Weekly Digest – October 24


Musical America Names Yuja Wang 2017 Artist of the Year
Musical America, a brand that has stayed vital across its two centuries of distinguished publishing history, has announced its annual awards, to be presented at a ceremony in December at Carnegie Hall. Pianist Yuja Wang has been chosen as artist of the year, with Eighth Blackbird, Susanna Mälkki, Andrew Norman, and Eric Owens recognized as ensemble, conductor, composer, and vocalist of the year 2017.


UNESCO Report Says Culture Makes Cities Safer and Stronger
BlouinArtInfo: Lisa Contag
The UNESCO makes a strong case for systematically fostering culture in city planning in its new “Global Report, Culture: Urban Future,” launched on October 18 at the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador.

The Money Pit: Orchestras that Strike Should Remember How Far They’ve Come
The Wall Street Journal: Terry Teachout
With the justifiable anger that musicians sometimes feel about their salaries, it’s worth remembering—yet hardly ever mentioned in news reports—that most orchestral musicians in the U.S. make a lot more money than they did only a couple of generations ago. A response from Norman Lebrecht: Why The Wall Street Journal is Wrong on the Pittsburgh Strike

David Wallace: Becoming Village People
21CM (video)
At the 21CMposium, David Wallace, chair of Berklee College of Music’s String Department, talks about how his program cultivates a “village mindset,” where faculty and students collaborate to create a diverse, open-minded, and noncompetitive environment.

Jonathan Biss: ‘Performing Can be Inspiring, or The Thing That Eats You’ The Guardian: Interview by Fiona Maddocks Jacobs alumnus, internationally renowned pianist, discussed composers and mortality, having two violinist parents, and his lack of coordination in all things not piano-related.

R.E.M. Bassist on ‘Breaking Down Walls Between Classical and Rock’”
Rolling Stone: Kory Grow
Mike Mills, violinist Robert McDuffie are touring in support of recently released ‘Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra’              .


Dance Audiences Are Down in NYC, Study Finds
The Wall Street Journal: Pia Catton
A 20% decrease in the number of paid attendees as live performances emerged in the study run by the advocacy group Dance/NYC – looking at 172 dance companies over a 2ix-year period.

The Musical Map of the United States
Brooklyn Magazine
A delightful map – and a collection of more than fifty essays by writers who have strongly associated a song with a state, melds all of this—geography, lived experience, and music—in one.

Benjamin Grosvenor Awarded Philharmonic’s New Piano Prize
New York Times: Michael Cooper
The young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, who has been making the leap from child prodigy to a maturing star, has been named the first recipient of a new $30,000 classical piano prize awarded by the New York Philharmonic.

Former Lincoln Center President’s New Post: At National Sawdust
New York Times: Michael Cooper
Jed Bernstein, whose tenure as the president of Lincoln Center was cut short last spring after he failed to disclose a relationship with an employee, is crossing the river for his next post: He is now an adviser at National Sawdust, the new-music space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

ICE’s Founder, Claire Chase, Will Relinquish Leadership Role New York Times: Michael Cooper It’s been an aspiration of the group since the very beginning to evolve into being an artist’s collective,” Ms. Chase said in an interview. “And after 15 years I think we can say that we’ve achieved that — and that it’s time to not be founder-led.

Philadelphia Orchestra Adopts Aspects of Michael M. Kaiser’s Report
The Inquirer: Peter Dobrin
The Philadelphia Orchestra will program musicals. It will set up new philanthropic councils made up from donors with special interests and, starting in 2018, from outside the city. The orchestra is starting a series of master classes with guest artists. And it will develop more ways to lure and keep younger donors.

Best and Worst of Times for Freelance Classical Singers in Philly
The Inquirer: David Patrick Stearns
New, entirely professional, and a child of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir would seem to be much-needed good news on the choral landscape. But so far in its formation, some Philadelphia vocal freelancers are experiencing consternation or even heartbreak at how it’s being handled.

Chuck Berry Celebrates 90th Birthday with First Album in 38 Years
Rolling Stone: Daniel Kreps
Rock n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry, who turned 90 on Tuesday, celebrated his birthday by announcing that his new LP Chuck, the guitarist’s first LP in 38 years, will arrive in 2017 on Dualtone Records.


