posts, found that part-time jobs can earn workers hourly pay rates of $50 or more, which, in a full-time role, could amount to a yearly salary of $104,000. Who says you can’t get rich playing music? If you have so much as a bachelor’s degree in music, humanities, or a related area, you can make close to $79 an hour teaching a jazz music courses.


Love Songs with a Side of Theory Chronicle of Higher Education: David Hajdu My older brother, Chuck, a folk-music purist, teased me mercilessly. “Don’t you realize pop songs are only trying to sell you something?” “But what’s wrong with what they’re selling?” I asked. It was only love.





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OECD Weekly Digest – September 12, 2016


The North-South Divide in American Creativity America’s Great Creative Divide isn’t between the coasts and the center, but rather between North and South. Take a look at the map of the USA in this article and you’ll be amazed.


Playing For Their Lives: The El Sistema Story Barry’s Blog Arts Educator, Eric Booth has championed the project for a long time.  Now he, and collaborator, Tricia Tunstall, have published a book on the phenomenon – Playing for Their Lives.

Opera Needs Radical Overhaul to Survive The Stage: Graham Vick Graham Vick is artistic director at Birmingham Opera Company (UK).

Does Opera Deliver Enough Bang for its very Sizeable Buck? Limelight (Australia): Guy Noble It might be unfair to compare Madam Butterfly, a poignant tragedy with the witty filth of The Book Of Mormon, but both were playing in London, both are entertainments, and tickets cost roughly the same. One delivered and one didn’t, and sound was one of the main differences.

Why the Uneasy Relationship Between Dance and Screens Matters ArtsJournal: Veronica Dittman Stanich On the Internet, there is little occasion for someone who didn’t set out looking for coverage of dance to serendipitously happen upon it. The small phone screen also emerges as a vehicle that can introduce casual viewers to concert dance.

Music, Multiculturalism and Mr. Dasu Colin Teaock (blog) Nouman Dasu is a Muslim man who lives in Toronto. For the last three years, he has been trying to have his children exempted from music classes in a public elementary school. He has stated that music is against his religious views.


How New York City Became the Epicenter of Jazz Observer: Ted Gioia Great jazz artists often don’t come from Manhattan, but they struggle to build a reputation and gain career traction if they don’t come to Manhattan.

So You Have $500 Million? Here’s a Shopping List for the Philharmonic’s New Hall NY Times: Michael Cooper A frequent concertgoer (and NY Times critic) offers a few suggestions.

Indy Symphony Reaches Contract a Year Early IndyStar: Allison Carter Four years ago, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra contract negotiations were so contentious that musicians were locked out and sought work elsewhere.

Detroit Symphony Launches Adult Amateur Ensemble The Detroit News Officials say the Detroit Symphony Community Orchestra is the first of its kind for the professional orchestral organization founded in the late 19th century.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Cancels More Concerts as Strike Continues Star-Telegram: Andrea Ahles Musicians went on strike last week after rejecting a proposed contract that included pay cuts and higher costs for health insurance. The symphony canceled its 2016-2017 season opening concerts last weekend as a result. Colorado Symphony Posts First Budget Surplus in 26 seasons, Hires New Music Director Denver Business Journal For the first time since it was organized in 1989, the Colorado Symphony is beginning a new concert season with a budget surplus, $1.7 million in cash in the bank and substantial financial commitments toward a goal of creating a $50 million permanent endowment.

Igor Levit wins Gramophone’s 2016 Recording of the Year Award Gramophone Levit’s recording of Bach, Beethoven and Rzewski wins the top prize at this year’s Gramophone Classical Music Awards

After Years Underground, a Subway Singer Gets the Spotlight NY Times: Susan Hartman Alice Tan Ridley, the mother of the Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe, has been singing in the subway system for 30 years. She will soon perform at the Highline Ballroom in Chelsea, in connection with the release of her debut album.


European Union Tells YouTube: Pay Artists More! Digital Music News: Daniel Adrian Sanchez It’s difficult to argue that YouTube pays sufficiently for music and video content. But according to the BBC, a new European draft directive to reform copyrights laws will have video sites like YouTube pay more to both musicians and record companies, whether YouTube likes it or not.

