to Shut Down Streaming Radio Service

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The company “said it will continue to deliver personalized music to its listeners via a new music player that’s currently being tested. The difference is the music will not come from its own servers. Instead, music will be piped in from YouTube and VEVO onto the new player.”

Book Editors Say Life’s Too Short To Read Bad Books


“There’s no set way to approach a manuscript. Nobody tells you, ‘This is how to edit. Follow these steps.’ Everyone comes to a manuscript with a different perspective, and you quickly learn that each editor has his or her own personal preferences — conventions they love (and maybe even overuse) and things that are huge pet peeves.”

Can You Really Prosecute Someone For Rap Lyrics? (It’s Being Done)


“The proliferation of cases has alarmed many scholars and defense lawyers, who say that independent of a defendant’s guilt or innocence, the lyrics are being unfairly used to prejudice judges and juries who have little understanding that, for all its glorification of violence, gangsta rappers are often people who have assumed over-the-top and fictional personas.”

Color As Sounds, Paintings As Music (Literally)


“In Neil Harbisson’s cybernetic world, every color has a corresponding note: Red is F, orange is F sharp, G is yellow, C is blue, A is green and so on. He listens to Warhols, paints with sounds and writes music based on what he sees around him.”

Cut The Fulbright Scholarships? What A Bad Idea


“As tensions escalate with countries that were once touchy allies, what we need are more Fulbright grantees in the world, not fewer. Sure, $30 million seems like a lot of money—but it’s actually 0.06 percent of the proposed total State budget.”

Radical Departure: A Gender Difference In Artistic Evolution?


“Radical breaks in style are technically gender neutral, and there are certainly men who have roamed among forms, styles, and even media. I am speaking of a tendency, one that seems to be more noticeable in women working in the twentieth century and beyond, perhaps owing to the fact that more work by women has found its way into the world since 1900.”

The Amazon Books Problem


“There’s a fundamental problem with bookselling as a business: put bluntly, it’s that people aren’t really into buying books. Bezos discovered this via a 1998 survey that found most shoppers didn’t use and probably never would, because—well—Americans buy very few books.”

Osmo Vänskä Is In Talks With Minnesota Orchestra, But –


Would he accept an offer? “Yes, if I can do good music. If I’m going to be able to take care of the orchestra and being their artistic director. And if I’m allowed to make music with them, yes. Otherwise, not.” He also says that the process of “cleaning up things … should happen at every corner of the organization.”

Musicals Move Ever Farther Into Opera Houses’ Repertory

musicals at the opera house

The trend started as a way to increase box office income and get some new people inside the building, but now companies in both the U.S. and Europe are proudly mounting full-scale productions of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sondheim and even Andrew Lloyd Webber. (Don’t worry, they’re not going to do Mamma Mia!.)

Pittsburgh Symphony Puts Off Proposed Tour to Iran

Iran Pittsburgh Symphony

“The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday that it will delay the target date for a potential concert tour in Iran … Originally proposed for late August or September, the tour will now be planned for an unspecified date during the 2014-15 fiscal year, which starts in September.”

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Deaccessioning as a singular event
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Debating the Blue Note 100, and Music Streaming
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‘The President of the USA is disrupting my concert’
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Al Prieve and the Sum of the Parts
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109 Minutes With Tom Campbell
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Investing In People (Or Indentured Servitude?)


“Companies like Upstart, Pave, and Lumni are acting like Kickstarter platforms for people instead of businesses or products. Through them, it’s possible to invest in a human being, funding their education or professional development and getting a cut of their future profits in return.”

Jazz’s Gender Problem – Chicken Or Egg?


“Clearly the rising gender parity of instrumentalists on the bandstand is an inspiration to other women to perform the music, but the question remains open as to whether their presence can equally translate to women in the audience for the music.”

Will The BBC’s Big New Arts Initiative Gain Wide Support?

BBC Proms

“Will it meet with a welcoming, needy response from audiences, longing for access to the world of Glyndebourne, the Hay-on-Wye literary festival and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, as well as, say, the Rolling Stones at Glastonbury and the Last Night of the Proms, current fixtures?”