Giving Program Pick For February, 2014: The Rest Is Noise

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This month’s Giving Program pick is the always popular blog from the ever-sharp king of classical music culture, Alex Ross. His blog, The Rest Is Noise, is arguably the most popular culture blog around and it doesn’t take much to realize why. Granted, you might find his publishing platform a bit too austere for its own good. For instance, beyond the search function, there are no date based or category archives …

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Giving Program Pick For January, 2014: You’ve Cott Mail

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Byte for byte, you can’t beat You’ve Cott Mail for arts news. It’s a one-two punch of good old fashioned email newsletter and an active Twitter feed that provides a steady stream of theme oriented mailings and topical tweets. Artfully directed by the archetypical arts news hound, not to mention Senior Director of Marketing and Creative Content for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (and three-day-beard aficionado), Thomas Cott, it should be …

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Giving Program Pick For December, 2013: Mae Mai

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My choice for December’s Giving Program recipient is Jon Silpayamanant’s Mae Mai; a broad collection of posts on a variety of classical music topics both traditional and contemporary. Jon’s writing about the series of labor dispute related crisis at US orchestras has been fascinating to watch evolve from casual observer to someone who is eyeball deep in the minutiae of the heavy duty topics that occupy that space. Additionally, Jon does an excellent …

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Giving Program Pick For November, 2013: The Iron Tongue Of Midnight

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My choice for November’s Giving Program recipient is longtime blog author and all around sharp knife in the cultural drawer, Lisa Hirsch. Her blog, Iron Tongue of Midnight, dates back to 2004 which makes it an official cultural blog plankowner. For the past nine years Lisa has published a string of thought provoking posts about everything from concert reviews to the business of classical music. Her top-shelf writing chops are matched …

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Get On Board The Giving Program Train

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Shoshana Fanizza from Audience Development Specialists (ADS) posted an article at her business blog on 9/27/2013 about the value of contributing to sources of free information, ideas, and data throughout the field of culture blogging. As a result, she decided to lead by example by means of “deciding on a person to donate or contribute to based on how often I visit and read their information.” I’m honored that Fanizza chose …

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