Dancers Protest New Leadership Plans at Staatsballett Berlin NY Times: Roslyn Sulcas More than 5,000 signatures have been posted on a petition started by the dancers of the Staatsballett Berlin to protest the appointment of the contemporary dance choreographer Sasha Waltz as one of the company’s next artistic directors.

Internet Makes Audiences Harder to Wow, Royal Ballet’s Newest Stars Say The Telegraph: Hannah Furness While online videos have taken away some of the “wow-factor”, leading people to expect ever-higher jumps and faster pirouettes, they have vowed to prove ballet can be ever more exciting thanks to its storytelling and emotion.

UK Arts Council to Impose Quantitative Measures of Arts Quality Arts Professional Arts Council England is forging ahead with plans to impose a standardized system for measuring artistic quality on its NPOs, despite a lukewarm sector response and warnings that this will require a “quantum change” in organizational attitudes to data.


Music’s Salvation Might Be Selling Not Songs, But Virtual Reality Wired Magazine: David Pierce Ultimately, VR’s appeal to the music industry goes way beyond music videos. Music is about connection, closeness, shared experience. VR may not be able to put you on the tour bus—but in all the other ways that matter, it kind of can.

Cleveland Orchestra Looking for Loyalty with Flexible New ‘Members Club’ Subscription Plan The Plain Dealer: Zachary Lewis The program, now active and deployed through a new smartphone app, is open to all but targets young and middle-aged people who would like to attend more frequently but choose not to commit to traditional subscriptions.


At The Edge of A Cliff, An Orchestra Performs The Fresno Bee: Andrew Fiala Perched on the edge of a cliff, the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra performed original pieces composed in honor of Yosemite and the centennial of the National Park Service

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OECD Weekly Digest – September 12, 2016

A roundup of news and opinion in the industry. If you’d like to add your voice to the listings we choose each week, please don’t hesitate to send us a note.
This week, we feature 21CM.org, an online resource focused on people, projects and innovations in the music world.

Making Sense of Cultural Equity Createquity When visions of a better future diverge, how do we choose a path forward?

Can Dancing Make You a Better Person? The Washington Post: Sarah Kaufman A recent study suggests that dancers are more emotionally sensitive than the rest of us. The results may also point to a role the arts can play in empathy training.

Rap Music Remains Uniquely Threatening Pacific Standard: Tom Jacobs Listeners are more likely to assume violent lyrics are autobiographical if they’re identified with the genre.

Arts Center at Ground Zero Has a New Design New York Times: Michael Cooper Long-delayed plans to build a performing arts center at the World Trade Center site moved forward. Officials unveiled a new design for the building and announced that Barbra Streisand had been elected chairwoman of the board.

Signs of Rebirth at New York City Opera (review) NY Times: Anthony Tommasini A new chapter in the life of the company offers eight varied offerings this year. Thursday, the chapter opened at Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center with an unusual double-bill.

Atlanta Ballet Announces Staff, Promotions Under New Artistic Director AJC.com: Cynthia Bond Perry Change is afoot at Atlanta Ballet under artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin, with a new ballet master and company members, plus a major upswing in one dancer’s career.

The Shopping List for the NY Phil’s Hall NY Times: Michael Cooper Of course they need to fix the acoustics, plus a host of other questions.

Philadelphia Orchestra Labor Talks to Continue Past Deadline Philly.com: Peter Dobrin Musicians and management of the Philadelphia Orchestra Friday agreed to continue talking for an unspecified period of time beyond the end of the current labor deal, which had been set to expire at 12:01 a.m. Sept 12.

Fort Worth Symphony Musicians Again Authorize Union to Call a Strike Star-Telegram: Andrea Ahles Symphony management presented its “last, best and final offer” to the American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147 on Wednesday morning, which the union characterized as the same proposal that musicians rejected on Sunday.

Steve Reich at 80: A Musical Master in Motion SF Chronicle: Joshua Kosman Over decades of creative activity extending back to his brief San Francisco residency in the late 1960s, he’s written some of the most intricate and beautiful musical masterpieces of his time, and reshaped the artistic landscape in ways that promise to reverberate for generations to come.

Hamilton’s’ Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Terrifying Urgency of Fame Chicago Tribune: Chris Jones Miranda, who is only 36 years old, is now very famous — uncomfortably famous, you might well think.

