“Making Bad Singers Sound Good” at the Touch of a Button

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It used to be that people in this country sang all the time. Around pianos. On porches. In factories and cotton fields. But with the advent of recorded sound and the growing professionalization of music-making in the late 19th and 20th centuries, people largely moved away from singing themselves to passively listening to others with more expertise -- and sex appeal -- do it. "It’s not surprising that this has happened," says Prerna Gupta, the chief product officer at Smule, a company that develops music-making apps for mobile devices, and the … [Read more...]

The Responsibility of a Fiscal Sponsor

Small arts organizations are beholden to fiscal sponsors. They can't apply for grants unless they're a non-profit entity themselves (which isn't worth doing when you're first starting out) or affiliated to an organization with 501c3 status that can process tax-deductible donations on behalf of the fledgling sponsee. What are the responsibilities of theses fiscal sponsors to their charges? From my own experiences as the head of a small media arts organization (a weekly public radio series and multimedia project devoted to the art of singing, … [Read more...]