Thursday, May 3, 2018

Half Of Britain's Orchestral Musicians Don't Earn Enough To Live On, Says Musicians' Union by Artsjournal1

"Wages have stagnated as funding cuts take hold. Young musicians are particularly affected, with two-fifths of newcomers taking unpaid work in the last year. Forty-four per cent of players t…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

It Costs An Awful Lot To Change A Country's Alphabet - Just Ask Kazakhstan by Artsjournal1

The Kazakh language has used a modified version of the Cyrillic (Russian) alphabet since the early Soviet days. Now the government of the Central Asian republic has adopted a plan to switch …

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hundreds Of YouTube Channels Discovered Promoting Academic Cheating by Artsjournal

Popular YouTubers, some as young as 12, are being paid to personally endorse the service. In some of the videos YouTubers say if you cannot be bothered to do the work, EduBirdie has a "super…

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

The First Kenyan Film To Debut At Cannes Is Banned In Its Home Country Thanks To Homophobia by Artsjournal2

The film, Rafiki, was banned, and the film classification board even issued threats. "The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) said the film 'seeks to legitimize lesbian romance.' KFCB war…

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A Museum Devoted To One French Artist Just Discovered That More Than Half Of Its Collection Is Made Of Fakes by Artsjournal2

Étienne Terrus was a friend of Henri Matisse, and the museum devoted to his works had gotten the help of the town of Elne to buy many works over two decades. Then an art historian came to t…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

This Year's Turner Prize Finalists by Artsjournal

Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson, who chairs the jury, said the judges had chosen "an outstanding group of artists, all of whom are tackling the most pressing political and humanitaria…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

'Disney For A Despot': How Saddam Hussein Turned The Ruins Of Babylon Into A Propaganda Vehicle by Artsjournal1

"For Saddam, the ruined city of Babylon had always held a special fascination. He ordered an ambitious reconstruction of the city's walls, costing millions of dollars at the height of the Ir…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

That Day 50 Years Ago Sweden Changed What Side Of The Road It Drives On by Artsjournal

In the run-up to H-Day, each local municipality had to deal with issues ranging from repainting road markings to relocating bus stops and traffic lights, and redesigning intersections, bicyc…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

How Art Was (Mostly) Protected During World War II by Artsjournal

In London, the Elgin Marbles were hidden in Aldwych tube station – although, alarmingly, it was later revealed it wouldn’t have withstood a direct hit. In Paris, the Louvre was emptied o…

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Audiobook Sales Are Up So Much That Some Authors Are Writing Audio-Only Pieces by Artsjournal2

Authors who are taking part in Audible's scheme in Britain (it's already happened in the U.S.) need to think differently. One said, "It was presented to me specifically as an audio project, …

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Should Publishing Move Out Of London? This Group Says That's Obvious by Artsjournal2

Why should the huge southern city of London have all of the power? It's a problem "Power is concentrated in London and the South East, and publishing is dominated by a handful of large corpo…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sales Of Crime Fiction Are Way Up. Why? by Artsjournal

The rise has been fuelled by the growth of psychological thrillers and the success of big names like Lee Child, James Patterson and Dan Brown. Last year, 18.7 million crime books were sold -…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Saudi Arabia Hires Paris Opera To Help It Build Opera House And Orchestra by Artsjournal1

"Plans for the first opera house in the country's second city, Jeddah, are already under way."

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Straight Actors Win Oscars For Playing Gay, But What It's Like For These Singers To 'Sing Straight' When They're Not? by Artsjournal2

They're navigating a lot of money questions. "Since Years & Years won the BBC's Sound of 2015, lead singer Olly Alexander has been refreshingly open about his sexuality. Speaking at a St…

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Will London's 'Hamilton' Set Records In The Olivier Awards Today? by Artsjournal2

The London version of the smash hit already raked in a record-breaking 13 nominations. Can it beat last year's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which broke records with nine wins last year?

