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Douglas McLennan

Douglas McLennan
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Welsh National Opera Has To Reduce Again After Funding Cuts

The funding received from Arts Council England (ACE) was cut by 35%, which led to WNO performances in Liverpool being cancelled in 2022, while operas...

Report: Lloyds Bank Estimates Taylor Swift Fans Lost More Than £1M In Ticket Scams

The bank said more than 600 of its customers had come forward to report being scammed, losing an average of £332 each - with...

Culture Is Arguably The UK’s Biggest Industry. So Why Isn’t The Government Supporting It?

Even a hard-nosed economic perspective suggests that arts provision warrants support, rather than a freeze. By the government’s own estimates, the creative industries contribute...

NPR Editor Who Criticized The Broadcaster Resigns

Before he resigned from NPR, Mr. Berliner was on a five-day suspension from the network for violating company policy against working for outside organizations...

Small Presses Lost Their Distributor. Now What?

Small presses play a crucial role in the American literary landscape, publishing books that have artistic merit but little commercial potential. Without S.P.D., it...

Disneyland Expansion Approved

The plan wouldn’t expand Disney’s footprint in tourism-dependent Anaheim but would help it add rides and entertainment by letting the company relocate parking to...

How Fiction Gives Us Insight Into Ourselves

The philosopher Gregory Currie has examined the implications of how fiction encourages us to imagine a character’s experience. If a character in a film or novel...

The “Art” Of Variable Pricing

To regular people, raising the price of something precisely when we need it the most is the definition of predatory behavior. To an economist,...

Something for The Superfans: Vinyl Records

Although streaming remains the dominant music format, physical media has been a growing niche where the industry can cater to so-called superfans, who express their...

AI Can Enhance Film. But Something Seems Off…

It can be hard to pinpoint what is changed. But there does seem to be a difference, and depending on the viewer, it can...

AI Is Replacing Translators In Commercial Publishing

Income from commercial translation work has fallen significantly since the beginning of 2023. The loss of non-literary streams of income for literary translators will...

Former Staffer: Here’s Where The Real Problems Are At NPR

That’s what the core editorial problem at NPR is and, frankly, has long been: an abundance of caution that often crossed the border to...

NPR Editor Who Wrote Critique Of The Broadcaster Is Suspended

Uri Berliner has been suspended for five days without pay, starting last Friday, according to NPR’s David Folkenflik. - Deadline

Warning That Venice’s Historic Houses Are Crumbling

Mario Piana, the Proto (architect) responsible for the maintenance of St Mark’s Basilica, in Venice, has warned that the city’s historic building stock is crumbling from...

Report: British Museum Chairman Clashes With Prime Minister

British Museum chairman George Osborne reportedly clashed with officials from the Prime Minister’s office over the selection of the institution’s next museum director prior to the appointment...

Patti Astor, Arts Doyenne, 74

With her platinum hair, raspy voice and glamorous ’50s-style dresses, Ms. Astor was a formidable presence among the music, film and art makers who...

DOJ Preparing To Sue LiveNation Over Monopoly Practices

The agency is preparing to file an antitrust lawsuit against the Ticketmaster parent in the coming weeks that would allege the nation’s biggest concert...

Joshua Bell Extends Contract With Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Bell has announced the extension of his tenure as music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields (ASMF) through to August...

How Cultural Values Diverge Around The World

We also find that countries with similar per-capita GDP levels have held similar values over the last 40 years. Over time, however, geographic proximity...

Once We Were Thrilled By Cultural Theory. Why?

Today, now that the passion for theory has been largely spent, it can be hard to explain why it was once felt to be...

This Year’s Coachella Was A Down Year. But We Can Learn From It

A flop year remains valuable for the feedback it gives us. Remove the noise of a once-in-a-lifetime, Beychella-esque headline performance and you can take stock...

Pre-History. (What A Concept!)

“Prehistory is about the present day; it always has been. Over the 250 or so years that human origins have been pursued, studied, and...

Hollywood Has Been Eating Its Own Tail (And Now It’s Dying)

“It is probably the deepest and most existential crisis it’s ever been in. The writers are losing out. The middle layer of craftsmen are...

Remembering Seiji Ozawa

Ozawa refused to live in Boston, raising his family in Tokyo and commuting when required. His English was never more than functional. Most musicians...

How GenAI Can Empower Musicians

GenAI can benefit musicians as well as the general public. Songwriters are no longer limited to the instruments they can play or a recording...
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