Inside the Extravagant New Dubai Opera CNTraveler: Jordi Lippe-McGraw The U.A.E. is all about breaking the mold when it comes to hospitality and entertainment options. Dubai will soon be home to the Middle East’s first rainforest and the Louvre Abu Dhabi will be an outpost of the world-famous Paris museum, surrounded entirely by water. So, when it came to building an opera house you better believe they were aiming for the best.

Johan Botha, Operatic Tenor in Difficult Roles, Dies at 51 New York Times: Zachary Woolfe The South African tenor, whose bronzed voice sailed with ease through some of the most difficult roles in opera over the last two decades, died on Thursday in Vienna.

By Scrapping Antiquated Headphones, Apple is Doing Something Extraordinary for Music Quartz: Amy X. Wang Audio engineers are actually applauding Apple for scrapping the headphone jack, and the decision should delight hardcore music enthusiasts who’ve complained for years about mediocre sound quality coming out of their iPhones.

Why the DCMA is the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Artists Digital Music News: Gary Shapiro The head of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), argues that instead of stealing from artists, the technology industry and the DMCA (Digital millennium Copyright Act) have created a free platform that has allowed a new class of creators to thrive.

 Étoiles, I see you Paris Opera Ballet’s Third Stage project continues to produce extraordinary multimedia experiences.  Check out their site here.
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An Amazing Week with Project Jumpstart and the OECD!


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During the week of September 12-17, Project Jumpstart and the OECD are hosting THREE major events featuring major music industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and ensembles.

CEO of iCadenza
MONDAY, Sept 12, 2016
12:00pm-1:15pm, in MU011

iCadenza is a powerful consulation business, founded by two musicians, that strives to help musicians embark on their careers with creativity, an entrepreneurial mindset, and- most importantly- a strong sense of personal value. They achieve this through covering topics such as building a personal brand, self-promotion, and positive mindset strategies.

Project Jumpstart and the OECD are thrilled to be hosting iCadenza CEO, Jennifer Rosenfeld, for a workshop that will help students to identify their key strengths and how to translate them into a career plan, as well as a special session entitled “Be Your Own Agent”. This portion of the workshop will expose participants to what self-management really means and the qualities and practices that beat stagnation and build success.

> STUDENTS: Sign Up via the Career Portal

Mediterranean folk band and Lotus Festival artist
THURSDAY, Sept 15, 2016
11am-12:30pm, in Recital Hall

A Discussion: What is Music and Cultural Tradition? followed by a Jam Session with the Band!
Please feel free to bring your instruments!!
Don’t miss your chance to learn from this incredible group of diverse musicians and get a preview of what is sure to be an amazing performance at the Lotus World Music Festival!”With stunning vocals, unexpected instruments, and a pitch-perfect sense of arrangement, the Israeli group melds everything from Egyptian darbuka to Armenian daduk, from Ladino classics to rarely heard tunes, into a sonically vibrant, organic whole.”

> STUDENTS: Sign Up via the Career Portal

Author of The Savvy Musician
SATURDAY, Sept 17, 2016
10am-11:30am, in Sweeney Hall
A Life in Music: 9 BIG Ideas on Career & Financial Success
In a cutthroat world where disruptive technological change has rewritten all of the rules, success as a musician requires much more than talent and hard work. This powerhouse presentation by arts entrepreneurship guru David Cutler unveils nine big ideas that helps musicians of all disciplines thrive.

David Cutler balances a varied career as a jazz and classical composer, pianist, educator, arranger, conductor, collaborator, concert producer, author, blogger, consultant, speaker, advocate, and entrepreneur. In all these pursuits he works to push boundaries while connecting with new audiences. His book The Savvy Musician helps musicians 1) build a career, 2) earn a living, & 3) make a difference.