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Friday, April 6, 2018

120,000 ClassicFM Listeners Voted For Their Favorite Piece Of Music by Artsjournal

Tchaikovsky had 14 entries in the Classic FM Hall of Fame, revealed on Monday. Mozart was the most popular composer, with 23 works in the Top 300.

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'Dr. Strangelove In Space': Explaining Stanley Kubrick's Inexplicable '2001: A Space Odyssey' by Artsjournal1

"Look at the similarities: the Cold War secrecy between the US and Russia, the boardrooms packed with middle-aged men in suits, the supposedly infallible machine which is intent on slaughter…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

One Of Bollywood's Biggest Stars Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Poaching by Artsjournal1

Salman Khan, who has made more than 100 movies and is known as both a romantic hero and an action star, has been convicted for illegally killing two rare blackbuck antelopes during while on …

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Britain Has A Problem With Dance Exams by Artsjournal2

Students aren't supposed to have "unauthorized absences," but what could be more authorized than students taking school-approved dance, music, theatre and other arts exams? Apparently, a lot…

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Musicians In Britain Have Been Hit Hard By A 'Management Scam' by Artsjournal2

The firm Band Management Union charged artists up to £4,000 for services, did nothing for the artists - and has now closed its website and email addresses and canceled its phones. One artis…

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Friday, March 30, 2018

UK Ruling On Hearing Damages Will Have Big Impact On Orchestras by Artsjournal

"It effectively says an orchestral workspace is no different from a factory," said Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras. "What it says is that musicians will nee…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Meet A Man Who's Been Handling Priceless Art (And Not Just Paintings) For 40 Years by Artsjournal1

"Ken Simons has had his hands on Picasso paintings, moved Tracey Emin's bed and manoeuvred an Antony Gormley sculpture though a third-floor window. For him, a famous painting or sculpture is…

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Violist Wins Suit Against Orchestra For Damaging His Hearing During Wagner by Artsjournal

The case won by Chris Goldscheider has huge implications for the industry and the health and safety of musicians. It is the first time a judge has scrutinised the music industry's legal obli…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

What Our Accents Signify, And Why People Try To Change Them by Artsjournal1

"After all, you can wear professional-looking clothes and behave in a way appropriate to your job, but as soon as you open your mouth, your accent betrays your upbringing. As the linguist Ch…

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The Science Of Crowd Behavior: Every Crowd Has A Psychological Personality by Artsjournal

Crowd psychology has been around since the 19th Century. But it’s only in the last few decades that there’s been a major shift to seeing crowds as more than mindless masses. “The crowd…

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Why Picasso Is So Massively Popular In East Asia (Yes, Even More Than In The West) by Artsjournal1

"Asian travellers are flocking to museums in the West to admire his artistic creations. Multi-million dollar paintings by the prolific artist have become the most sought after objects of des…

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Beirut's Male Belly Dancer by Artsjournal1

"Alexandre Paulikevitch is one of the few male baladi dancers in the Middle East. He learned how to dance from watching Egypt's black and white movies and now performs as a soloist, challeng…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

A New Professional Orchestra Comprised Of Disabled Musicians by Artsjournal

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is thought to be the first professional orchestra in the world to form an ensemble of disabled musicians. The group is led by a disabled conductor, James Rose,…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Underground Pop Music Industry Of Saudi Arabia, And The Bootleg Stores That Launched It by Artsjournal1

"At the end of 2017, US hip-hop star Nelly played a men-only concert in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; US country singer Toby Keith headlined a similar gig earlier in the year. These shows were flagg…

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Actor Michael Sheen Says It's Time For Gender Pay Equality (Including If He Needs To Take A Pay Cut) by Artsjournal2

Sheen, whose major roles include roles in Frost/Nixon and The Queen, "said the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns showed that there is 'clearly a moment happening' but 'we have to make sure that …

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Spotify's IPO Suggest It May Be Worth €23 Billion. Is It?

In its filing, Spotify says it aims to "unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportuni…

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