I have been writing blogs for the Huffington Post since 2012 on subjects related to my theme of the importance of education in the arts. You can access the full archive at THIS LINK.
Berklee College of Music no longer exists...at least as we knew it. The School that was founded in 1945, becoming a College in 1970, has now transformed into something much bigger and with the strongest potential to change the course of music education over the next 20 years.
The field is called the Music Industry, a title that many people still bridle at, as being totally reductionist and crassly commercial. Pierre Bourdieu’s “disavowal of the economic” was invoked to describe the musical artist’s traditional disdain for success, large audiences and the hegemony of the super star, not to mention Pop as the other (darker!) side of the industry.... READ MORE HERE
In the UK alone women comprise 60% of all interns and 59% of entry-level positions but only 30% of senior executive positions, according to The Guardian.
Women in the Pop industry in the States earn 20% less than their white male colleagues with African Americans and Latino women much less than that.
PRS professional songwriters and composers in the UK comprise just 16% of their total membership... READ MORE HERE
For me it’s a monument to the amazing courage and commitment of investigative journalists, photographers and cameramen the world over. And it’s really their story in chronicling our times that is told in gracious style, from Walter Cronkite announcing Kennedy’s death in 1963 to the unfolding catastrophe of 9/11. As newspaper columnist Rod Dreher wrote of the courageous responders that day: “There are three kinds of people who run toward disaster, not away: cops, firemen and reporters.”... READ MORE HERE
Many of us have seen Fareed Zakaria on CNN hosting his own program focused on international affairs. His style of journalism and reporting is penetrating, analytical and smacks of an intelligence that seems all too rare on TV these days…READ FULL ARTICLE.
The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, housed at the Barbican in London, is an extraordinary cauldron of invention. It teaches some of the finest young musicians and actors, has community partnerships across the whole of London, and promotes vigorous and highly creative collaborations with the Barbican Centre itself and its major resident company the London Symphony Orchestra...READ FULL ARTICLE.
So at a time when many people are suggesting a re-examination of the American orchestra model given its apparently intractable problems and dynamics, here is an opportunity to look at musical life differently. After all, it doesn't matter where resources come from -- U.S. tax credits, endowments, vs. European government subsidy -- what is important is how resources are used to develop an organization into something of contemporary vibrancy...READ FULL ARTICLE.