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How A Hit Song Behaves Like A Viral Infection

"When a disease breaks into a population you tend to see a sharp increase in infection cases and eventually it will peak at some point when it sort of makes its way through the susceptible population and starts to decline. We see that same pattern with song downloads in...

What, Exactly Is “Distinctly British” TV?

Former media minister John Whittingdale had some ideas when he recently announced government plans to require UK public service broadcasters to produce “distinctly British” programmes. - The Conversation

What Happened To Books? Well…

"They became tedious redoubts for the pious certainties of a besieged, over-educated and underemployed intellectual class dissatisfied with – and powerless to change – the mindless, capital-driven popular." - Frieze

Science as A Value-Free Enterprise

It is central to science, and its claims to objectivity, that values do not override facts. An important feature of this view of science is the distinction between epistemic and non-epistemic values. - 3 Quarks Daily

Behind Yale’s Failed Singapore Venture

Singapore has followed its dismissal of Yale's liberal education by introducing a Foreign Interference Act that, "under the guise of defending national sovereignty, will enable the government to designate any independent media outlet as a foreign agent and to censor its content." - Salon

BURIED TREASURE: Farwell’s Forbidden “Hako” Quartet — Take Two

My most recent blog was yet another plea that the music of Arthur Farwell – America’s most important

Stephen Beaudoin shares about the chorus of tomorrow

Stephen Beaudoin, Executive Director of The Washington Chorus, talks about the chorus of tomorrow and the role of the arts in building community.

Jaap & Klaus to Flee to Their European Homelands, Terminating Tenuous Tenures at NY Phil & LA MOCA

Perhaps “good riddance” would be an appropriate bicoastal response to the slaps in the face that culture-lovers in New

Cityscape East River NYC (9-20-2021)

A pair of NYPD patrol boats were stationed in the East River at the approach to the 59th Street

Employee Engagement as a Strategy for Community Engagement

Guest Postby Kathleen Riemenschneider For more than two decades I have managed and developed education and community engagement programs, but while earning my doctorate in...

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Science as A Value-Free Enterprise

It is central to science, and its claims to objectivity, that values do not override facts. An important feature of this view of science is the distinction between epistemic and non-epistemic values. - 3 Quarks Daily

Ban Critical Arguments About America’s History? It’s A Familiar Tactic

We found the same arguments used by anti-radical activists as they sought for years to ban from public schools and universities Howard Zinn’s best-selling iconoclastic introduction to the American past. - The Nation

How Digitization Is Changing The Essence Of Collecting Culture

The collector is the only one who decides how to arrange her possessions, ordering books by author, title, theme, or even (unfortunately) color of the cover — and they stay in the same places they’re put. That’s not true of our digital cultural interfaces. - Kyle Chayka

The Queer, Indigenous Creatives Behind Reservation Dogs

Screenwriter Tommy Pico on what that adds to the show: "Humor is a tool — a marker of resilience, a willingness to heal and to be productive in that. It can be a way to take the air out of a situation, to make certain things more digestible. It’s...

In The Musical-To-Movie Pipeline, Is The Strong Dislike For ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Fair?

"How did a beloved Broadway musical — winner of six Tony Awards, including best musical — provoke one of the most widespread and united hate-ons since Cats? How did a movie marketed as a feel good, come-together story get branded 'manipulative' so many times it's nearly become a tagline?" Ouch. - CBC

A Revolution In How/Why We Work

The moral structure of work is up for grabs. And with labor-friendly economic conditions, workers have little to lose by making creative demands on employers. We now have space to reimagine how work fits into a good life. - The New York Times

Behind Yale’s Failed Singapore Venture

Singapore has followed its dismissal of Yale's liberal education by introducing a Foreign Interference Act that, "under the guise of defending national sovereignty, will enable the government to designate any independent media outlet as a foreign agent and to censor its content." - Salon

Recreating Real Life – Including Homelessness – In Video Games

Games like The Sims can get boring, so content creators add virtual challenges to keep themselves, and others, engaged. - Wired

The Ugly Truths Of Hollywood

"I couldn’t help but think about how the approaching opening of the Academy Museum — a space that will celebrate the work of these below-the-line craftspeople — is set against the backdrop of Hollywood’s labor strife with the union that represents these same artisans." - Hyperallergic

As Big Tech Gives In To Big Government, Everyone In Russia Is Harmed

Google and Apple opened offices in Russia. Then Putin pressured them to delete his opposition's Smart Voting app - and they caved. "This episode is a powerful reminder that old-fashioned force can decisively tighten a state’s grip on the web." - Wired

Disney Sues Artists Who Would Like Their Marvel Copyrights Back

But did the copyright ever belong to the artists who wrote and drew the characters? - The New York Times

London Arts Orgs And Audiences Are Jeopardizing Their Comeback By Being Lax About COVID

Mark Pullinger finds that, while venues' staff may be masked themselves, they're not requiring patrons to have face coverings or proof of vaccination (to be clear, they're following the lead of Boris Johnson's government), and he looks with envy at safety measures in Europe and New York. - Bachtrack

How A Hit Song Behaves Like A Viral Infection

"When a disease breaks into a population you tend to see a sharp increase in infection cases and eventually it will peak at some point when it sort of makes its way through the susceptible population and starts to decline. We see that same pattern with song downloads in...