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OECD Weekly Digest – September 5, 2016


A trove of video conversations with leading classical musicians of our time, by Zsolt Bognár. IU is well represented and here are a few interviews you may be interested to watch:

The Arts Community Embraced Obama — But Has He Embraced the Arts?
The Washington Post: Philip Kennicott
He is interested in culture, to be sure, but it is the living culture of our time, often the celebrity culture of popular music and commercial theater, but rarely the stuff people used to call “high” culture. Or that, at least, is the image his handlers have crafted.Classical Music Isn’t Elitist – The Problem is It’s Expensive
The Guardian: Tom Service
This year’s BBC Young Musician winner has had to balance revising for exams with preparing for his Royal Festival Hall concerto debut.What Killed the Jingle?
The Atlantic: Tiffany Stanley
Marketing ditties once had a distinctive, hokey sound, but today’s advertisers have ditched them for standard pop songs.Why You’ll Probably Never Hear a Sondheim Concerto
NYT: Anthony Tommasini
Music alone has never been the primary driver of his work.
Hiplet: An Implausible Hybrid Plants Itself on Pointe
NYT: Gia Kourlas
What happens when you mix hip-hop and ballet? You get hiplet, one of the more curious hybrids to make its way out of the dance world into popular culture.Cracking a Glass Ceiling with the Maestro’s Baton
NYT: Michael Cooper
Of the 37 four-star officers currently serving in the United States military, three, or 8.1 percent, are women, according to the Pentagon. But Ms. Alsop is the only woman leading one of America’s two dozen big-budget orchestras. That works out to a little over 4.1 percent.Revamping New York Times Kills Regional Theater, Restaurant & Arts Coverage
Deadline Hollywood: Jeremy Gerard
The New York Times this week quietly ended its coverage of restaurants, art galleries, theaters and other commercial and nonprofit businesses in the tri-state region, laying off dozens of longtime contributors and prompting protests from many of the institutions that will be affected.

San Diego Symphony Players to Get a Big Raise

MusicalAmerica: Susan Elliott
The musicians of the San Diego Symphony will be getting a $10k raise over the next five years.

With $1.5 million deficit, Pittsburgh Symphony at ‘Critical Crossroad’

Trib-Live: Mark Kanny
Pittsburgh Symphony is at a “critical crossroad,” said President Malia Tourangeau on Monday as she urged approval of more than $1.4 million from the Regional Asset District. Despite exceeding budget goals for the 2015-16 season in earned and contributed income, the orchestra will post a $1.5 million deficit for the season ending Aug. 31, she said.Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Musicians Reject Proposed Contract
Star-Telegram: Andrea Ahles
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians Sunday night rejected a new contract proposed by symphony management, setting the stage for a strike vote later this week.
Edinburgh Festivals Break Box Office Records Again in 2016
The Stage: Thom Dibdin
The Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe have broken box office records for their events this year, with EIF posting ticket sales valued at more than £4 million.

A View on Female Conductors: Time to Take the Baton

The Guardian Editorial
Women have equality in many departments of the classical music world. But conducting remains a male preserve, which is not acceptable.

South African Opera House Accused of Exploiting Black Singers

The Guardian: Severin Carrell and Mark Brown
Chorus members were dismissed after challenging discrepancies in pay for appearing abroad in opera set in colonial Africa.

Rising from the Ruins: An Opera Brings Healing to Nepal

American Theatre: Deborah Merola
A cross-cultural opera in Nepal isn’t just building dialogue—it’s also helping to rebuild a quake-ravaged city.

The Great Orchestra Challenge: A UK TV Show

The Guardian: Paul Daniel
Amateur orchestras are the lifeblood of the UK’s musical culture, says Paul Daniel, the judge of the BBC’s new series searching for the country’s best.
Kickstarter’s Impact On The Creative Economy
A recent study finds that Kickstarter projects have employed 283,000 part-time collaborators in bringing creative projects to life; created 8,800 new companies and nonprofits, and 29,600 full-time jobs; such jobs have generated more than $5.3 billion in direct economic impact for those creators and their communities.
 15 Musicians Spent the Night in an Active Volcano. Listen to What Happened.
NYT: Charly Wilder
Last Thursday at dusk, 15 musicians gathered at an active volcanic crater on this small island in the southern Aegean Sea for an experiment in improvisational site-specific performance. They played for 10.5 hours.
The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
at the Kelley School of Business offers one of the most comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculums in the world, with nationally-ranked academic programs that a wide range of real-world entrepreneurial experiences through cross-campus initiatives with university departments and involvement with the business community.
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OECD Weekly Digest – August 29, 2016

Digest-Title-3-520Welcome to the first issue of the OECD’s Weekly Digest of the semester! If you’d like to add your voice to the listings we choose each week, please don’t hesitate to send us a note.

