Editorial

Socially Responsible But Not Paying Artists

Over the last few weeks I have read and mentioned several alarming studies about how much musicians actually earn – or one should write how little. In Germany around 20% to 30% of musicians live below the poverty line. After reading my blog post on the Bertelsmann Study about career

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Career Advise

Bleak Prospects for Opera Singers

The Bertelsmann Foundation introduced this week its study about career aspects for young singers in Germany. The motivation for the study is simple – the Bertelsmann Foundation is behind the Neue Stimmen competition for singers, one of the most prestigious competitions for voice. They have realized that even for their

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For the Music Industry

U.S. ARTIST VISA UPDATE as of 5 APRIL, 2019

U.S. ARTIST VISA UPDATE As of 5 April, 2019 Most of you are aware by now that in fall 2018 a number of significant policy and procedural changes were imposed on the already exasperating process of obtaining U.S. artist visas. Not surprisingly, these changes were the work of Donald Trump,

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For the Music Industry

Don’t Be Anti-Social

Performing Arts Institutions enjoy the company of hundreds, often thousands of people attending their events every day. The first thing an audience member hears is, “Please turn off your phone. Taking photos, videos or any other kind of recording is forbidden.” These concert halls, opera houses, and theatres forgoe the

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For the Music Industry

Spotify Goes Podcasting

Last week Spotify announced the acquisition of Gimlet and Anchor, two leading podcasting companies. In a blog post Daniel Ek, Founder and CEO of Spotify, explains his rationale behind these two acquisitions. Spotify sees itself as a leading audio company not only a music service. Gimlet is one of the

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Editorial

The Haydn 1791 Podcast

Our Be Your Own Manager Podcast is well established. Many musicians thinking about their career find it helpful. But there is so much more to say about performing arts and classical music. That’s why we are starting the Haydn 1791 Podcast. Haydn 1791 is a new network of consultants for

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Appointments

Helena Wessman leaves for Royal College of Music in Stockholm

Helena Wessman, currently the General Manager for the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Choir and Berwaldhallen, is named Rector of the Royal Colleges of Music in Stockholm. The appointment requires the approval of the board of the Royal College which is expected in February. She will start at

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Appointments

The Trumpet Shall Sound – New CEO for the RSNO

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) just announced the appointment of Alistair Mackie as its new Chief Executive. He will start in April 2019. He follows Dr. Krishna Thiagarajan who left the orchestra at the end of the summer 2018 to take up his new position as President and CEO

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For Musicians

Plans and Pay

In our latest podcast, Bernhard Kerres talks about plans for 2019 and the case for equal pay at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  Are you making plans for 2019? What goals would you like to achieve? Listen to Bernhard talking about how he does it and how he reflects on 2018.

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For the Music Industry

Yip Wing-sie Passes the Baton in Hong Kong

The Music Director of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Yip Wing-sie, passes the baton at the end of the 2019/20 season. She has been leading the orchestra since 2002 developing it into a household name in Hong Kong which has been recognized internationally. Her 16 years of leadership have been marked

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For Music Lovers

Music is Emotional

The French Ensemble Ouranos has published a delightful teaser for their upcoming album. The short video features Györgi Ligeti’s Bagatelle No. 1 and shows, how delightful music can be. It is an example of spreading classical music to wider audiences. Enjoy – and share!

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Concerts

SINFONIA TORONTO OPENS ITS DOWNTOWN CONCERTS WITH ‘RACHMANINOFF’

Sinfonia Toronto will open its 2018-19 Downtown Concerts series with a program titled ’Rachmaninoff’. The orchestra’s Music Director Nurhan Arman will conduct the November 16 concert in Glenn Gould Studio, featuring brilliant Canadian pianist Anne Louise-Turgeon. She will appear as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s beloved ‘Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini’

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For the Music Industry

Columbia Artists welcomes Marie Jacquot

Columbia Artists is pleased to welcome Marie Jacquot to its roster, with representation in North and South America and the United Kingdom. Considered one of the leading young conductors in Europe today and Deputy Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic in Wurzburg, Ms. Jacquot has completed a summer conducting the world