Video Game Music Can Also Truly Be Symphonic

Consider the music of Final Fantasy at Royal Albert Hall: "The two worlds of gaming and classical music merged, and while some concertgoers wore suits and bow ties, others dressed in cosplay as their favorite characters from the game." - The New York Times

Decoding Opera With The New Populist Audio Form

The podcast Aria Code, now in its third season, is a collaboration between the Met and WQXR, and it's hosted by musician Rhiannon Giddens. "Producers aim for a mix of well-known operas and ... more obscure gems," and downloads are booming. - The New York Times

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Moves And Cancels Concerts

The BSO relocated one concert and canceled two at Strathmore Hall, and not for the first time - this decision was "once again to allow Strathmore and the ticket sellers union an opportunity to resolve their dispute." - Baltimore Sun

That Punk Beethoven?

Who are the supposed punks of the classical music world? It seems that, for many commentators, any composer who went against the grain in some way was a punk. - The Conversation

It’s Just Too Much Trouble For EU Groups To Hire British Musicians Post-Brexit, Warns Simon Rattle

"People who are normally hired by organisations abroad are being told, 'I'm sorry, we just don't have the capacity to bring somebody from the United Kingdom, it is too complicated and too expensive." - London Evening Standard

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Jacksonville Symphony Seeks Director of Major Gifts

The Jacksonville Symphony Advancement Department raises funds through donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, the public sector, and special events...

Butler University Arts Administration Full-time Faculty Position

Butler University’s Jordan College of the Arts (JCA) invites applications for a full-time, 9-month faculty position in the Department of Arts Administration beginning August 2022.

Vice President of Orchestral Operations and Artistic Administration

It’s an exciting time to join The Phoenix Symphony as our organization rapidly approaches its benchmark 75th Anniversary Season in 2021-22.

The New School’s MA in Arts Management & Entrepreneurship for performing artists

r 21st-century entrepreneurship. Let New York City be your inspiration, laboratory, and classroom.

Vice President – Finance at Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc.

Reporting directly to the President and CEO, the Vice President – Finance has the primary leadership role for finance on the senior management team.

Call for applications: MFA in Contemporary Theatre and Performance at The New School

The Contemporary Theatre and Performance MFA at the School of Drama at The New School in NYC reimagines traditional...

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Executive Director (Full-time, Virtual Office) for National Non-profit Handbell Musicians of America

The Executive Director of HMA will report to the board of directors and is directly charged to implement organizational goals under the Carver Policy Governance model.

Producing Artistic Director – Classic Stage Company

The Producing Artistic Director will possess a flair for thoughtful artistic curation combined with entrepreneurial zeal and a talent to execute plans that celebrate artistic significance, inclusion, and accessibility.

Jacksonville Symphony Seeks Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

The VP/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will provide leadership and strategic direction for the financial affairs of the organization.

Associate Director of Development Open Position

Alonzo King LINES Ballet is a celebrated contemporary ballet company that has been guided since 1982 by its uniquely global artistic vision.

Senior Manager, Concert Operations and Booking

The Senior Manager, Concert Operations and Booking is tasked with supporting the Artistic Department to produce world-class performances and to find additional opportunities for the Handel and Haydn Society

Director of Marketing and Communications

Reporting to the Managing Director, the Director of Marketing and Communications serves as an integral member of the Executive Team and works closely with the Artistic, Development, Patron Services, and Engagement teams.

Artistic Director – Geva Theatre Center

The Artistic Director will delight in leading and building dynamic teams of artists and have a deep commitment to creating an inclusive and supportive culture where a diversity of ideas and perspectives thrives.

Music: Assistant Professor, Composer w/specialty in African/African-American/Global-African Traditions

The Music Department seeks a composer with a record of accomplishment, experience and expertise in a wide range of African, African-American, and/or Global-African traditions, approaches, modes of expression and relevant practices.

General Manager Position Available

The General Manager will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Development, Educational Programs, Finance, and Marketing.

Charlotte Ballet – Artistic Director

The Artistic Director will provide inspirational leadership and set the organization’s artistic vision with a focus on collaboration and community engagement.

