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Have you ever wondered what a conductor really does? Or how she (thats right!) picks the music? This website offers fans and first-timers a 140-character backstage pass to the wonderful world of classical music.
#askaconductor is the first #askthemusicians Twitter event. On December 8, 2010, conductors from around the world will come together to engage with fans, first-timers and complete strangers.
Music China, Asia-Pacifics most established music industry event will be held during 12 15 October 2010 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), Shanghai, China. Hugely popular with Asian and international visitors, Music China is the Asian counterpart to Musikmesse in Frankfurt.
In 2009, Music China attracted more than 42,000 visitors from 86 countries and regions who visited 1,164 exhibitors from 24 countries and regions. There were six exhibition halls covering an area of 65,000 sqm.
Youre always hearing that the music business has changed. Thats not quite true. In fact, its changing and thats quite a different thing. Facing that change, and negotiating it as it happens, is one of the biggest challenges for independent music businesses. The best way to navigate in such interesting times is to really understand whats going on around you, so you can adapt and respond appropriately.
You dont have to be a computer whiz you just have to understand some basic principles. I reckon there are about 20 of them. If you understand these, and apply their principles, youre off to a good start in the new media environment.
A team of Oliver Wyman consultants applied cutting-edge customer-based strategy methodologies to find out what drives symphony concertgoers to return or churn. They found a sobering trend:

* 90% of first-time concertgoers never return
* 60% of occasional concertgoers dont purchase tickets the following season
Now, symphony orchestras across the US are applying solutions from the Audience Growth Initiative (aka "Churn Report") to entice first-timers back and develop a new generation of orchestra supporters.
Fortaleza/CE, in the northeast of Brazil, is going to feel the cultural manifests of all over its country this month. The TEIA 2010 Digital Drums is going to take place at the Dragăo do Mar Center of Art and Culture from March 25th until the 31st.

The TEIA2010, as the name implies (Teia means Network) is a tangle of cultural events of different regions of Brazil. It is an opportunity to reveal the many different Brazilian cultural manifests through the decentralization of production.
The program will count with the completion of the Third National Forum of Cultural Points, seminars, panels, debates, round-tables discussions, among others. Still, the program counts with audiovisual exhibitions and scenic presentations and an Economic Solidarity fair.
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, June 9-10, 2010
The first "Vienna Music Business Research Days" are devoted to the economic impact of music file sharing as well as the concept of a music flatrate. "Vienna Music Business Research Days" were conceived in order to bring together scholars as well as practitioners from all over the world who are interested in scientific reflection on music business topics.
Encouraged by the huge success of the first symposium "The Art of Music Education" in 2008 the Körber Foundation in cooperation with the Elbphilharmonie, has invited well- known experts from all over Europe, the USA and Asia to an international symposium to take place in Hamburg from 24 to 26 February 2010 in the KörberForum. This year the theme is »Creating a mindset for music among young people aged between 15 and 25«
What are we hoping to achieve by offering music education programmes to young people? How do they need to be designed to motivate a younger audience to go to a classical music performance? What sort of a world do our potential listeners live in? These and other questions will be discussed by a panel of concert hall managers, directors of education programmes and dramaturges, to exchange ideas about the opportunities and limits of their work with young people..
LOS ANGELESNovember 23, 2009MySpace Music, the premier online music community and leading independent music agency Merlin today announced a comprehensive global agreement for Merlins member labels to participate in MySpace Music.
The addition of the Merlin repertoire, representing 10% of the global music market, to MySpace Musics existing catalogue will create one of the largest independent music offerings on the web.
Time was when orchestras and ensembles wanted to reach out to new audiences, they took their instruments out to the park and shopping malls where teens and young families tended to gather. In todays world, increasingly, people are meeting online. Some intrepid, tech-savvy musicians and ensembles are out there in the virtual community, presenting virtual concerts in the new virtual park. Who are they? What are their experiences and what are the lessons we can learn?
The search for a concept that will draw the public of tomorrow is releasing unforeseen energies in the opera. Since 1996 Cologne has possessed a children's opera as part of its rich cultural offering, and now Dortmund too has one.

The Art of Music Fair is to become the annual creativity fair for the contemporary Art&Classical Music landscape in Europe, initiated by the composers of Europe.

John Willan, the chairman of IAMA, had the pleasure to welcome 460 delegates in the Konzerthaus Berlin. For the committee chair Cornelia Schmid (Konzertdirektion Schmid, Hannover) it was the amazing cultural scene of Berlin responsible for the decision to come to the conference.
During the symposium "The Art of Music Education" in Hamburg we've got to learn the example of The Sage Gateshead near Newcastle (UK), which is indeed not only an outstanding arts venue, but also a centre where music education is an essential part of the whole programming. We spoke with the head of the education department, Joan-Albert Serra, asking him to share with us about his success.

Paris, 27 February 2008 The International Federation of Musicians is organising the first International Conference of Orchestras from the 7 to 9 April 2008 in Berlin, an event which, targeting orchestra musicians and directors alike, will be of major global impact.

The topic of the January issue of Arts Management Newsletter is Classical Music Business. Why Classical Music Business again after covering orchestra management already in April 2007? The idea was born last November on the German Orchestra Day where orchestra was put to a highlight of the conference, in particular, orchestra viewed from the national perspective. At the same event we had a chance to meet Executive Vice President of the League of American Orchestras, Jesse Rosen, and consequently to pose questions concerning the mission of the League as well as to discuss similarities and differences between orchestras on international level.
Between September 06 and September 09 a new innovative Music Masters programme will be developed by five higher education institutions in different European countries and two in the USA. This one-year programme is designed to meet contemporary demands of the international music practice and therefore combines studying at ones home institution with studying at a partner institution abroad. The Masters programme is initiated by the Lectorate Lifelong Learning in Music of the Prins Claus Conservatoire in Groningen, The Netherlands.
The Music Information Center Austria (mica) is co-ordinating the project. DMET Digital Music Education Training, with the support of the Culture 2000 programme of the European Union. The main goal of DMET is to create a curriculum for digital music business affairs, providing artists and labels with the knowledge they need to take advantage of the new marketing and distribution possibilities of the Internet. Currently one of the main activities in DMET is the creation of a consolidated body of knowledge on the digital music market. The following article gives an example of these topics, mainly focusing on the present situation of the music industry and the problems they are struggling with.
There are said to be approximately 2,500 public theaters and concert halls in Japan at present. Almost all of these were built in the 1980s or later. There was an unprecedented rush of construction in the 1990s in particular, when approximately 1,000 halls opened during a ten-year period. The building of such a large number of facilities in the 1980s and 1990s took place in a context not only of government support for public works projects but also as a result of the following three movements.

Nowdays there are courses, diplomas, masters degrees that certify you as an artist manager or agent. In my college days, over 30 years ago, there was nothing of the kind, it was not an official profession. There always were, of course, the grand impressarios: Sol Hurok, Nelly Walter, Thea Dispeker, Anne Colbert, Herbert Breslin. These were personalities who kept a watchful eye on their artists and managed their careers. They all were classical agents and always had several artists in their stable.
The latest issue of our Arts Management Newsletter has been released. We took a special look at the developments in orchestra management, but you will also find general news and trends in arts management as every month. Enjoy reading this newsletter, and tell your colleagues about our free news service for arts managers.