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TOKYO SINFONIA IN THE NEW SEASON

Orchestras the world around are busy now announcing their sparkling new musical seasons for the coming year. Every announcement promises new and exciting programmes and events to entice their musical audiences. We could do no less. SINFONIA  PLUS We launch the Tokyo Sinfonia’s Sinfonia Plus series of champagne concerts with

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For Music Lovers

Montero Wins Beethoven Prize 2018

The Venezuelan pianist, Gabriela Montero, is the recipient of the Beethoven Prize 2018 for human rights, peace, freedom, fight against poverty, and inclusion. It is the fourth that the prize initiated by the Beethoven Academy will be awarded. The Beethoven Academy was founded in 2016 organizing cultural projects to support

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Alexander Walker and Teresa Cahill are awarded the Elgar Medal

Two new recipients of the Elgar Society’s Medal have been announced and will be presented later this year. Conductor Alexander Walker has been a champion of British music and Elgar in particular over many years, performing his music both in the UK and in places as far flung as Belarus,

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For the Music Industry

Sydney Opera House becomes Billboard

A bitter controversy has started about displaying advertisements on the famous Sydney Opera House. The sails of the landmark building will be used to show projections during a horse race in Sydney. This comes at a time when betting and gambling increases in Australia and advertising for it draws worldwide

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Appointments

Marta Gardolinska in Bournemouth

Young Polish conductor Marta Gardolinska has been chosen by the players of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as the new Leverhulme ‘Young Conductor in Association. She will spend two intensive years in Bournemouth with an orchestra that has a history of picking future stars early on.  In the Bournemouth Echo she just did

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For Music Lovers

The Twiolins Win Silver for Secret Places

The German violin duo, The Twiolins, won the Silver Medal for their album “Secret Places”.  The violin playing siblings are celebrating their ten year anniversary as The Twiolins. Their music pushes classical music into new fields, sometimes cross over, always joy of playing together and sharing their music. Their album

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For the Music Industry

📀”Alquimia”📀 Nuevo Album de Abraxaz! Disponible por “Streaming”🎧🙌👉

Alquimia-Nuevo Album “Alquimia” el nuevo álbum de la banda Abraxaz disponible por Streaming. El día viernes 21 de Setiembre se estreno el álbum “Alquimia” de la banda Abraxaz a nivel mundial por streaming la banda estuvo paralizado grabando su nueva placa “Alquimia” que fue grabado y mezclado en “Xodt Music Records”. “El proceso fue largo pero satisfactorio nos hizo experimentar con nuevos

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Peter Ruzicka will step down as Intendant in 2020

Prof Dr Peter Ruzicka will step down as Intendant and Managing Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival as of 30 June 2020. Peter Ruzicka’s contract was from the start intended to run for five years, and this period will be completed on the aforementioned date. The position of Intendant and

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Appointments

SEATTLE SYMPHONY NAMES KRISHNA THIAGARAJAN PRESIDENT & CEO

SEATTLE, WA – The Seattle Symphony Board of Directors has unanimously voted to name Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chief Executive Krishna Thiagarajan as its next President & CEO, Leslie Jackson Chihuly Chair. The search committee, co-chaired by Board Chair Leslie Jackson Chihuly and Board Chair Designate René Ancinas and comprised

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For Musicians

THE ARTIST VISA UPDATE FROM HELL

I hope everyone is having or had a wonderful summer…because we are just about the ruin it. So be prepared for some serious sunburn, chiggers, sand fleas, and food poisoning as we give you the latest updates: I. NEW USCIS POLICY ALLOWS VISA PETITIONS TO BE DENIED WITHOUT FIRST ISSUING

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CEO for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO)

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) is Western Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts organisation. With a world class reputation for excellence, engagement and innovation, WASO’s resident company of professional musicians plays a central role in creating a culturally vibrant Western Australia. Each year the Orchestra performs over 175 concerts

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