Beijing’s Glowing Concert Hall is a Symphony of Visual and Audio Design
New Atlas: Stu Robarts
When you’re one of the world’s top symphony orchestras, it’s only right that you should play in one of the world’s best concert halls. That was the basis upon which MAD Architects worked when designing a new translucent, glowing, lotus-flower-inspired home for the China Philharmonic Orchestra.

English National Opera Appoints New Music Director
ClassicalMusic: Elinor Cooper
Conductor Martyn Brabbins will take up the post immediately.

Nobel Panel Gives Up Knockin’ on Dylan’s Door
The Guardian
Days after being awarded the literature prize, Bob Dylan has yet to get in touch with the Swedish Academy, or indicate whether he will attend the celebrations.

Leeds International Piano Competition to be Revamped
BBC: Mark Savage
The Leeds International Piano Competition, which launched the careers of Andras Schiff and Murray Perahia, is to be overhauled in an attempt to bring it to a wider audience.


A New App, Rotor, Turns iPad Into Electronic Music Performance Suite
ROTOR is the new app that turns the iPad into a comprehensive electronic music performance suite. Using the optional ROTOR controllers, which can be purchased separately, it also brings the reactable tangible music experience that has captivated musicians such as Björk, Coldplay or Gui Boratto, for the first time into the iPad.

The Future of Pop Culture
The Guardian
AI, VR and smartphones are changing the way we consume culture, but what comes next? From film to visual arts, we explore entertainment’s new frontiers

Uber, But for Millennials Who Want Orchestras in Their Living Rooms
Wired Magazine
Around 20 Groupmuse shows happen across the country every week, mostly in Boston, New York, Seattle and the Bay Area.

An Unsigned Artist Makes 4X More from Streaming Than a Major Label Artist
According to to new calculations released by Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, signing to a major label can cost an artist dearly when it come to streaming royalties.  Specifically, an unsigned artist can expect to receive nearly four times the royalty from streaming than an artist signed to a major label.

Vlogging for Musicians: The equipment you’ll need
For music artists looking to build a brand for themselves online, videos can factor heavily into a music marketing plan. This is part one of a two-part post with advice about vlogging for musicians. Here, we take a look at the equipment you’ll need to build your video empire.


All About The Bass
Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM) is debuting a new instrument Thursday, one that will be hard to miss. The octobass measures 3.6 metres and weighs 131 kilos. The OSM has the distinction of being the only orchestra in the world in possession of one.

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Weekly Digest – October 17



Dylan-NobelBob Dylan as Richard Wagner
The New Yorker: Alex Ross
The announcement that Bob Dylan will be given the Nobel Prize in Literature set off a predictable but not entirely pointless controversy. The questions posed by this latest Dylan coronation go deeper than the winner-takes-all cultural economy of the early twenty-first century. We are confronted, once again, with the intricately tangled relationship between words and music. What happens when they merge? How does the language of one affect the language of the other? When a sung text takes hold of us, which is the more active force?

Does a Musician Have Any Right to Win the Nobel Prize in Literature?
Washington Post: Ron Charles

Arts Journal: Greg Sandow


We Live In An Information Society, Not a Society of Culture
SwissInfo: Rodrigo Couto, Morges
Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit rarely gives interviews. But on the occasion of his 80th birthday, the Grammy-winner spoke to swissinfo.ch about a 55-year career that started with conducting at age 14, and what he hopes will be his legacy.

Why the 21st Century is the Most Exciting Time for Music
NewMusicBox: Frank J. Oteri
At only 16 years in, it’s still a bit presumptuous to make sweeping statements about the 21st century, but I’d like to posit a grand claim: our new century is the most exciting time to be making and listening to music.

What is the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Future After the Strike?
Philly.com: Peter Dobrin
The vision of the future, actually, is startlingly obvious: The orchestra must be critically unassailable when it is playing in Verizon or Carnegie halls. And at Capitolo Playground or in Camden, it must be forming deep connections between newbies and a great art form that is needed more than ever in noisy times.

The Prodigy Complex
Van: Hartmut Welscher
Since the time of Leopold Mozart, who dragged his son through the drawing rooms of Europe’s nobility like a trained monkey, the prodigal youngster has become a familiar, peculiar trope in classical music hagiography.

A Universal Music
NewMusicBox: Aakash Mittal
How is universal music possible? Is not music, like language, born of culture and environment? Is not each musical style a unique expression of place and experience?

