ART AND THE GOVERNMENT A federal judge recently ruled that Pandora must continue to pay ASCAP, which represents song writers and publishers, a 1.85% composition royalty. It was a (not entirely clean) victory for Pandora, which was arguing against a rise to 3%. The Future of Music Coalition has a good primer on the issue.Read More
People who want to do the most amount of good possible with the resources available don’t tend to take the arts very seriously. What if they’re right?
What can we do to create an open environment for talking honestly about race relations in all of their kaleidoscopic, maddening, shame-inducing complexity?
Philip Glass drove a taxi, Patti Smith was a bookstore clerk, and William Faulkner worked the night shift at a power plant. It’s an old story: when they aren’t working in their studios, recording, or rehearsing for upcoming auditions, many, if not most artists spend their time at another job that brings in a steadyRead More
What those popular online learning platforms might mean for hand turkeys and do-re-mi.
Cultural, civic, and private sector forces are on display in the evolution of two New York City neighborhoods.
(This article originally appeared in 20UNDER40 anthologyi edited by Edward P. Clapp, and has been republished with permission.) Spurred on by major technological advances, the number of aspiring professional artists in the United States has reached unprecedented levels and will only continue to grow. The arts’ current system of philanthropic support is woefully underequipped to evaluate thisRead More
I’ve been thinking lately about Sudhir Venkatesh’s experiment in extreme poverty immersion and the lessons it holds for grantmakers. As I mentioned in that post, I’ve known only a tight-budget existence in my personal life thus far, which has been reinforced by four years working for a nonprofit with annual expenses in the $1.5 millionRead More
This is amazing. Freakonomics guest blogger Sudhir Venkatesh has been working for the past few months with Michael, a trust-fund baby with $78 million to donate over the next few years. After paying 20 grand to a few consultants to help him direct his funds and getting a lot of hogwash about “embracing the innerRead More