How to be brave (fantastic!)

A Contest! With prizes and everything! (or, the best advice you’ve ever received)

Art Talk with Margaret Martin of the Harmony Project

Call to Reinstate Benjamin Zander as Conductor of YPO

What Happens after the Premiere?

Where do Audiences come from?

How do musicians really make their livings?

What’s your hook?

Great insight into practicing

A helpful list of women composers

Renee Fleming and Yo Yo Ma tout arts education in Chicago

Why Arts Education matters, several videos of interest

Classical Music Boosts Heart Transplant Survival in Mice

Advice from Edna on getting advice

Tips on getting your pitch up

This is your brain…on music

The improv game, AMAPFALAP = “as much as possible from as little as possible,” invented by W. A. Matthieu in The Listening Book

NEC and the Firing of Benjamin Zander

Sweden’s School Without Walls

Harmony Project gets featured on ABC news

An ArtsJournal Discussion | Jan. 23-27, 2012, on Audience Engagement

Rather than losing his temper, this musician adapted the notorious Nokia theme, much to the delight of his audience

Bill T. Jones does John Cage

Q2 Interview:  Composer-Performer Du Yun Talks Chinese Opera and Electronic Music

Great advice on writing cover letters and why it is essential to think and act entrepreneurially

The 3 Levels of Effective Practice

The Case for Active Practicing

Become a confident performer

Seth Godin says it’s completely up to you

And start singing!

Celtic music fans! Boxwood Canada 2012 registration is now open

Final note:  Next week in LA, the Take a Stand 2012 Symposium takes place, and I will be going as a YOLA Ambassador.  The Weekly Digest will be off next week, and look for blog posts about El Sistema and my experiences there when I return!

In the meantime have a listen to this radio program from WHYY Radio Times from 1/23/12 featuring Stanford Thompson, Executive Director of Play On Philly, Jamie Bernstein, who is working on a new documentary on El Sistema, and Tricia Tunstall, the author of the new book, Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformatiive Power of Music. Go to:

What are classical music’s new entrepreneurs up to?

Bring out your inner entrepreneur and attend the Arts Enterprise Summit: The Creative Economy and You, held March 23-25, 2012

Harmony Project founder, Margaret Martin, who founded the LA organization that provides music education and instruments to disadvantaged youth, receives the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal

Read how music lifted one teen from a life of silence and how listening to music rewards you and heals you

Are you musical and passionate?  Listen to Benjamin Zander and read Astrid Baumgardner’s latest

Looking for advice on how to collaborate with non-arts organizations?

And check out what the US philanthropic community is thinking about funding for social change and the arts here and here

See the art of Occupy Wall Street and read the connection between Citibank and EMI

What is the language of music advocacy?

Has the iPod made music more disposable?

Read about the carbon cello

Flutists, visit Helen Bledsoe’s blog to play polyrhythms on Taffanel and Gaubert

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