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra’s Evolution Raises Issues of Mission
New York Times: Anthony Tommasini
The decision to turn the Simón Bolívar orchestra pro, in a sense, may have been a miscalculation. For one thing, it raises expectations of excellence. When it was a student ensemble, it was easy to simply root for these inspired young musicians. But the music-making during these three recent programs, though exciting, was uneven, certainly not at the level the orchestra’s current status would call for.

David Bowie as Muse? Why One Composer Says So
New York Times: Allan Kozinn
A tribute to David Bowie, who died in January – and whom composer Glenn Branca described as “a kind of muse” – is the main draw on a program he will lead on Saturday at Roulette in Brooklyn.


ICE’s Founder, Clair Chase, Will Relinquish Leadership Role
NY Times: Michael Cooper
The group is about to embark on one of its biggest transitions yet: Ms. Chase is stepping down from her leadership position there to become, in her words, a member of the band, and to be able to devote more time to her blossoming career as a soloist.

The U.S. Marine Band, America’s Oldest Music Group
WQXR: Lucy Hatem
Music has been a part of America’s history since the very beginning. In fact, America’s oldest continuously active professional music organization predates Washington, D.C.

Daniel Hope and San Francisco’s New Century Join in “Artistic Partnership
San Francisco Classical Voice: Janos Gereben
Ever since the announcement by New Century Chamber Orchestra that its music director will leave at the end of the current season, the organization has been faced with Mission Impossible: replacing the irrepressible and — not to mince words — irreplaceable Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

Leonard Cohen Makes it Darker
New Yorker: David Remnick
At eighty-two, the troubadour has another album coming. Like him, it is obsessed with mortality, God-infused, and funny.

New York Phil Saves Contact! New-Music Series
New York Times: Michael Cooper
In an extraordinary step, Matthew VanBesien, Alan Gilbert, Jaap van Zweden, and Esa-Pekka Salonen step in to save the series.

The Forensic Musicologist Musicians Call When Two Tunes Sound Alike
New York Times: Alex Marshall
Peter Oxendale, a onetime glam rocker (“We all have skeletons,” he says), is perhaps the world’s leading forensic musicologist, the person musicians call when they believe someone has ripped off their work. In a penthouse overlooking the English Channel, he analyzes songs, everything from pop hits to classical pieces, until he is sure there has been an infringement, or not.

Is This Millennial Composer the Next Mozart?
Ozzy.com: Libby coleman
Outside, sorority sisters and fraternity brothers in neon-lettered T-shirts walk hand in hand past campus police officers. Inside, just a block away from the University of Southern California’s “Frat Row,” 22-year-old Tim Callobre is intently focused on his music. No Top 40 or bumping DJ beats here; Callobre’s music has landed him performances at the White House and Carnegie Hall. It’s classical stuff. High-minded to the T.

A Ballet Dancer, A Singer, A Drag Queen
New York Times: Brian Schaefer
Pushing boundaries is something of a habit for Mr. Whiteside, 32, who joined American Ballet as a soloist in 2012 and became a principal a year later. Yes, he professionally plays Prince Charmings, but he also leads alternative artistic lives: as a pop singer, JbDubs, and drag queen, Uhu Betch.

As Creative Placemaking Continues to Grow, New Help for Practitioners to Get it Right
Inside Philanthropy: Mike Scutari
Much like recent developments in the field of liberal arts education, it’s one of those areas where both private and public funders are on the same page.

Boyle Heights Activists Way White Art Elites are Ruining the Neighborhood…But it’s Complicated
Los Angeles Times: Carolina A. Miranda
A century ago, if you’d uttered the word “artist,” chances are it would have been accompanied by the modifier “starving.” Today, artists are more liable to be described as the “gentrifying foot soldiers of capitalism,” harbingers of highfalutin coffee and six-figure loft living.


Gustavo Dudamel: 2015 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal
Dudamel’s Website
“Some people think that art is a luxury and must be cut back in times of crisis. These people must understand that precisely during times of crisis the unforgivable sin is to cut access to art. In my beloved home of Venezuela such a crisis is happening right now. People are spending their days looking for food, medicine and the necessities of life. The same arguments exist — how can we fund music — the arts — when basic needs are not being met?”

The Bolshoi’s Swans of Steel
New Republic: Maddison Mainwaring
Surviving revolution after revolution, the ballet company has long served as a mirror for Russia’s obfuscating statecraft.

