20.7 million Americans (8.8% of all US adults) attended a classical music performance in 2012, according to the National Endowment for the Arts’ recent survey highlights. 19 million (8.1%) attended a jazz gig. But if these millions of classical & jazz fans tried to use any of the most popular digital music services to access classical or jazz music at home, they’d likely end up confused and unable to find what they’re looking for. read more
(post authored by Communications Intern Olivia Brown)
Back in 2011, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) established that, starting in 2012, April 30 would be International Jazz Day. The day comes at the end of Jazz Appreciation Month , a music festival created by a curator at the Museum of American History. Established in 2001, the festival includes a slew of events across the District, country, and world.
We’re proud to endorse the Jazz Journalist Association’s Jazz April campaign to highlight these events and celebrate the unifying and diplomatic effect of jazz music across the globe. This year’s main event is set to be held in Istanbul and will be streamed online, and there are dozens more events from Albania to Zimbabwe.
This post authored by FMC communications intern Olivia Brown
Metadata. Sounds like a android with irony issues. But it’s actually important to musicians and composers.
So what is it? Metadata is information that lives with every file on your computer. Through a mix of words and numbers, metadata describes files so that they can be managed by both the user and the system. In the case of a music file, metadata refers to the tags associated with a particular piece of music — such as the artist, album name, year of release, etc. These tags are definitely useful for the listener in keeping track of a digital collection. For artists, it’s about tracking for downloads and plays, which can ensure timely and accurate compensation.
Unfortunately, not all systems to organize metadata are created equal. Non-rock artists, especially jazz and classical musicians, have borne the brunt of some of the most poorly organized metadata out there. This is largely because the new business models are often developed with only popular music in mind.
[…]Case studies from the Future of Music Coalition’s Artist Revenue Streams project have been released. That means you can check out detailed financial situations from a jazz bandleader-composer and sideman who occasionally leads bands. Previously on the subject.[…]
The 2012 Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference in New York on January 6 - 8 looks to be one of the best yet. FMC friends and family will be in the house to talk about all things jazz as part of the “JazzConnect: Building Jazz Culture - Local to Global” series of programming. This jazz-specific APAP activity includes both free and registration-required events; we’ve highlighted some of the best for you to make planning your days even easier! read more
Just a decade ago, options for hearing chamber music, jazz, and world music on the radio were straightforward and rather limited: a local NPR or Pacifica station spinning Beethoven string quartets or Wynton Marsalis on a dial filled with infinite varieties of commercial pop, country, and talk. But as with many art forms, the Internet has revolutionized how niche music reaches fans. With recording, podcasting and webcasting becoming cheaper every day, traditional radio broadcasts have morphed into dozens of new forms on the web, and ? perhaps most importantly ? the line between being a performer and a broadcaster has blurred. This new environment offers new possibilities for reaching new audiences, but it requires a new way of thinking about radio. read more
How Digital Services Fail Classical & Jazz Musicians, Composers, and Fans
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
This is an excerpt of material first presented by Jean Cook at CASH Music Summit in Portland,OR in August 2013.
There is a special kind of data that enables the discovery and consumption of music. It’s called metadata. This article describes two specific ways that services like Spotify, iTunes, Rhapsody, Google Music, and Pandora dramatically underserve the market for classical and jazz music because of the way they treat the metadata for these genres. But first, a little about what metadata is. read more