Welcome to the first issue of the OECD’s Weekly Digest of the semester! If you’d like to add your voice to the listings we choose each week, please don’t hesitate to send us a note.
While We Were Away… BREXIT!
A seismic event this summer was Brexit, a referendum in the UK that led to the separation of Britain from the European Union.

Can Opera Become an Agent of Change?
NYT: Zachary Woolfe
A review of “Abduction From the Seraglio” at Lyon Opera opens up the question.

A Renaissance of Conductorless Orchestras Reveals the Limits of Traditional Leadership
New Statesman: James Chater
What could the modern counterparts of the first conductor-free orchestras, once a socialist utopian vision, teach our politicians today?

Aging of America. What Does It Mean for the Future of the Arts?

Barry’s Blog
America is dealing with both ends of population changes:  1) the coming of age of the Millennials, now having surpassed the Baby Boomers in absolute numbers; and 2) the aging of those Baby Boomers as they begin, en masse, to become seniors (aged 65 and up).

Chorus America Releases First-Ever Study of Choral Music Audiences

Chorus America Staff
A new report released by Chorus America provides the first-ever systematic look at what moves and motivates the people who attend choral music concerts.

Big Music Doesn’t Need Huge Halls

NYT: Anthony Tommasini
Most concert halls and opera houses are just too big. More intimate performance spaces have, with reason, become the rage.

Would Donald Trump Make Art Great Again?

The Washington Post: Phillip Kennicott
Arts leaders say they are nervous in general about the candidacy of Donald Trump, who has deployed authoritarian language more consistently than any major political figure in memory, but they are not particularly worried about this country’s robust tradition of free expression.


Dance is the Most Physically Demanding Job in America

Reno Gazette-Journal: Steve Trounday
Business Insider covered the 27 most physically active jobs in the US.

What We Learned from the First New York Opera Fest

WQXR: Merrin Lazyan
There may be no better time than the present to be an opera fan in New York City, which is currently home to approximately 80 companies.

Opera as a Midlife Crisis: A New Company Takes a Fresh Look at a Classic

The Washington Post: Anne Midgette
A new opera ensemble that’s seeking to change established opera-world models.

Remaking Pennsylvania Ballet, Ángel Corella Hires 17 New Dancers

NYT: Michael Cooper
The company’s artistic director, Ángel Corella, has now overseen the departure and replacement of more than half of its dancers since his arrival in 2014.

Why More Women Are Winning at Musical Chairs

Bloomberg News: Melvyn Krauss
Fairness, feminism and affirmative action has very little to do with this development.

Los Angeles Opera Sales Are Up

LA Times: David Ng
Los Angeles Opera said unaudited figures for its recently ended 30th anniversary season show a 19.9% increase in the number of tickets sold and a 27.6% rise in ticket revenue compared with the previous season.

European Tour will be Minnesota Orchestra’s Final ‘First’ on the Comeback Trail

Star Tribune: Graydon Royce
Audiences and critics will be eager to hear whether this is the same band that delighted London audiences in 2010.

Atlanta Symphony on Firmer Ground, Records Second Budget Surplus in a Row
ArtsATL: Scott Freeman
What a difference a couple of years can make.

Kansas City Symphony Breaks Records, Busts Trends
KC Business Journal: Brian Kaberline
Perhaps more impressive, the symphony series performances sold 95 percent of available tickets, on average.

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Musicians Authorize Strike
The Buffalo News: Mark Sommer
Musicians of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra last month overwhelmingly approved a strike authorization for the first time in the symphony’s 87-year history.

The Resurrection of Nantes: How Free Public Art Brought the City Back to Life
The Guardian: Giovanna Dunmall
If you make people pay for culture, or only offer it in enclosed spaces like theatres or museums, you will only ever reach a small percentage of the population.

After the Cultural Revolution: What Western Classical Music Means in China

The Guardian: Madeleine Thien
The Cultural Revolution had catastrophic consequences for musicians in China, where listening to Beethoven became a political crime. Fifty years on, how have attitudes changed?

Beautiful Ballet in a Violent Slum
CNN: Allison Love
On a hilltop overlooking the sprawling Complexo de Alemão favela, girls fill an old basketball court in Rio de Janeiro.

