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WEEKLY DIGEST | 04/30/2018
News, Research, & Opinion



European Arts Organizations Defend Music as a Human Right
Arts Professional: Christy Romer
Membership organizations across Europe have come together to defend music as a human right and call for free movement of artists, professionals and non-professionals across the continent.


Jazz Improv and Your Brain: The Key To Creativity?
CNN: Sandee LaMott
Could jazz improvisation be a key to understanding how the brain invents? Could that creativity be studied? For neuroscientist Dr. Charles Limb, jazz is pure creativity in action. An accomplished jazz musician himself, Limb was the perfect scientist to tackle the project.

Meet the New Classics: 20 Creatives From Music, Acting and More

Rolling Stone
The 20 creative visionaries celebrated here come from the worlds of music, acting, comedy, sports and more. Here's a preview of changes to come.

Jacobs Alum Mark Plati Reflects on his Education and Career
News at IU Bloomington: Allie Hitchcock
Music producer, engineer and performer Mark Plati has worked with David Bowie in New York City and with Prince in Minneapolis, taught a master class in Greece and co-authored a musical in Italy, but his illustrious career started somewhere much more familiar to IU students: on campus here in Bloomington.

The Art of Being a Festival Director
BachTrack: Thomas May
Bachtrack spoke with four eminent festival directors who shared their insights and perspectives on the factors that go into determining success and sustainability at the events they helm: David Pickard, who began his directorship of the BBC Proms in 2015; Jane Moss, the force behind Mostly Mozart, the White Light Festival and numerous other ventures at New York’s Lincoln Center, where she has been artistic director since 2011; Ruth Mackenzie, the Holland Festival’s artistic director since 2015 who was awarded the CBE for her directing of the cultural program of the 2012 Olympics in London; and Fergus Linehan, whose tenure leading the Edinburgh International Festival began in 2015.

Platetudes: On Music and Activism
VanUS: Zach Ferriday
Can music alone ever be a successful mode of political activism?

Fifteen Questions Interview with Lolita Ritmanis

Fifteen Questions
Be still – let the music in. A Fifteen Questions interview with Latvian-American film composer Lolita Ritmanis.

‘Toxic Culture’ of Harassment Uncovered Among Professional Musicians

The Stage (UK): Georgia Snow
Almost half of musicians in the UK have experienced discrimination and inappropriate behavior during their careers according to a new study of the profession that also exposed widespread issues around speaking out.

Coachella Attendee Gets Sexually Harassed 22 Times – in Just 10 Hours

Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
Coachella is a pervy grab-fest that sucks for women — so what’s being done about it?


The House of Representatives Approves the Music Modernization Act, 415-0
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
A bulked-up Music Modernization Act is moving very, very quickly through Congress.  Just today (Wednesday), the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved the measure.

Cleveland Orchestra Announces Plan to Conduct Residency at Baldwin Wallace University Zachary Lewis
On Tuesday, the orchestra announced a new residency at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, one similar to those it conducts at Indiana University and in Miami.

How Biotech Investor Bill Bowes Gave the San Francisco Conservatory a Huge Boost

SF Gate: Sam Whiting
Five years ago, San Francisco Conservatory of Music President David Stull walked into a breakfast meeting at the Pacific-Union Club to ask board member Bill Bowes for $10 million or $15 million to buy land for a student dorm. He walked back out on his way to a commitment of $46.4 million from Bowes, which is being touted as the largest gift to a music school for a new facility in American history.

American Jazz Museum in Trouble

The museum received a blistering report from a Kansas City Council-hired consultant earlier this month calling for a “complete rebirth” and reorganized leadership. Museum Management Consultants Inc. issued its 62-page report April 9.

Meet Naia Izumi, the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest Winner

NPR All Songs Considered: Ari Shapiro
After months of searching, the fourth annual Tiny Desk Contest winner has been announced! Naia Izumi is a 34-year-old musician from Columbus, Ga. who now lives in Los Angeles and busks on that city's streets. With a plethora of self-released music on Bandcamp and a skilled, soulful Tiny Desk Contest submission, he impressed our Contest judges enough to stand out from nearly 5,000 entries.

Nora Fisher Bursts the Classical Music Bubble

NY Times: Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
Ms. Fischer, 30, is making her mark in the blurry terrain between classical music and pop. The daughter of the conductor Ivan Fischer and the recorder player Anneke Boeke, the classics were always going to be at the root of her artistry.


The ‘German Grammys’ Permanently Shut Down
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
After handing a top award to a rap group who vowed to ‘make another Holocaust’, German music industry association BVMI is shutting down the International ECHO Awards.  That’s like the Grammys getting cancelled in the US.

‘I Could Barely Sing a High C’: Pretty Yende Finally Conquers Lucia

NY Times: Anthony Tomasini
At 33, Ms. Yende has become one of the most accomplished and charismatic coloratura sopranos of her generation.

10-year-old Australian Violinist Becomes Youngest Winner of Yehudi Menuhin International Competition

ABC News
Ten-year-old, Christian Li, from Melbourne took out joint first in the Junior First Prize category alongside Singapore's Chloe Chua, 11, at the 2018 competition at Victoria Hall in Geneva, Switzerland.


Spotify is Giving Away Even More Music for Free
Rolling Stone: Amy X. Wang
Spotify users will be happy that the music-streaming service unlocked certain premium features for free users – but the music industry likely won't.

Unsigned Artists Account for just 2.7% of Global Recording Sales

Digital Music News: Daniel Sanchez
Revenue for unsigned artists is growing at a great rate.  Yet, why does it only make up such a small amount of global recording sales?

Thanks to Streaming, Recording Industry Revenues are Back Up to Pre-Internet Levels, But Musicians are Poorer than Ever

Boing Boing: Cory Doctorow
Since the days of Napster, record labels have recruited recording artists as allies in their fight against unauthorized music services, arguing that what was good for capital was also good for labor. But as Teresa Nielsen Hayden says, "Just because you're on their side, it doesn't mean they're on your side."

Is Streaming Music the Final Note for Professional Songwriters?

Pacific Standard: Jack Denton
Operating without a union, songwriters are still paid through royalty structures created in the days of player pianos and Tin Pan Alley. And in the streaming era, that's a losing formula.

The BBC is Letting You Download More than 16,000 Free Sound Effect Samples

Music Radar: Ben Rogerson
Explore a weird and wonderful collection of noises from the broadcasting behemoth.


How to Make Bagpipes Out of a Garbage Bag and Recorders
This instructable is how to make a simple bagpipe like instrument out of basic household materials. Granted, it does not sound all too much like a bagpipe, but it works similarly and is fun to mess around with.


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