THE WEEKLY DIGEST
Written by Huib Schippers at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
We are living in a time when many music cultures are in a critical state of survival in terms of support, exposure, prestige, transmission processes, and infrastructure. This is the time for all of us who love, make, or work in music to collaborate with communities across the world to empower them to forge musical futures on their own terms.
Deborah Borda’s Message to Curtis Grads
Philadelphia Enquirer: Peter Dobrin
Deborah Borda, who leaves as president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic to take the same spot at the New York Philharmonic Sept. 15, told Saturday’s audience of students, parents, faculty, and guests that “everything I took for granted as a musician first and then managing America’s great orchestras has changed.
Björk’s Words of Wisdom on Technology, Multitasking, and Collaboration
Pitchfork: Alex Frank
A cult superstar since her progressive Debut nearly a quarter-century ago, Björk now seems to have one eye on the past and one on the future. One view finds her diving headfirst into the tricky world of virtual reality more boldly than anyone else in music. The other sees her offering fans a thoughtful look at her own archive via 34 Scores for Piano, Organ, Harpsichord and Celeste.
Don’t Apologize for Classical Music’s Complexity – That’s its Strength
The Guardian: Alan Davey
Naysayers argue classical music is being chased to extinction by technology. But young audiences in search of authentic experiences are embracing it more than ever before, says Alan Davey, controller of Radio 3
Nina Simone: Her Art and Life in 33 Songs
Pitchfork: Daphne A. Brooks
In conversations with artists including Chan Marshall, Maxwell, and Esperanza Spalding, and through examination of her most iconic songs, we look at the life of a true spellbinder.
“Sgt. Pepper’s” at 50: Was it a Concept Album or an Identity Crisis?
Salon: Annie Zaleski
Beatles fans, get your credit cards ready: On May 26, the Fab Four is unleashing a lavish revamp of 1967’s “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in honor of the landmark album’s 50th anniversary.
Why Deregulation Destroys Spotify, Pandora & the Music Industry Comeback
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Publishers think they’re getting a raw deal in America. And they’re probably right. But you can’t deregulate without destroying some of the biggest music streaming services in the world.
The Arts Brand
Over the past decade we’ve talked a lot about branding and our brands. It’s a somewhat confusing topic, and we are often unsure what we mean by the term. Beyond our organizations, the arts as a whole also have a brand, and this is what interests me.
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