Bringing Ballet to the Townships of South Africa
PBS Newshour: Martin Seemungal
While many cultural divides still remain, some black South Africans are now turning to ballet, once reserved for wealthy whites.

Music Producers Explain How They Created a Hit (Hint: collaboration!)
NYT: Joe Coscarelli
Benefiting from the cross-pollination of regions and genres, these collaborations can introduce the featured artists to new audiences, with rappers and crooners crossing over among dance-pop aficionados.

Montreal’s Video Game Orchestra Ushers in all Generations
The Star: Allan Woods
Quebecers take their video games seriously, so it seems only natural that the capital of Canada’s gaming industry would be the place to translate the sounds, songs and melodies of a generation into serious music.

New Video Game Goes with Ballet and Modern Art
Inverse: Steve Haske
Even for an independent game scene already teeming with strange and interesting projects from around the world, Bound sticks out.

Algorithm and Blues: Putting a Google-Written Song to the Test
The Star (Toronto): Nick Patch
Google’s computers wrote a song. In the hands of a professional musician, does the tune have potential?

Kickstarter’s Impact On The Creative Economy
A recent study finds that Kickstarter projects have employed 283,000 part-time collaborators in bringing creative projects to life; created 8,800 new companies and nonprofits, and 29,600 full-time jobs; such jobs have generated more than $5.3 billion in direct economic impact for those creators and their communities.

Why Do We Love Bad Singing?
Slate: Carl Wilson
From Florence Foster Jenkins to William Hung to Rebecca Black, America has long been fascinated with failed crooners. But who decides what’s good, what’s good-bad, and what’s just bad?

Meryl Streep Explains Our Fascination with Florence Foster Jenkins
WQXR host Elliott Forrest sat down with both stars prior to opening day to discuss our endless fascination with this peculiar figure as well as her partner and manager, St. Clair Bayfield.

The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
at the Kelley School of Business offers one of the most comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculums in the world, with nationally-ranked academic programs that a wide range of real-world entrepreneurial experiences through cross-campus initiatives with university departments and involvement with the business community.


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Job Postings from the BRIDGE D-base!

Performance Organization Location Job ID
Violin, Viola and Cello Fellowships Grant Park Music Festival Chicago, IL 60848
Chorus Auditions Arizona Opera Phoenix/Tucson, AZ 61113
Principal Trombone Oregon Symphony Portland, OR 61051
Pianist/Organist John Wesley United Methodist Ch Falmouth, MA 61078
Teaching Job ID
Director of Jazz Princeton University Princeton, NJ 57028
Lecturer in Music (Trumpet) University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 61072
Guitar Teacher 77 Arts Academy Acton, MA 60553
Project Opera Music Director Minnesota Opera Minneapolis, MN 60971
Grants, Competitions, & Workshops Job ID
2016 Frances Walton Competition Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Seattle, WA 61125
NBT Bank Fellowship Program Vermont Mozart Festival Burlington, VT 60964
Baroque Performance Institute Oberlin College & Conservatory Oberlin, OH 11550
Composers Workshop Napa Music Festival N Hollywood, CA 53883
Arts Administration Job ID
Dean of the Arts Univ of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA 61091
Education Manager Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra New Orleans, LA 61151
Program Manager ArtsConnection New York, NY 58808
Music Librarian & Coord of Mus Library DePauw University Greencastle, IN 60994


Teaching Organization Location Job ID
Director of Jazz Princeton University Princeton, NJ 57028
Music Teacher/Artist Arts All Day Cambridge, MA 60985
Sax/Jazz Ens Coach, Junior Trinity Trinity Laban Conservatoire London, U.K. 61142
Asst/Assoc Professor of Composition University of Toronto Toronto, ON 61017
Grants, Fellowships & Workshops Job ID
Mid-Missouri Composers Symposium Osage Arts Community Belle, MO 53194
Family Residency Program I-Park Foundation East Haddam, CT 61083
Choral Composers Forum Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA 22694
Composers Workshop Napa Music Festival N Hollywood, CA 53883
Competitions Job ID
Call for Scores: Core+ Boston New Music Initiative Salem, MA 61084
Call for Scores – I-Park Residency ensemble mise-en New York, NY 60962
2016 Young Composers Competition The Capital Hearings Washington, D.C. 54838
Brian M. Israel Competition Society for New Music New York, NY 4044
Arts Administration Job ID
Music Booking Agency Internship International Music Network Gloucester, MA 52231
Engagement Manager for Arts Camp Henry Street Settlement New York, NY 61171
Dean of the Arts Univ of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA 61091
Arts Admissions Counselor Univ of Maryland, Baltimore Co Baltimore, MD 40218





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Liberation Music Collective Concert in Nashville features jazz, written word

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An innovative new work that pulls together words and music will be performed Saturday at the Brown County Playhouse.

