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The Future of the Arts

“The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s...

Why Arts Education Matters

Probably everyone reading this blog is an ardent advocate of arts education. But why? Is arts education truly necessary? For my next book, one chapter focuses on the importance of arts education. In researching what others have had to say about this issue, here are some videos I’ve come across. Do you agree with their points? Do you have...

No Need to be Nervous…

The next time you get nervous for a performance–whether soloing in Carnegie Hall or being put on the spot in a class–may be a sign that it’s time to get Fearless. This video, by the world-renowned horn player from Canadian Brass, Indiana University educator, Savvy Musician featured artist, and fearless performance coach Jeff...

American Orchestras: Endangered Species?

This panel discussion was hosted by New York City’s classical radio station WQXR on April 18, 2011, following the announcement that the Philadelphia Orchestra was declaring bankruptcy.               Panelists include: Anne Parsons, President and Executive Director of the Detroit Symphony Alan Pierson, Artistic Director of the...

What Does It Take to get Support for the Arts?

Does it ever seem like your impassioned pleas to secure support for an arts organization are falling upon deaf ears?  This tongue-in-cheek video, created by the vocal group Octarium, demonstrates how difficult this conversation can sometimes feel.             Share and...

How the Arts Can Stay Relevant and Adapt to our Changing Culture

The presentation below, by Diane Ragsdale, is one of the most powerful talks I’ve heard on the state of the arts in a long time.  After arguing that the arts have lost their way in today’s quickly changing society, she makes a series of concrete suggestions that can help get us adapt to the culture change and regain our...

The True Power of the Performing Arts

Please enjoy this passionate and bold look forward by arts administrator and live-theater fan Ben Cameron as he looks at the state of the live arts.  The central question: How can the magic of live theater, live music, live dance compete with the always-on Internet? Ben Cameron is the Program Director, Arts, at the Doris Duke Charitable...

Fan Funding: Financing Recordings & Other Artistic Projects

There are quite a few ways to fund recordings and other artistic projects.  Consider the following options: Record label backing. In today’s world, with major labels quickly going the way of the dinosaurs, don’t count on this option unless you’re really famous and have a huge fan base (and are 14 years old). Grants. ...

The Success Equation Most Musicians Get Wrong

“People don’t buy what you do.  They buy why you do it.”  Such is the claim made by Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, in the compelling video below.  And the message couldn’t be more apropos to musicians.         I’ve asked musicians from all over the...

How To Sell 15,000 CDs in 18 Months

This video features pianist/singer/songwriter Terry Prince discussing how he sold 15,000 CDs in a year and a half.  Here’s a hint: he regularly performs for large amounts of people.  Yet he spends just 30 hours per month doing this.  True, if you want to sell recordings, you should have a strong website, wide distribution, and a...

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