This week I’m moderating two different panels.

First up, on Monday January 15 I’m moderating a panel at the Opera America New Works Forum in New York City on the subject of new distribution models. The panelists are some brilliant composers and producers. Digital media distribution is upending so much in the world of arts consumption. Opera, though, has a very particular connection to the live performance and to the opera house itself. I’m looking forward to hearing how new models are impacting both the composition these artists do, and the business models that support them.

Then next Saturday January 20 in Seattle I’m moderating an arts funding panel at NUMUS Northwest. We’ll have program officers from the city and county arts funding bodies presenting to an audience of composers and performers from the new music community. Applying for funding is such a huge part of being a working artist. I’m looking forward to showing the artists in the room what’s going through the minds of the people who read their applications, and helping the artists to see what the funding organizations are trying to achieve.

It’s going to be a full week for sure, and hopefully I’ll see some of you at one or the other of these events. If you come to both I’ll buy you dinner.

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