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Live Music Exchange Digest – w/c 13/08/2012


Welcome to our weekly digest of news and events in industry, academia and more.

This week’s Live Music Exchange blog post:

Dr. Paul Carr on Higher Education and the Live Music Industry (video) – Live Music Exhchange Leeds, May 4th

This video from the Live Music Exchange, Leeds event features Dr. Paul Carr, Head of the Music Academy at the University of Glamorgan,  discussing the research that led to his recently published report Playing Wales: the relationship between higher education and the live music industry in Wales.

Live music and the live music industry in the news:

London 2012 Olympics close with spectacular ceremony

West End rallies but takings still down as Olympics runs on

Morrissey attacks ‘blustering jingoism’ of Olympic Games


Reading And Leeds Festival boss to launch new ‘very small festival’ in 2013

Hop Farm makes a loss in 2012

Reading and Leeds ticketholders to receive free food and drink

UK Music launches music festival map while Guardian launches its own map of where austerity measures are curtailing the arts

Charity set up in memory of Radiohead stage collapse victim: The Scott Johnson Bursary will fund musical equipment for young people

Fan dies at Wacken Festival

Ear plugs are to be given out to clubbers


Survey into musicians’ pay launched by union

Live Nation Q2 profits fall

BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship Applications about to open

Arts Council England gives boost to areas of low engagement

Glasgow’s Theatre Royal, owned by Scottish Opera, set for £11m redevelopment 

Writers the ‘lowest man on the totem pole’ in UK musical theatre


More support for Pussy Riot, including statements from Madonna, Peaches and Bjork, as prosecutors call for a three-year jail term and the band’s closing statement denounces Putin’s ‘totalitarian system’.

Lamb of God singer Randy Blyth maintains his innocence, states that he will return to Prague to face trial if need be and criticises the US Justice Department for failing to warn him that he would face arrest.

Insane Clown Posse is Suing the FBI. Band takes on agency for naming their fans, known as Juggalos, “a loosely-organized hybrid gang.”

American satirist moves into festivals. Stephen Colbert indie festival to fight summer’s well-known liberal bias

Sydney Opera House goes Broadway with South Pacific

Tom Petty Plays Wedding: Amazon Exec Fooled By Fake Booking Agent, Ends Up With Real Tom Petty


Selected features and comment:

London’s closing ceremony: a volunteer on the behind-the-scenes experience: Peter Baker’s first-hand account of being a cast-member for the Olympic closing ceremony.

Olympics closing ceremony music: big acts, big hits, but no big gasps:  The Guardian‘s Alex Petridis reviews the music for the closing ceremony.

‘World’s bravest orchestra’ defies the bombers’:  The Independent’s Paul Bignell looks at the obstacles faced by Iraq’s National Youth Orchestra as the prepare to make their international debut in Britain.

The Beastie Boy who really is a role model – to rock stars: John Harris discusses Adam Yauch’s will, refusing permission for his music to be used for adverts, in an age of pop soundtracks for promotional activities festival sponsorship.

‘For More Pianos, Last Note Is Thud in the Dump’ (with video): The New York Times takes a look at the increase in pianos being sent to landfill.



Registration has opened for the 3rd GreenEvents Europe Conference in Bonn on November 5th and 6th 2012 at the Wissenschaftszentrum, Bonn, Germany.
Third Edition of Green Events Europe opens registration

Festival of Politics 2012, with Born to be Wide
The Future of the Music Industry – EDINBURGH: The Scottish Parliament – Debating Chamber, SAT 25TH AUG, 2012 17:00-18:00

Panellists include Scott Cohen, founder The Orchard; Scott Hutchison, Frightened Rabbit; Caroline Gorman, Rage Music and the Scottish Music Industry Association; Olaf Furniss, Born to be Wide; John Preston, former Chairman of BMG (Sony) and the British Phonographic Industry; and Inger Dirdal, Music Export Norway. Chaired by the Deputy Presiding Officer Elaine Smith MSP.

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