Director of Marketing, Communications, and Visitor Experience

The Director of Marketing, Communications, and Visitor Experience is responsible for the strategic development and oversight of all communications and marketing activities for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Art21 – Senior Director of Communications and Partnerships

The Senior Director of Communications and Partnerships is a new role at Art21 aimed at expanding the reach of its visual arts programming and educational content as a component of its recent strategic plan.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – Director of Development

Reporting to the Director & CEO, the Director of Development (DoD) will have primary responsibility for all aspects of the museum’s fundraising and philanthropic programs and will serve as a key member of the leadership team.

Assistant Professor, Dance (African Diaspora – TT)

We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the dance program and university through their teaching, research, and service.

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Now Stabilized, Could Notre Dame Reopen In 2024?

“We’re officially saying that the cathedral is now saved, that it’s solid on its pillars, that its walls are solid, everything is holding together. We are determined to win this battle of 2024, to reopen our cathedral in 2024." - Artnet

A Subway TikTok Artist Realizes His Dream

That might sound like a word salad, but portrait artist Devon Rodriguez's 20 million followers on TikTok really did bring him fame, money, and a place downtown. - The New York Times

Two Of The Nepalese Works At New York’s Rubin Museum Identified As Looted

"Though Nepal banned the export of ancient statues of deities through the Ancient Monuments Preservation Act in 1956, these and other objects of cultural heritage have been looted frequently since the 1980s." - Hyperallergic

If You’re An Artist Who Likes ‘Rugged’ Places, Social Media Might Be Ruining Your Life

Ah, the (literally spilling over the hills, dales, glades, and coasts) humanity. - The Guardian (UK)

Are NFTs A Bubble Or A Revolution?

Clearly, it's not just visual art that is part of this market: "Virtually any asset could be sold for an astronomical amount." - El País (Spain)

That’s No Rubens, Artificial Intelligence Says Of A 2.5 Million Pound Painting

Re that Samson and Delilah purchase, National Gallery, er. "I was so shocked. ... We repeated the experiments to be really sure that we were not making a mistake and the result was always the same. Every patch, every single square, came out as fake, with more than 90% probability."...

A Tonys Ceremony Full Of Apprehension

What you had all night was a temporal mash-up: Broadway’s past jockeying for space with Broadway’s future — a future that at the moment looks frightfully uncertain. - Washington Post

Slave Play Was Shut Out Of The Tonys

Playwright Jeremy Harris tweeted that the play had a massive impact anyway. He added, "I told my mom this was gonna happen this morning bc we knew who these folx were when we put the play on stage in nyc." - The Hollywood Reporter

Jagged Little Pill’s Producers Apologize For Problems With Trans And Nonbinary Actors

The producers apologized and said they had "hired a new dramaturgical team (which includes nonbinary, transgender and BIPOC representation), to revisit and deepen the script" before the musical reopens on Broadway. - The New York Times

When GBBO Met Billy Elliott

Their sensibilities, plus a true story of a Liverpool bakery's travails, ended up as Home Baked: The Musical. - BBC

The New York Times’ Tonys Live Blog

The awards, as they happen. - The New York Times

The Tonys Are Part Streaming, Part Network, And After 27 Months, May Be Completely Wild

Buckle up, theatre buttercups: "There are several unusual aspects to this season’s Tonys race." Understatement of the year, NYT. - The New York Times

The Only Degree Program In Dance In The State Of Arkansas Has Been Axed

The Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock formally voted last week to eliminate the school's BA in dance. A formerly tenured professor in the department is reaching out to other campuses. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Choreographer Jan Fabre Will Stand Trial For Sexual Harassment And Assault

The case, to be tried next spring in Antwerp, "stems from complaints by 20 dancers from his company who in 2018 alleged … a toxic work environment where sexual acts became an exchange for performance time and where 'humiliation was our daily bread'." - Yahoo! (AFP)

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet May Be Gone, But Its Successor Is Now Taking The Stage

The former company shut down in March after 25 years, but five of its dancers, with one colleague and choreographer Ben Needham-Wood, have formed Dance Aspen, just now giving its first performance. Here the executive director and a company member discuss what they've learned so far. - Pointe Magazine

The Royal Ballet’s Most Unlikely Star Says Farewell To The Stage

Edward Watson was a very promising student, but the gangly ginger never fit the handsome-Prince mold. As he retires after 27 years with the company, 16 of them as principal, his astounding flexibility and dramatic intensity have created a new model for male ballet stars. - Dance Magazine

The Escape Of Afghanistan’s Only Woman Whirling Dancer

Fahima Mirzaei was about to kick off a tour of Afghanistan when the Taliban took over - and she had to run. This is the story of her escape. - BBC

The Jewish Refugees Who Helped Bring Chinese Ballet To Shanghai

May 21, 1933: "Shanghai had never seen an evening like this before, with Chinese and Western performers all working together." - Los Angeles Review Of Books

What Happened To Books? Well…

"They became tedious redoubts for the pious certainties of a besieged, over-educated and underemployed intellectual class dissatisfied with – and powerless to change – the mindless, capital-driven popular." - Frieze

What Is This Magical Streaming Gift?