From Armstrong to Winehouse: the evolution of jazz in the US and the UK
Sponsored by Jaguar!
The US and the UK have spent the last century influencing and encouraging each other’s jazz musicians. Below is a visual exploration of how jazz grew and developed due in large part to the symbiotic relationship between the two countries.

UK Decides to Phase Out Art History Exams Over Protests of Art History Teachers
BBC: Judith Burns
AQA’s decision stems from government changes to A-levels in England which have required new syllabuses in all subjects.


Stunning ‘Soundsuits’ Address the Realities of Racial Profiling in America
Huffington Post: Katherine Brooks
Artist Nick Cave’s work is best described as an explosion of color, texture and noise. Born in Fulton, Missouri, in 1959, Cave is known for his soundsuits ― wearable artworks that can be displayed as still objects or incorporated into wild performances as costumery. “The soundsuits hide gender, race, class and they force you to look at the work without judgment.”

4 Tips for Successfully Building Your Personal Music Brand
Music Think Tank
There’s so much more to being a professional musician than just creating and playing music. If you want to make it in this business, you’ve got to stand out from the crowd, and when it comes to musicians, that’s tough.

Before You Waste Money on a Lawyer: 5 Legal Steps for Every New Artist
DigitalMusicNews: Steve Gordan
This is the ninth installment of an 11-part series I’m writing for Digital Music News on basic music industry agreements.  It discusses business actions a band should take, and can take at no or little cost, without the services of an attorney.


Paramusical Ensemble
Aeon – a 9-Minute Video worth watching!
Heartwarming and fascinating in equal measure, Paramusical Ensemble captures the first public performance of ‘Activating Memory’ at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in London, and explores how emerging brain-computer interface technologies could help those who are unable to walk, move or speak to reconnect and communicate with others, including through creative expression.


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Weekly Digest – October 10


August 10, 2016

With the decision by Joseph Polisi to step down as president of Juilliard after three decades, we take a look at how a few institutions around the U.S. are adapting to the 21st century


Turandot: Time to Call it Quits on Orientalist Opera?
Opera Philadelphia
As contemporary audiences become increasingly sophisticated in their ability to discern negative ethnic stereotyping and inherent gender bias, one has to wonder at what point do we retire a problematic piece?

Sibbi Bernhardsson Interviews Menahem Pressler
Pacifica Quartet
Filmed in September, the interview is a powerful reminder of Distinguished Professor Pressler’s extraordinary spirit.

How Humanities Can Help Fix the World
The Chronicle of Higher Education: John McCumber
In particular, it is the humanities that teach us how not to be racists, by showing us how to open ourselves up to what is different.

You Bought It, but You Don’t Own It
Slate: Aaron Fellmeth
We now live in a chasm between the old product-based copyright law and the newish reality of cloud computing, streaming on-demand content, and content-as-a-service.

Greedy Bosses and Musicians on Strike – The Crisis Engulfing Classical Music
The Telegraph (UK): Ivan Hewett
The economic reality of American orchestras is out of kilter with the mindset of their managers, which treats orchestras as competitors in a pure free-market. As long as that ethos prevails, these top American orchestras will continue to lurch from crisis to crisis.

Why Allentown Symphony is Unlike Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Orchestras that Went on Strike
The Morning Call: Kathy Lauer-Williams
The Allentown Symphony Orchestra is seeing its audience grow and revenues increase. The musicians will vote next week on a three-year contract that gives them a raise.

WFMT Steve Robinson Retires and Talks about Classical Music
Chicago Reader: Deanna Isaacs
At a challenging time for the radio industry, there also seem to be limitless opportunities.


Philly Orchestra Board OK’s New Contract; Players Play Pop-Up Concerts All Over Town
Philly.com: Patrick Stearns and Peter Dobrin
The entire institution breathed a sigh of relief after the turmoil last week that led to the cancellation of the orchestra’s opening-night gala concert Friday.

USC Celebrates the Opening of a $46-Million Building for Dance
Los Angeles Times: Deborah Vankin
Several hundred USC dance faculty and students, university trustees, professional dancers and choreographers gathered Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the opening of the $46-million Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, the university’s first on-campus building dedicated to dance study.

Will the Pittsburgh Symphony Resort to Hiring Temps?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Elizabeth Bloom
The management of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has told its musicians that it “has an obligation to keep Heinz Hall open” and may “hire replacement workers, either on a temporary or permanent basis, as will be determined by the business necessity we face.”

