Author: Kevin

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Make Art Sustainable

I’ve been thinking a lot about frames for arts advocacy, and there’s one that I can’t stop thinking about. I wonder if you think it’s as useful and compelling as I do: sustainably produced art. But first, some clarification. The terms can mean different things. Wikipedia, for instance, has an...

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We just awarded more than $300,000

It’s June 30, and you know what that means: another round of project grants awarded on newmusicusa.org. It’s great to see the platform continuing to grow, and to connect another cohort of awardees with each other and with their fans. I still don’t know any other grantmaking system that gives...

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2016 Fresh Inc talk on crowdfunding

This week I gave my fourth annual half-hour talk on crowdfunding to the Fresh Inc Festival, run by Melissa Snoza and the Fifth House Ensemble in Chicago. After all these years Melissa and I have still never been in the same place; one day we’ll have to fix that. I...

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New Grantmaking Program at New Music USA

Today at New Music USA we announced a new round of grants in a new program, The NYC New Music Impact Fund. There are a lot of things I love about this program, but my favorite is the level of commitment that New Music USA is making to the success...

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Non-Profit Software Platforms: The Time Has Come

News recently broke that a new, non-profit alternative to Uber and Lyft is launching in Austin. The city kicked the companies out for a variety of reasons, including low pay, labor practices, the usual. Instead of rejecting technological advances, or trying to turn back the clock to a past taxi...

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Daniel Spreadbury interview for NewMusicBox

I’ve been eagerly awaiting Dorico for years. When Avid orphaned Sibelius, the team, led by Daniel Spreadbury, decamped for Steinberg (of Cubase fame), and started building a brand new scoring application from scratch. I got the chance to interview Daniel for NewMusicBox, and he wrote us some very, very detailed...

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Junior Bach Tenth Anniversary

Probably the first branding meeting I ever ran was with a group of seventh graders. It was ten years ago, and we were naming the program (and concert) that had been going by “composers club” up until that point. Those seventh graders were composers, and the concert needed a name,...

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Baumol at SPU and on NewMusicBox

I’ve been working on this line of research for over a year, and the first publications are out today. Above, we’ve got video of the talk I gave at Seattle Pacific University last month for their Futures of Music Series, hosted by Brian Chin. And today NewMusicBox has published my...

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The News and The Arts Have Similar Problems

Today Melody Kramer (who is awesome) published this essay on public media. She talks about how public media serves a public, and how a lot of the current fight over “traditional NPR” vs. “podcasts” misses the point of what’s happening. Linda Holmes also wrote a great re-framing of that debate....

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Cost Disease at Seattle Pacific University

I’m back on the road again. Next week I’ll be giving the next iteration of my talk applying the lessons of Baumol’s Cost Disease to the situation of individual artists. Brian Chin is my host for this instance, and the media team at the university will be filming, so that...

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Awesome Premiere

I have now been described in print, in Dutch, without my having submitted a bio in any language. The venue for yesterday’s premiere of Finishing The Rose had very short notice that I was coming to the performance, and managed to sneak in a hastily written bio that they assembled...

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For my grandfather

Gramps died. You may have heard about it. It was sudden, but peaceful. Losing him was really hard, but the memorial service and other rituals of mourning did help to handle the grief. Gramps, Wesley A. Clark, designed the first personal computer, and that’s what most people knew about him....