The Liberation Music Collective

The Liberation Music Collective

“Utopia: 21st Century Reflections on the Pursuit of Perfection” combines music by the Liberation Music Collective, words by the Brown County Writers, Readers and Poets Society with narration by Yael Ksander.

Hannah Fidler and Matt Riggen are leaders of IU’s Liberation Music Collective. The two students started the band that is dedicated to dealing with contemporary issues with music, specifically jazz.

The topic of “Utopia” was one Fidler found easy to connect with.

“The idea came to me because I am a Wells scholar, and every freshman Wells class is taken to New Harmony for a retreat in the spring of their freshman year,” she said.

The trip gives the freshman an opportunity to explore the area, its buildings and museums.

“It was vivid in my memory and in my awareness because of that trip,” she said. So when the group was chosen to participate in the concert, Fidler thought Utopia was a vivid part of history that the show could focus on.

The production will focus on three utopian experiments in the state: the Rappite and Owenite communities in New Harmony and Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple in Indianapolis. The Liberation Music Collective has written original music to be woven with the words of the Brown County writers.

“This is a very unique opportunity, and we’re very grateful to Project Jumpstart to be the student group that will be featured in there and with the Brown County Playhouse,” Fidler said.

Riggen said the concert was also a unique opportunity to use jazz music with the words of the Brown County writers. There is a history of narrative in jazz and telling stories, but spoken word is a bit more unusual, Fidler said.

The inclusion of the Peoples Temple may cause some people to pause. The end result of that Utopian society was the mass suicide of many of its followers in Jonestown, Guyana. Riggen said the writings of the Peoples Temple, however, were focused on a society where people worked together.

The duo spent about two and a half months preparing music for the show and predicted they would be working on it until Saturday.

Although it’s been a lot of work, the end result has been rewarding. As leaders, both Fidler and Riggen have had to learn what that means and how to achieve what they want from the group.

“Being in that position, having to lead, having to get your ideas across, not everyone gets to figure out how to get what they want,” Riggen said.

Both said IU has been great in teaching them how to play well, but they feel that leading this group and participating in this event has put them “light years” beyond their peers.

“I see the Liberation Music Collective as the start of my professional career. It is the beginnings and testing grounds for my professional career. You learn a lot about yourself when you put yourself out there,” Fidler said.

Working together, Fidler and Riggen also realize how important it is to work with someone whose strengths you admire.

“Matt is our resident mad scientist. Matt has a kind of energy and drive that really energizes the whole band, and he has such a proliferation of ideas, musical ideas. There’s always something on the tip of his tongue that he wants to try out,” Fidler said.

“As energetic and idea-driven as I am, I am all over the place all the time,” Riggen said. “And Hannah is very much steps-toward-the-goal-oriented. I’ve learned so much about just being good at organizing people.”

As leaders of the band, the two also credit the members of the band. Riggen said he’s learned to figure out the strengths of the band members. With that knowledge, he’s able to write music that really allows him or her to shine. In band member Durand Jones, Riggen said he saw a little bit of Roscoe Mitchell. With that in mind, Riggen said he wrote a feature where Durand gets to play like Mitchell.

“It’s so good every time,” Riggen said.

Fidler said she’s learned so much from the band and leading others, and said it’s been an honor to work with such talented people.

“We deliver because they deliver,” she said.

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Innovation Competition Winners: Stephen Johnson and Matthew Leone

Congratulations to the winner of this year’s Project Jumpstart Innovation Competition, Stephen Johnson, and runner up Matthew Leone.

From left to right, Janette Fishell, Donald Kuratko, Kathryn Sherman, Matthew Leone, Stephen Johnson, Travis Brown, and Monika Herzig.

From left to right, Janette Fishell, Donald Kuratko, Kathryn Sherman, Matthew Leone, Stephen Johnson, Travis Brown, and Monika Herzig.