Grand Opening of Baltimore’s Open Works Underscores Importance of Making, Creativity in Local Communities
Fractured Atlas Open
Works was developed by the Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation (BARCO), a not-for-profit that converts underutilized buildings into platforms for creativity and community building.


Fiddling while Venezuela Starves? Bolívar Symphony Opens Carnegie Season
New York Times: Zathary Woolfe
For all the good El Sistema does, its closeness to the government has made many wonder whether it and the Bolívars are inextricable from — or even function as a kind of propaganda mission for — a regime that has dragged its people to disaster.

Jonathan Cohen Replaces Bernard Labadie at Les Violons du Roy
CBC Music: Robert Rowat
British conductor, harpsichordist and cellist Jonathan Cohen will be the next music director of Les Violons du Roy, the world-famous chamber orchestra based in Quebec City.


World Ballet Day Takes Leap of Faith with ‘Longest Facebook Live Ever’
Mashable: Elise
The marathon Facebook Live ever was touted as the longest livestream the platform has ever hosted, giving a rare window into the real time happenings of rehearsals around the world.

How to Promote Your Music to Bloggers
Music Think Tank
Believe it or not, as a musician, you need blogs. They are the lifeblood of many artists’ careers, and one of the most effective ways for independent musicians to grow their online reach.

Social Media Marketing for Musicians: How to Get More Fans with Facebook
Music Think Tank
No matter who you are, where you live, or what kind of music you play, we all share a common goal: To find fans and build a fanbase. The big blue-and-white F-word at the top of the social media food chain: Facebook.

17 ways to promote your music online
BandZoogle: Jon Ostrow
When it comes to promoting music online, there are far too many channels, networks, forums, platforms, apps and communities for musicians to be involved with to be present on them all. So rather than attempt the impossible, you should focus your efforts on a handful that are likely to bare the most fruit.


World’s Oldest Train Station Hosts Steve Reich’s Different Trains
BBC: Ian Youngs
Reich’s Grammy-winning 1988 work was performed at Edge Hill station, with passenger trains rolling in and out of Liverpool on both sides of the stage. About 1,200 people watched on the station’s Victorian carriage ramp.




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Weekly Digest – October 3

(& some gain)

Just when it seemed that orchestras around the country were trending towards survival in a new era, we learn of three major musician strikes – and one quick resolution!


The Cult of El Sistema Keeps Playing On
Washington Post: Anne Midgette
A review of the recently published book, Playing for Their Lives.

The Arts: Old Assumptions and New Realities
Arts Professional (UK): Jane Earl
1) Everyone wants to take part in arts activities. 2) Everyone accepts the intrinsic place and value of the arts in their lives. 3) Artists shouldn’t have to deal with numbers. 4) Those audiences belong to us. 5) If it’s free to enter, it must be poor quality.

Could the Future of Americana be … British?
The Guardian: Mark Guarino
Thanks in part to Mumford and Sons, there are more UK artists making American roots music – and there’s even government funding to help them in the US.

Yet Another Report Says More Innovation, Rather Than More Enforcement, Reduces Piracy
TechDirt: Mike Masnick
Fighting piracy through greater copyright enforcement doesn’t work. It’s never worked and it’s unlikely to ever work.

Entrepreneur of the Month: Nikita Haduong
IU JSoM – Project Jumpstart
This month, Project Jumpstart interviews Nikita Haduong, co-founder of Argent Games, a consortium of IU Bloomington students who have just produced their newest game, Requiescence. She is a member of the violin studio of Alex Kerr.


Last Week in the Music Business
DigitalMusicNews: Adrian Sanchez
Are vinyl sales going up or are they dying out; Quitting smoking may have weakened Adele’s voice; Shawty Lo died in a tragic car accident; and Facebook messed up big time on their video metrics

Women Fill New York City Ballet’s Season with Splendor
NY Times: Alastair Macaulay
It’s hard to tear yourself away from New York City Ballet just now, in particular from its many excellent ballerinas.

A Singer’s Journey: From Solitary Confinement to the Met Opera
NY Times: Michael Cooper
It was roughly 15 years ago that a high school student from Virginia named Ryan Speedo Green first visited the Metropolitan Opera on a school trip. At the time, he was working to put his life back on track after a rough childhood that included a harrowing two months in juvenile detention. But he set himself an unlikely goal. “I am going to sing at the Met,” he told one of his teachers. And he did.

