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Arts Entrepreneurship is a Resistance Movement

There’s been a lot of great discussion of arts entrepreneurship on NewMusicBox recently. There’s a lot of good stuff there, and also plenty I disagree with. The emphasis on arts entrepreneurship in education in particular has come under some fire. Teaching young artists this stuff is about helping them to...

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How Non-Profits Can Steal From Tech Startups

There’s a lot non-profits can learn from the tech industry. Of course, when I say that, sometimes people think I mean that non-profits should emulate startups and their culture, complete with the venture capital, the ping pong, and the gender equity issues. Unsurprisingly, that’s not what I mean. For more...

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Cabbage Soup

I don’t really like cabbage, but the CSA is basically like a slow motion episode of Chopped but only with vegetables. So now I know that I like cucumber salads, and I have this recipe for cabbage soup. Start by chopping and washing the entire giant head of cabbage that...

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Data Adjacent Decision Making

I’ve been talking a fair amount recently about the dangers of “data adjacent decision making.” This happens when you have a lot of numbers, and probably a graph, and you put them next to a decision, and then believe that your decision is based on solid scientific reasoning. I’ve seen...

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30 Exactly 30

I turned 30 on June 6, 2014. Instead of a “30 under 30″ list, I took some time that day to put together a “30 Exactly 30” list. I rooted around the internet to find thirty people born on exactly the same day I was. A lot of them were...

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Controlling Time

Last month I gave a hybrid talk at the Rhymes with Opera summer training program for singers and composers. Part of it was based on the same material as my talk for Fresh Inc., and the other part concerned my approach to putting music in theater. For the last few...

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YouTube launches Crowdfunding as a feature

It was only a matter of time. It used to be that social networking was a specialized feature that was only done by specialized websites. Then social became a must-have feature for everyone. That’s what’s happening now to crowdfunding. YouTube is adding a tip feature to its channel, announced in...

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Fresh Inc 2014

Last week I returned to the Fresh Inc Festival to speak about arts entrepreneurship (and specifically crowdfunding) to a group of young composers and performers. I was a little worried about doing the same talk over again, but as I began preparing my notes for the talk, I realized that...

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Blette Soup

Stupidly easy recipe. Throw about a third of a cup of unwashed rice into a quart or so of chicken stock. Simmer it until the rice is done, and throw in a couple kind of bashed up but practically whole garlic cloves. Throw in a chopped up bunch of chard...

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Los Angeles Fishventures

I have been remiss. Last May I went to a beautiful wedding in Los Angeles, and took advantage of being there to eat a lot of Mexican seafood. The entire nonsensical experience is catalogued in this particular Chowhound thread. The frequent posters were super helpful, so I did my best...

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4 Ingredient Salmon Tartare

Before I make any salmon main course, I make this tartare. I love raw salmon, I love how it tastes with soy sauce, and I do not have the wherewithal to confidently cut my own sashimi and still have the rest of the fish be nicely shaped portions, so I...

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Recent blogging at NewMusicBox

At New Music USA, where I work, we publish NewMusicBox. Coincidentally, NewMusicBox is turning 15 years old this month, and there’s a great series of posts examining the site’s history (in related news, you should make a donation to keep the site going for another 15 years). Occasionally I’ll contribute...