Stephen, a first year master’s musicology student, won with “The Listener’s Guide” (TLG), a popular YouTube channel full of fun and engaging videos about classical music. TLG equips new audiences with the tools to understand classical music and encourages them to appreciate and support musical institutions.

Runner-up Matthew Leone, a PhD student in musicology, with “Facing the Music”, an innovative pre-concert lecture series that brings musical scholarship out of academia and into the concert hall.


The competition final round was hosted by the Kelley School’s Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the to the judges were Janette Fishell (Professor of Music in Organ and Chair of the Organ Department), Kathryn Sherman (Winner of the 2015 Innovation Competition), Donald Kuratko (Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business, Executive and Academic Director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation), Travis Brown (Director of Strategic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship at the School of Informatics and Computing), and Monika Herzig (SPEA Senior Lecturer and renowned Jazz Musician).

Kudos to the additional eight semi-finalists and finalists, who presented their very impressive ideas.

Jaime Carini – OnCue Music
* Finalist
OnCue Music is a software program that coordinates the administrative and production activities of a liturgical music director

Yesong Na – PreA Music
* Finalist
PreA Music is a new portal for innovative music education in 21st Century, teaching improvisation, composition and group projects, encouraging students to grow into confident, curious, driven social and independent adults.

Reuben Walker – The Asher Method
* Finalist
The Asher Method is a process by which performers and composers collaboratively develop musical performances stemming from their varied talents and perspectives.

Oscar Ban – The Marching Arts Forum
The Marching Arts Forum is a network of collegiate organizations that support the development of music and marching educators by providing valued resources.

Rachel Rodgers – Entrepreneur Connection
Entrepreneur Connection is an online platform and mobile application that connects artistic entrepreneurs to like-minded people of a particular expertise, assisting the team building process for innovative ideas and start ups.

Marcus Grant – Enlightened Exhibition
Enlightened Exhibition is a 2-day experiential workshop taking developing musicians on a journey with successful composers, teachers, performers, and music entrepreneurs to discover, embrace, and expand their musical voice.

Nikita Haduong – Music Concierge Service
Music Concierge Service diversifies music consumption by recommending music that caters to your every preference.

Tommy Rorabeck – Department of Modern Music
The Department of Modern Music provides an innovative and relevant performance outlet where students who wish to play popular, modern music can develop the necessary skills to succeed in today’s music industry.

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Announcing the Project Jumpstart 2016 INNOVATION COMPETITION


Initial Letter of Interest deadline: December 18 Open to any student enrolled in the Jacobs School of Music

  • Present Your Own, One-of-a-Kind Entrepreneurial Project
  • Monetary prize for the top two winners! Mentoring offered to all finalists!

To spark innovation in the Jacobs School, we’re holding the third annual Project Jumpstart Innovation Competition! If you’re interested in developing an innovative project, or if your student group or ensemble would like to present an idea, follow these simple steps:

  1. DEVELOP AN INNOVATIVE & ENTREPRENEURIAL IDEA This can be anything: a performance project, an app, a service, a festival, a residency. Not sure about your idea? Send Jumpstart an email and we can talk it over.
  2. JOIN US AT OUR CALLOUT MEETING Saturday, December 12th | 10am -12pm | MU011 > STUDENTS: Sign Up via the Career Portal Meet us over bagels and coffee to discuss your ideas and ask any questions you may have about the competition or your idea.
  3. LETTER OF INTEREST Deadline: Friday, December 18th Write a brief (200 word max) description of what you plan to do and send it to jumpstar@indiana.edu.
  4. SUBMIT A COMPLETE PROPOSAL Deadline: Monday, January 18th Email your proposal (5 pages maximum) with any accompanying media (links to media work as well) to jumpstar@indiana.edu.
  5. PRESENT YOUR PROPOSAL Saturday, January 30th, from 10am-12pm (location TBD) Finalists will be invited to present their project proposals to a panel comprised of Jacobs School faculty and administration, a representative from the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Kelley School of Business, and a member of the greater Bloomington community.

> Read about last year’s winners.

We can’t wait to see the entrepreneurial minds of the Jacobs School come together for what is sure to be a thrilling event!

Good Luck! Team Jumpstart

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