Handel and Haydn Society Raises More Than $13.5 Million
Boston Globe: Malcolm Gay
The Handel and Haydn Society will mark the opening of its 202nd season on an auspicious note Friday, as the orchestra celebrates the conclusion of a capital campaign that raised more than $13.5 million from more than 600 donors.

Julie Kent, Sweeping the Washington Ballet Forward
The Washington Post: Sarah Kaufman
Just a couple of weeks into her tenure as director, Kent is overseeing preparations for the Washington Ballet’s 40th anniversary celebration. A lot is riding on this single evening.

Brent Assink to Step Down from San Francisco Symphony
Musical America
Interview with Brent Assink, longtime executive director of the San Francisco Symphony, who has resigned, effective in March 2017. Having started in 1999, he will have been in the job for 18 years, making him one of the longest serving top executives among American orchestras.

John Coltrane at 90
ArtsJournal: Doug Ramsey
(In honor of John Coltrane) There are so many options that it is difficult to know what to bring you today to observe the great saxophonist John Coltrane’s (1926-1967) 90th birthday.


Leading British Conductor Sir Neville Marriner Dies at 92
BBC News

Sir Neville started his musical career with the London Symphony Orchestra. He later established the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras. The ensemble is currently let by Joshua Bell.
Norman Lebrecht offers his choice of 10-best recordings from Neville Marriner

Ravi Shankar Opera Receives Posthumous World Premiere
The Guardian: Imogen Tilden
The world-famous musician, first to bring Indian music to a global audience, began work on the composition in the final few years of his life, leaving the project almost finished at his death in December 2012.


This Symphony Had Both Human and Computer Composers
The Washington Post: Steven Overly
The consulting firm Accenture recently commissioned an original symphony composed with creative input from both human musicians and artificial intelligence software.

Check out this wearable metronome that syncs with your smartphone
DigitalMusicNews: Daniel Sanchez
Will feeling your metronome make you a better musician? Here’s something that’s sure to make sense for some people.  Somatic Labs is currently offering a wearable metronome.


The Greatest Record Sleeves
The Guardian
What’s the best-designed album sleeve? The Beatles’ White Album or Kraftwerk’s Autobahn? Miles Davis’s Tutu or Pixies’ Doolittle? Designers of modern album covers including Peter Saville, Vaughan Oliver and more pick their favorites

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Career Digest – September 28, 2016





A bi-weekly digest of career development information, ideas, events, and more from the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development.

Welcome to the FIRST Career Digest from the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development [OECD]. We will be bringing you career development information, ideas, events, and more. We welcome your ideas and suggestions – what do YOU want to know more about? Please let us know!


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UNAPOLOGETICALLY FEMALE: Women Shaping the Music Industry
September 38, 29, 30!
Join us this week for Project Jumpstart’s series – see the Calendar for details on the three sessions and to RSVP
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LIFE AFTER IU: Leveraging LinkedIn
TODAY Wed, Sept 28 | 6pm
Learn to harness the power of professional networking in the online world with this FREE LinkedIn webcast, sponsored by the IU Alumni Association!
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Mon, Oct 3 | 11am -3pm in Alumni Hall
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FIRST THURSDAYS on the Arts Plaza
Thursday, Oct 6 | 5-7pm | by the Showalter Fountain
Music, food, dance, art, games, root beer floats, and more!
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CounselingMeet with an advisor to discuss your career plans, review your resume, CV, bio, website, or any other material. Student groups and ensembles welcome!
Log into the Career Portal to set up an appointment. If you’re logging in for the first time, you’ll need to fill out a few questions to create your profile. We’d love to see you!


ResourcesDo you have a project and need workspace? OECD/JumpstartCentral (MU011) has a conference room equipped with a large flat screen and camera that are great for web conferences, meeting notes, or brainstorming ideas. We also have a media studio with a fast PC, HD video cameras, a great DSLR camera, mics, etc. Student groups are especially welcome!


ResourcesDid you know that there are multiple d-bases full of job opportunities through the “Resources” tab of the OECD Website? We also have a library of excellent documents on how to apply for teaching positions, apply to graduate schools, start your own studio, start your own business, become an entrepreneurial musician, and much more.

Feel free to pop in to MU011 any time to check out the space and share your ideas.


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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.”

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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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