BBC: Directory of female musicians could end gender imbalance at festivals

BBC: Directory of female musicians could end gender imbalance at festivals. “When festivals finally resume in 2021, the line-ups could be more gender balanced than ever before, thanks to a new database of female artists. The F-list provides details of more than 4,500 musicians in all genres of music, and is free to use. It was compiled by equality campaigner Vick Bain, who first uploaded it as a sprawling online spreadsheet.”

CNN: An intubated Covid-19 patient played the violin in the ICU to thank health care workers

CNN: An intubated Covid-19 patient played the violin in the ICU to thank health care workers. Get your tissues out. “A retired orchestra teacher battling Covid-19 in a Utah hospital turned to his true passion — music — to help spread some joy in the ICU. Even while being intubated and unable to speak, Grover Wilhelmsen wanted to show his gratitude to the health care workers at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.”

NOLA: From Professor Longhair to Big Freedia, ‘Save Tip’s’ benefit features a New Orleans who’s who

NOLA: From Professor Longhair to Big Freedia, ‘Save Tip’s’ benefit features a New Orleans who’s who. “To get a sense of how important Tipitina’s is to musicians from New Orleans and beyond, consider the roster for ‘Save Tip’s,’ the free, livestreamed, three-plus-hour benefit airing at 8 p.m. Saturday.”

Coronavirus: Youth orchestra’s digital Tchaikovsky triumph (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Youth orchestra’s digital Tchaikovsky triumph. “The coronavirus pandemic has silenced many orchestras around the world. But the 70 young musicians who make up the Ulster Youth Orchestra have found a way to make themselves heard. Under the supervision of Daniele Rustioni, the Ulster Orchestra’s chief conductor, they remotely recorded an ambitious piece of musical magic.”

Gramophone: Soprano Jennifer Vyvyan celebrated in new website

Gramophone: Soprano Jennifer Vyvyan celebrated in new website. “A new website has been launched devoted to the life and legacy of soprano Jennifer Vyvyan (1925-74), setting her career within the musical, cultural and political context of the time, and as such painting a compelling portrait not just of the English singer, but of the era she inhabited.”

Albany Times-Union: New website documents Albany during the swing era

Albany Times-Union: New website documents Albany during the swing era. “Mike Pantone was a banjo and guitar player born in 1900 who in his early 20s joined the King Jazz Orchestra, one of the most prominent bands of the era in Albany. Starting a few years later, Pantone formed several jazz ensembles of his own and ran a music school on lower Madison Avenue in the city, where he made enough of an impression on one of his students, the future author William Kennedy, whose baseball games Pantone umpired, that he ended up, in real or fictionalized form, in several of Kennedy’s books. Pantone, who also taught music in Voorheesville, in 1942 dropped dead in his home, at 342 Madison Ave. in Albany. That’s where Michael Catoggio found him, in a manner of speaking.”

Leeds Live: Dance legend Dave Pearce backs Leeds entrepreneur’s mission to create ‘world’s biggest virtual nightclub’

Leeds Live: Dance legend Dave Pearce backs Leeds entrepreneur’s mission to create ‘world’s biggest virtual nightclub’. “Top DJs from across the field of music have already signed up to back the trailblazing site and have started doing sets online which also allow fans to interact with them while they play their tunes. Fans pay a monthly subscription and they can then attend as many gigs as they want with DJs earning half of all profits. DJs already signed on with the site include BBC Radio One legend Dave Pearce along with stars of the Rave scene including Slipmatt, Creamfields and Ibiza regular Rob Tissera and the founder of legendary Retro club night Paul Taylor.”

Inside Edition: How Musicians Are Doing Things Differently to Encourage People to Vote Amid COVID-19

Inside Edition: How Musicians Are Doing Things Differently to Encourage People to Vote Amid COVID-19. “As the clock ticks down closer to Election Day, more and more musicians are encouraging their fans to get out and vote. While musicians encouraging fans to vote is nothing new, this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, things will have to be done differently. Artists have always influenced and commented on the culture around them. Yet, moreso in America since the Vietnam War, musicians have encouraged their fans to vote and push for change. ”

Vice: How to Game Spotify and Instagram’s Algorithms to Help Artists

Vice: How to Game Spotify and Instagram’s Algorithms to Help Artists. “Now that in-person live music is no longer a reality, there are few ways to directly support musicians. You can subscribe to artist Patreons and donate through links on Spotify artist pages, but most importantly, you should be buying music and merch, especially through Bandcamp, during their monthly Bandcamp Friday 100 percent commission days. These are necessary and important steps to take to ensure touring artists can weather the pandemic. But there are also ways to give them a boost that don’t require spending any money: Simply follow the artists you like and save their songs on your streaming platform.”

New Age Bangladesh: Government launches digital archive

New Age Bangladesh: Government launches digital archive. “The government has launched digital archive for preserving works of artistes. A website… featuring the late legendary rocker Ayub Bachchu’s songs was launched under the initiative through an online programme held in hybrid format at the conference room of Bangladesh Copyright Office on Sunday evening.” When I visited the site, it was in English and I jumped right in.

Techdirt: Tom Lehrer, Still Awesome, Releases Lyrics Into The Public Domain

Techdirt: Tom Lehrer, Still Awesome, Releases Lyrics Into The Public Domain. “Back in 2014 we had a post about Tom Lehrer and copyright. As you hopefully know, Lehrer, the unassuming retired math teacher, had a brief and massively successful music career, in part because all of his work is amazing. Years back, Buzzfeed had a fantastic article about Lehrer that is worth reading. That’s what spurred my post about Lehrer and copyright, because in the Buzzfeed piece it became clear that Lehrer did not care one bit about retaining his copyrights.”

NFSA Launches ❤ Kylie: A Celebration (National Film and Sound Archive of Australia)

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia: NFSA Launches ❤ Kylie: A Celebration. “The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is turning into a Disco to celebrate Kylie Minogue’s countless achievements with a new online-only exhibition, ❤ Kylie: A Celebration. Now available at nfsa.gov.au/kylie, this online experience features rare content sourced from the NFSA’s vast audiovisual collection, spanning four decades of Kylie performances, interviews and more. ❤ Kylie: A Celebration is published three weeks ahead of Kylie’s 15th studio album, titled Disco.”

Introducing: The Groupmuse Foundation (Groupmuse)

Groupmuse: Introducing: The Groupmuse Foundation. “The Groupmuse PBC is a squad of millennial cultural activists — no one on the team is older than 40. We’ve got the energy, the tech-savvy, and the fresh thinking to build something unprecedented. But we don’t need to erase the old to create the new. We need to honor and make space for all the work that has been done by those that came before us. Classical music has always been supported by patrons and communities who understand there are some things that are too important to be buffeted by economic forces, and that is what The Groupmuse Foundation is ultimately about.”

Classical Music: The best score-reading apps for classical musicians

Classical Music: The best score-reading apps for classical musicians. “I’m a busy concert pianist and teacher, and have had little time for deciphering each of the many apps. I’ve also been terrified that a tablet might crash or run out of charge midway through a concert. But technology moves quickly and the time has finally come for me to overcome these fears and plunge headlong into the brave new world of score-reading apps.”

Vinyl Factory: New Record Deal Simulator website launches to help artists and labels

Vinyl Factory: New Record Deal Simulator website launches to help artists and labels. “A new website called Record Deal Simulator, designed by CreateOS, has launched. The website allows both artists and labels to calculate profits based on streams, as well as adjusting advance and distribution fees, recording and marketing costs.”