It's a £5 video of Olivia Colman performing a translated lecture by Elena Ferrante, of course. - LitHub

The Georgia Review Editors Explain The Point Of Literary Journals

"I'm really into thinking about the literary journal as a clandestine space for a community’s periodic meetings, a small public within a public whose concerns and milieu grow idiosyncratic through collective interaction over time." - LitHub

Gatsby Is Meant To Critique The Rich, Right?

Great Gatsby seems to inspire something that isn't exactly critique of the wealthy. "I parted my hair in the middle and put on a fake plummy accent and bought some white button-down shirts and white khaki pants at the thrift store downtown and wore them all the time." -...

The Battle For Good Sentences

A sentence might sound promising in your head but crumble during its translation to the page. It might get maimed when shaved or become disfigured when tweaked, rejigged, or retrofitted. It might not be compatible with its neighbors. - Hedgehog Review

Updating Books For The TikTok Era

Amazon’s Kindle Vella spotlights the growing market for episodic stories, designed for mobile devices, unfolding as larger narratives over time. - GeekWire

What, Exactly Is “Distinctly British” TV?

Former media minister John Whittingdale had some ideas when he recently announced government plans to require UK public service broadcasters to produce “distinctly British” programmes. - The Conversation

Blockbuster Hollywood Talent Deal: CAA To Buy ICM

Creative Artists Agency is acquiring its rival ICM Partners in a blockbuster deal that will consolidate the ranks of major Hollywood agencies as the representation industry undergoes a pandemic-era business shift. - The Hollywood Reporter

Haile Gerima Rejected Racist Hollywood

But his 1993 classic Sankofa is finally coming into its own. - Los Angeles Times

Finnish Media Checks Itself On Diversity

Finnish media members say they've made progress, but not enough of it. Producers may complain they can't find actors from diverse backgrounds, and so, says one casting directory, "Where diversity among actors is concerned, 'I think a casting director is a must.'" - Variety

Is Social Media Eroding Our Appreciation Of Art?

From influencing creation, curation and perception, there’s no denying social media is changing the way we experience art. It’s an effective tool for generating excitement and keeping audiences engaged. But is it standing in the way of a genuine appreciation of art? - ArtsHub

“Where True Authority Resides” — Oprah Winfrey And The Power Of Confession

"What sets Oprah apart … is her understanding that we crave not only the thrill of seeing secrets exposed but also the pretense that therapeutic peace inevitably follows. Oprah makes money on our hunger as well as on our hunger's aspiration to be resolved." - The Yale Review

Yusef Cat Stevens Is Back. What Do We Think About That?

For devotees of Stevens’s classic material, it can feel as though he’s making amends for having walked away from his music all those years ago. But is that really fair? Or true? - Washington Post

Eileen Atkins Thinks Her Memoir May Disappoint Fellow Dames Maggie Smith And Judi Dench

Atkins had been thinking for years about writing a memoir. "But it was only once the pandemic hit ... that she was able to get on with doing so. 'I’m ashamed to tell you that I had a wonderful lockdown,' she says. 'I absolutely loved the whole thing.'" -...

Marina Abramovic Says She Thinks Often About Dying

As in, every single day. All the better to celebrate life, says the performance artist. "You have to think about what you’re going to leave society: as an artist you have that obligation. Because if you have a gift, you have to handle it carefully." - The Guardian (UK)

Remedios Varo, Painter Of Mystery And Magic

The NYT overlooked Varo (though anyone who's taken a 20th century art history course surely does not understand how) when she died. The Spanish surrealist's "style was reminiscent of Renaissance art in its exquisite precision, but her dreamlike paintings were otherworldly in tone." - The New York Times

George Mraz, Sought-After Jazz Bassist, 77

Mraz's "deft, versatile work anchored the recordings and performances of generations of artists, from Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie more than 50 years ago to Cyrus Chestnut and Joe Lovano in this century." - The New York Times

Sundance Institute’s Head Of Indigenous Inclusion Reflects On 20 Years Of Programming

Bird Runningwater has built upon the organization’s foundations of Indigenous inclusion, helping to develop a pipeline of Indigenous creative talent and expand their cultural reach across storytelling both in the U.S. and beyond. - The Hollywood Reporter