News & Noteworthy (Week of May 10)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em!

Students and musicians share space at a secondary school. Photo Credit: Joerg Sarbach

Sharing Space, Orchestra Boosts Students’ Performance: Eight years ago, one of Europe’s best-known orchestras, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, began sharing a building with a secondary school in the northern German city of Bremen, reports Matt Pickles for BBC. “Since then the school’s results have improved, its drop-out rates have fallen to less than 1%,” states the article, and “the number of pupils leaving school with the lowest qualifications has plummeted and the number staying on to take the Abitur exam at the end of secondary school has risen sharply.” Just sharing corridors and lunch tables with professional musicians has had a positive effect on the students.

$1.2B Proposed Upgrade LA Convention Center: Josh Haskell reports for ABC7 that AEG has proposed a $1.2 billion expansion for the LA Convention Center. Haskell writes, “The plan would add up to 350,000 square feet to the existing halls. In addition to modernizing the facilities, a $700-million addition to the JW Marriott Hotel would add 850 rooms to downtown.” The goal of the expansion is to attract larger, more prestigious conventions.

Eventbrite Partners With Instagram: According to Gideon Gottfried at Pollstar, “Instagram business account users selling tickets through Eventbrite can now add a ‘Get Tickets’ button to their profile.” The article continues: “Eventbrite claims that ‘more than 200 million daily active Instagrammers visit a brand profile each day,’ making the photo app a powerful discovery platform.”

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