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Nick Zoulek

The Blackbird Creative Lab: A Photo Journal

Saxophonist Nick Zoulek, one of this year’s Blackbird Creative Lab fellows, also took his camera along to document his experiences and was kind enough to open his photo journal up for us.

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Cas Martin

This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Music Advocacy on Capitol Hill

We know that the life-changing capacity of music is worth fighting for, but can its voice be heard on Capitol Hill?

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Emily Doolittle

The Long-Term Effects of Gender Discriminatory Programming

The longer I trace my own career and observe the careers of students, friends, and colleagues, the more I see the complicated lineage that leads to and from each piece, each performance, each commission, each award, and each royalty check. It doesn’t take much of an initial difference in the rates of commissioning, performing, or promoting works by women for the cumulative effect over the years to become striking.

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Adam Schumaker

Live Streaming 104: Post Stream, Graphics, Licensing, and Live Streaming Through Collaboration

Adam Schumaker wraps up his four-part live streaming primer with a discussion covering post-stream content benefits, licensing agreements, and some encouragement to think beyond the scope of what you are able to do by yourself.

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Andrew Cyrille

A Lot of Energy—Remembering Cecil Taylor (1929-2018)

Having worked with Cecil, I felt like I could make music with anybody on the planet and I do.

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Cas Martin

Re-Imagining Collegiate Music Education

College music ensembles have seen a significant decline in membership. This week, Cas Martin digs into potential barriers for continuing music education and proposes cost-effective methods for ensemble retention and recruitment.

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Molly Sheridan

Exclusive Trailer: Milford Graves Documentary "Full Mantis"

Jake Meginsky’s “Full Mantis,” the first-ever feature film about Milford Graves, is set to open nationally this July, and to celebrate the filmmaker has shared this exclusive new trailer with us.

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Adam Schumaker

Live Streaming 103: DIY Live Stream Tech

This week, Adam Schumaker continues his series primer on live streaming with a review of the basic technical requirements, but without diving in so deep that you get lost. By the end of the post, you’ll be armed with the basic skills and gear knowledge required to get a live stream up and running.

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Frank J. Oteri

2018 Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence Announced

The 2018 Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence were announced during the annual meeting of the Music Publishers Association at The Redbury in New York City.

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Cas Martin

What’s In a Name? The Orchestra and Its Community

Groups from the New York Philharmonic to the San Francisco Symphony hold an obligation to their namesake communities. But socioeconomic and demographic gaps can create tension between the ensemble and the community at large. With the right mindset, however, one can set a foundation for a healthy relationship. The key: don’t help. Instead, serve.

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Dave Molk

Speak Now: Music of the Travel Ban

We need not move mountains to defend our values. By leveraging power and privilege within our own spheres of influence, however modest they might appear, we can all effect real and positive change.

How-Tos
Adam Schumaker

Live Streaming 102: Hosting, Preparing, and Advertising Your Live Stream

Make it easy for your existing audience and your potential fans to find your live video by hosting it where they gather, and linking the video to as many other locations as possible.

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Cas Martin

An Ode to Pride Month

Music presents a unique opportunity for community building and self-expression that can be life-changing for a transgender child. Its accessibility could prove invaluable for trans/GNC students’ continued success, comfort, and even survival. This Pride Month is not just a celebration: it is a call to action.

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Ethan Iverson

The Syncopated Stylings of Charles Wuorinen

For my own private 80th Wuorinen birthday celebration, I’ve been repeatedly listening to four works from the early ’80s, when he seemed to give high modernism a proper injection of “ragtime.”

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Adam Schumaker

Live Streaming 101: Why Live Stream?

When Adam Schumaker jumped into live streaming in 2013, he had no idea what he was doing. He’s since gained experience managing small professional teams of videographers and audio engineers, but he’s also found ways to live stream his own events without breaking the bank.

Interviews
Frank J. Oteri

Andy Akiho: Inside The Instrument

Having a conversation with Andy Akiho is a lot like listening to his music; it’s a high energy adventure bursting with ideas and full of all sorts of serendipitous synchronicities.

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Ed Harsh

Ed Harsh to Embark on New Endeavor

It’s in the nature of what we do that we trade the safety of the status quo for the exciting possibility of the future. New Music USA is much more than any one individual. As an institution, even as an idea, it has so much potential and so many ways in which it can move forward and grow in the world.

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Carol Ann Cheung

My Year of Awkward Encounters; or, Networking at Concerts

Allow me to share some of my hard-won knowledge of best practices for navigating the murky waters of networking, in hopes that you can learn from my mistakes—or, at the very least, find comfort in the fact that I’ve probably embarrassed myself in public more than you have.

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New Music USA

New Music USA announces $530,000 in awards to 108 projects

The awarded projects include concerts and recordings, as well as support for dance, theater, opera, and more, all involving contemporary music as an essential element. Project grants focus on responsiveness to artists’ needs and on providing a platform for the discovery and exploration of new artistic work.

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Daniel Kellogg

Dynamic Music Appreciation

As full-time artistic creators, we should proselytize for the power of our artistic medium and how the human experience is both defined and deepened by artistic expression.

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Carol Ann Cheung

Removing Barriers to New Music

How can we create a new music concert experience that is more welcoming, more engaging, and more inclusive?

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Misha Penton

But What I Really Want To Do Is Direct!

Pop artists create video content designed to go viral and to sell albums, but musicians with far smaller budgets than mega-stars are now making videos as well. Looking for ways to get your own work filmed and distributed? Misha Penton is here with some DIY tips to help you get started.

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Daniel Kellogg

Misfits and Geniuses

My course “Misfits and Geniuses” was a way feature contemporary music in a compelling music appreciation-style class. I started with the attractive idea of creative rebels who bucked traditional boundaries and existed on the fringe. Which composers wrote new rules, expanded the space for music, and crossed dividing lines?

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Carol Ann Cheung

Having Conversations About Diversity

Looking at the shortage of diversity in virtually every corner of the industry, it’s clear that classical music needs to discuss solutions more often, with more people of different perspectives. Here are some thoughts on productively engaging in this discussion in the workplace, among peers and creative partners, and elsewhere.

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NewMusicBox is funded in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and with support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The Amphion Foundation, Inc. Support for New Music USA and its many programs and activities is provided by foundations, corporations, government agencies, and hundreds of individual contributors.

NewMusicBox receives major support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and The ASCAP Foundation. NewMusicBox is funded in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and with support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The Amphion Foundation, Inc. Support for New Music USA and its many programs and activities is provided by foundations, corporations, government agencies, and hundreds of individual contributors.