A New York Times Primer On The New Fight Over US Arts Funding

Not since the days of Ronald Reagan and later Newt Gingrich has the debate over federal arts spending seemed to roil so feverishly. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Why Are Poets So Bad At Writing About Their Relationships To Money?

Few poets write honestly about their economic situation. Indeed, it’s a challenge to find any poet willing to come clean about money: wanting it, enjoying it, needing it, or lacking it—even though this must necessarily be our condition. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Report On The State Of British Orchestras: Playing More, Earning Less

"The total number of concerts and performances staged by these organisations increased by 7% between 2013 and 2016, and audiences grew by 3%. Outreach programmes for children and young people saw a 35% increase in participation... Despite the growth in performances, total income among the group studied fell by 5%, with earned income, contributed income and public funding all showing decreases. Earned income continues to account for 48% of all income, while the proportion raised from public [Read Entire Story]

Is Book Collecting Anti-Social?

"One of the concerns in the early 19th century regarding book collecting was the fear that by hoarding books, buyers were denying their fellow countrymen their patrimony. The image of the rich dilettante was one of the conspicuous consumer of books that would never be read – the old TBR pile – therefore keeping books out of an intellectual commons. The collector was often portrayed as having a kind of antisocial disease that kept him from contributing to the greater good by sharing his printed [Read Entire Story]

Our Phones Have Become Amazing Cameras. But You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet…

"Computational photography takes a swarm of data from images or image sensors and combines it algorithmically to produce a photo that would be impossible to capture with film photography or digital photography in its more conventional form. Image data can be assembled across time and space, producing super-real high-dynamic range (HDR) photos—or just ones that capture both light and dark areas well." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Is Virtual Reality The Future Of Live Music?

"Getting people through the doors into local venues is getting tougher so VR is being seen as a new form of potential income." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Long-serving Mayor Of Harrisburg PA Worked On Museum No One Wanted, Then Stole Artifacts

"The fact that no one seemed to share in his dream of making a less disturbing Westworld on the banks of the Susquehanna did not deter Stephen R. Reed. Nope. He employed that coal-mining country grit in every step of his totally un-mandated, batshit quest to built another Gene Autry Museum in Pennsylvania. And then he got really carried away, and purloined more than 500 items that were slated for the non-existent institution and paid for with public funds, storing them (accidentally! he claims) [Read Entire Story]

Iowa State Legislators Want To Raid State’s Culture Fund To Cover State Budget Shortfall

"The Iowa Cultural Trust fund is on the chopping block as state lawmakers strive to cover a shortfall in the state budget for the fiscal year that ends in June. A tentative budget agreement would take the entire $6 million in the fund, and use it to offset cuts to a range of state agencies. The fund was established in 2002.   Lawmakers over time have appropriated money for the fund, with interest used for matching grants to artists and arts organizations." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire [Read Entire Story]

A Literary Magazine Produced By Homeless People

"Writers Group, as it’s known in the community, is a space for the homeless writers of downtown Boston (“homeless, transitional, or recently housed” is the rubric), and we meet every Tuesday morning at 9:30, in the basement of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Tremont Street. Out of Writers Group comes The Pilgrim, a literary magazine that I’ve been editing for the last five years. Large chunks of The Pilgrim are summoned into being, conjured from the chaos-state of potentiality, by Robert’s [Read Entire Story]

Pop Culture’s Fascination With Makeovers (But There’s A Dark Side)

"A fixation with ‘the makeover’ has been present in popular culture for decades. Its depiction in film, television and online has been a barometer of the shifting understandings of what it means to be an individual in the modern world, in response to changing norms of gender, youth, work and identity." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Amazon Makes History With Oscar Nomination

To be sure, “Manchester By the Sea,” up for awards including lead actor, lead actress and director, is not streaming yet on the Amazon Prime service. Unlike Netflix, Amazon’s movie business follows the traditional windowing model where movies run exclusively in theaters before landing on home video outlets. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Will Lin Manuel Miranda Win A Full EGOT?

It stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. Only 12 other performers have held the title. (According to Vanity Fair, the acronym was coined in the 1980s by the “Miami Vice” actor Philip Michael Thomas, who has won none of the awards. It was re-popularized by Tracy Morgan’s character on the sitcom “30 Rock.”) SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Sales Of Orwell’s "1984" Surge After Conway’s "Alternative Facts"

"Sales of George Orwell’s dystopian drama 1984 have soared after Kellyanne Conway, adviser to the reality-TV-star-turned-president, Donald Trump, used the phrase “alternative facts” in an interview. As of Tuesday, the book was the sixth best-selling book on Amazon." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

What’s Next In Theatre? A Fascination With European Avant-Garde Adaptations

"Despite being highly different in content, the intentions behind the productions were strangely similar. They articulated an emerging aesthetic of theatrical art where originality is sacrificed in favor of irony, surface meaning is discarded as false, and even technological advances can’t turn our heads away from the specter of the past." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Henry Ford Museum To Change Its Name

The museum now will be known as the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. The museum was founded by auto pioneer Henry Ford and is part of The Henry Ford, a popular tourist destination in Dearborn, Michigan. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Is There A Business In Music Written By Artificial Intelligence?

Several start-ups are now trying to commercialize A.I. music for everything from jingles to potential pop hits. Jukedeck, for instance, is looking to sell tracks to anyone who needs background music for videos, games or commercials. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Police Break Up Big European Art Trafficking Ring

The criminal network handled artworks looted from war-stricken countries, as well as works stolen from museums and other sites, the statement said. In the southern Spanish city of Murcia, the police recovered about 500 archaeological pieces, including 19 stolen from the city’s archaeological museum in 2014. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Netflix Is Adding Subscribers At A Record Pace. And Investing Billions More In Original Shows

"In 2016, Netflix spent $5 billion on original programming. Five of the 10 shows people searched for most often last year are Netflix originals, company officials said, citing Google data during an earnings call. Eager to build on that, Netflix plans to spend $6 billion creating 1000 hours of new content this year, more than doubling its 2016 lineup." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Why Is Canada Cheaping Out In Commissioning Music For Parliament?

In an era when artists in general, and musicians in particular, are battling to get public understanding for their right to be paid, it is disheartening to learn that even the House of Commons just doesn’t get it. “Why on earth do people expect artists to do this kind of thing?” asks Montreal composer Simon Bertrand, who has organized an online petition requesting the award be raised. “When Parliament hires a plumber, do they tell the guy, come and work for free and then we’ll see what we [Read Entire Story]

UK Comedians Write Manifesto Against Free Work

“There is an alarming expectation that comedians will happily perform for expenses or even for free, without any promise of paid work in the future. This has created downward pressure on rates of pay and quality of working conditions for us all and can prevent participation by those with childcare and other responsibilities leading to a lack of diversity.” SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Why Hypocrisy Is The Unforgivable Sin

Researchers: "We contend that the reason people dislike hypocrites is that their outspoken moralizing falsely signals their own virtue. People object, in other words, to the misleading implication — not to a failure of will or a weakness of character." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Jennifer Holliday Pulls Out Of Inaugural Concert

In an open letter, provided exclusively to TheWrap, the “Dreamgirls” star apologized to the LGBT community, saying she was “uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans.” SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

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