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THE ARTS IN THE TRUMP ERA

Donald Trump Inauguration Revives Protest Culture in American Arts
The Stage: Howard Sherman
Howard Sherman is a New York based arts administrator and advocate. He is director of the Arts Integrity Initiative at The New School for Performing Arts.

The Tangled Debate Over Art-World Protests

The Atlantic: Spencer Kornhaber
From museums to Meryl Streep, the discussion around culture creators’ responses to Trump often misses the point.

Trump Reportedly Wants to Cut Cultural Programs, including the NEA

The Washington Post: Philip Bump
“The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized,” the Hill's Alexander Bolton reports, “while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.

Musicians Terrified Over Possible Obamacare RepealRolling Stone | Steve Knopper
If Republicans repeal Obamacare, numerous independent artists, along with more than 20 million Americans, will abruptly lose their coverage. 

 
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Can Music Bring the Bluegrass State Together?
San Francisco Classical Voice | Mark Macnamara
Since the November election, Teddy Abrams has begun to rethink his public responsibilities and in the process to imagine a new role for orchestras in bridging cultural and political divides. Abrams sees his project in the larger context of arts activism, noting that large arts organizations these days often seem to miss the significance of what they encourage. 

Can the Minnesota Orchestra Reach Diverse Audiences? This Man is the Key
Star Tribune: Graydon Royce
Minnesota Orchestra conductor Roderick Cox believes music can cross any boundary. Can the orchestra reach diverse audiences, too?

7 Reasons why Music is Important to World Cultures
Music Think Tank | Lizzie Weakley
Every culture in the world has its own form of music that is enjoyed by all ages on every continent. Although each culture is different, music unifies all races and has been used throughout history for different occasions and for enjoyment purposes. To learn why music is important to world cultures and continues to be created over the decades, there are a few important facts to understand.

 
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Exploring New Music’s Big Tent

San Francisco: Allan Kozinn
Composers have never been so diverse, so responsive, and so appealing to audiences. The world of New Music is morphing in exciting ways.

Eugene Opera Suspends Current Season, Looks to Engage with Community

The Register-Guard: Michelle Maxwell
The Eugene Opera will ­suspend the remainder of its 2016-17 season because of a lack of money. Mark Beudert, the opera’s general manager since 2006, said Friday that the company wants to hold community meetings to engage with patrons.

Symphony Orchestras Turn to Movie Nights

San Francisco Chronicle: Joshua Kosman
Across the U.S., symphony orchestras have suddenly begun adding movie nights to their programming rosters, screening popular classics and blockbuster hits while the orchestra performs a score that used to be channeled through a tinny sound system.

100 Years of New York Philharmonic Milestones, by the Earful

NY Times: Michael Cooper
Over the century, the Philharmonic has made more than 2,000 recordings — including 78s, LPs, eight-track tapes, cassettes, CDs, iTunes downloads and, more recently, streaming video on Facebook Live. They are time capsules, preserving memorable performances led by Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez and more.

Detroit Symphony Musicians Ratify a New Three-Year Contract

Crain’s Detroit Business: Sherri Welch
It's the second consecutive contract negotiation to reach early resolution.

Pittsburgh Symphony Emerges from Strike with Challenges Ahead

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Elizabeth Bloom
“We have a huge mountain to climb,” president and CEO Melia Tourangeau said. “We have some breathing room right now, and we’re really thinking carefully about next steps.”

 
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The First Virtual Reality Ballet Springs to Life in Amsterdam

The Creators Project: Sarah Bellman
In September 2016, the Dutch National Ballet, the Netherlands’ Nationale Opera & Ballet based in Amsterdam, paved a new path in the world of classical dance by releasing what they call the first-ever VR ballet, Night Fall.

Kenya's Slum Ballet School In Pictures

The Guardian: Fredrik Lerneryd
In collaboration with a ballet studio in Karen, an upperclass area in Nairobi, young dancers are given the opportunity to be part of productions at the city’s national theater.

What Happens When Algorithms Design a Concert Hall? The Stunning Elbphilharmonie

Wired Magazine: Liz Stinson
Though Hamburg’s $843 million philharmonic is filled with stunning architectural gems, its most interesting feature is the central auditorium, a gleaming ivory cave built from 10,000 unique acoustic panels that line the ceiling, walls, and balustrades.

 
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The Future of the Music Industry: Q&A with Bobby Borg
Disc Makers Blog | Lucy Briggs

In Disc Makers’ December Twitter chat (#DMchat16), music industry consultant Bobby Borg shared his predictions for the future of the music industry in 2017 and beyond. Bobby is the author of Billboard Books’ bestseller The Musician’s Handbook and Hal Leonard’s Music Marketing For The DIY Musician.

Vinyl Sales Hit A 25-Year High In 2016
Tone Deaf: Nathan Jolly
As streaming becomes ubiquitous, and even downloading a song seems like an archaic waste of time, music lovers are craving tangible music formats again – and vinyl provides the perfect way to experience music in a way far removed from the digital world.

 
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Listen to the Low Earthly Hum of a Candle Pipe Organ
Atlas Obscura: Lauren Young
As the wax melts, the pitch changes.

 
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