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This week’s Live Music Exchange blog post:
In March 2012 Live Music Exchange supremos Martin Cloonan and Simon Frith got together to chat about music and politics in the context of Simon’s academic career and the development of Popular Music Studies. Here we present an edited transcript of the interview.
Live music and the live music industries in the news:
Coldplay join the paraorchestra of disabled musicians for closing ceremony : Classical maestro Charles Hazlewood’s ‘paraorchestra’ is set to take centre stage at the Paralympics whilst one-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy graduates from Royal College of Music.
Jersey Live Festival adjusts ticketing policy on under 16s to bring it into line with the UK as drivers are warned to avoid the area around the venue and police report that levels of drunkenness at the event are “way down” on 2011.
More cancellations as Whitehaven Harbour ‘Lakes Alive’ event, featuring acrobatic displays, music and fireworks is cancelled due to rain and high winds. Liverpool’s Matthew Street festival also falls prey to high winds, cancelled over safety concerns, leaving local businesses to count the cost.
Ill health prompts tour disruptions as Duran Duran cancel the rest of their world tour due to keyboard player Nick Rhodes’ illness and Eddie Van Halen undergoes emergency surgery for digestive disorder.
Baroness band members leave hospital after their bus crash and Wynona Judd resumes tour after her husband loses leg in motorcycle accident.
Madonna issues MDNA tour ‘manifesto’ to explain and defend use of gun and swastika iconography.
DOOM decoy made London PA, promoters allege:A London hip hop collective has accused masked rapper DOOM, real name Daniel Dumile, of allowing an imposter to appear in his place at one of their club nights.
Werner Herzog to direct Killers webcast: Legendary film-maker to helm live streaming of Killers show in New York in September.
Trolls game Taylor Swift competition in favour of school for the hearing impaired: A web-campaign to get Taylor Swift to play at any school in the country has been hijacked by 4Chan and Reddit users.
Michael Jackson ‘despondent’ before comeback concerts: Internal emails sent by the promoters of Michael Jackson’s planned 2009 comeback concerts saw them voice concerns over his stability and health.
Pussy Riot appeal sentence as university professor is arrested for murder at scene of which “Free Pussy Riot” was daubed on walls. Officials say this was a diversion to imply political intent for killing with domestic motive.
PRS issues warning to pubs in Scotland about a scam involving imposters claiming to work for PRS and trying to charge for licenses with threats of fines.
Arrests made in Belfast, and bail refused for Glasgow man, after bands defy ban restrictions put in place by Parades Commission. Talks are urged as DUP Member of the Legislative Assembly, Nelson McCausland says that defiance of the ban was ‘almost inevitable’.
Liverpool busking permits to be reviewed: Liverpool City Council will review its new policy on busking after campaigners applied for a High Court injunction barring its enforcement.
Western Isles to reconsider plans to phase out visiting teachers: A council is to re-examine a plan to phase out the use of visiting art, music and PE teachers in its primaries.
Beatles tourism angers neightbours: People who live in or near the The Beatles’ former homes are demanding curbs on the procession of fans turning-up in buses and taxis.
Leading Edinburgh Fringe venue chiefs say that festival should have been moved to avoid clash with Olympics, and anti-Israeli protesters stop dance show at the International Festival three times.
Muscians drawn in as US election campaign gathers pace. 3 Doors Down debut new song ‘One Light’ at Republican Convention as the Killers respond to Mitt Romney comments that he is a fan by saying that they are “not really a political band”, saying, “He’s, I guess, a guy and he listens to music and happens to like us. That’s fine.” Meanwhile, The National play a campaign rally for Barack Obama and Foo Fighters are scheduled to play a Rock the Vote event at the Democartic National Convention as Two Door Cinema Club deny rumours that Obama bought out the tickets for their Washington show.
And finally – Tuning a piano ‘moulds the mind’: Tuning a piano also tunes the brain, say researchers who have seen structural changes within the brains of professional piano tuners.
Selected comment and features:
Wyeside Festival: How to deal with noise complaints: The BBC website interviews Stephen Symmonds – the organiser of the Wyeside Music Festival – to find out how they balance the thousands of people who attend local festivals against the handful of people who live nearby.
Music and Movement – 2012 National Graduate Student Conference, British Forum for Ethnomusicology: Institute for Music Research (IMR), London WC1, 12th – 14th September 2012
Association of Festival Organisers Conference: Eastwood Hall, Nottingham, 16th – 18th November 2012
Those new to fundraising or those looking to refresh their skills in this areaThe day will cover the following areas:
• Fundraising strategies and research techniques
• Charitable trusts and foundations
• Individual Giving and Membership schemes, corporate support and events
• How to get the most out of boards and development advisory groupsThe course includes a 6-month email follow-up service, answering basic questions that have occurred since the course took place.• Have a working knowledge of the many different ways to raise money
• Know how best to apply that knowledge
• Know how to plan a fundraising strategy,write applications and proposals
• Have a clear understanding of what NOT to do when trying to attract funds
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