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128 Million People Are Going Out!

128 million adults attended artistic, creative, or cultural activities — that’s one statistic from the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, and that’s good news for live entertainment marketers. According to the NEA: “The new Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) records the different ways that American adults (age 18 and older) engage in the arts, where that engagement takes place, and why adults participate in these activities.” Here are two more findings …

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Cultural Venues Are Thriving in the US

Kakim Bishara for Hyperallergic reports that the “world spent $8 billion on new cultural institutions in 2018.” That’s good news for live entertainment. Jim has shared his thoughts about the benefits of live entertainment in his post: Bowling Alone – Why Live Entertainment Is More Valuable Than Ever. He wrote: “We ought to see ourselves as one of the key building blocks at improving our nation’s social capital. How can our entertainment give people a way to build connection and …

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#MondayMotivation: Now That You’re Dead, What Are You Going to Do With Your Life?

Looking for a little #MondayMotivation? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: What Reinvention Sounds Like. Slate‘s Mark Vanhoenacker has declared classical music “dead” in America. I’m not sure if there are other continents or republics where it’s all the rage, but here in the U.S.A., it’s not just in trouble. It’s deceased, passed on, bereft of life. As John Cleese would say, it’s an “ex-parrot.” This, of course, is an …

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News & Noteworthy (Week of June 29)

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! “Philadelphia’s Tony Awards” Are Changing: The Barrymore Awards, otherwise known as “Philadelphia’s Tony Awards,” are going gender-neutral, according to John Timpane for The Inquirer. Timpane explains, “Instead of a best actor and best actress, there will now be awards for best …

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Italian Government Gives Teens Money to Go Out More

It sounds almost too good to be true. According to The Local, every Italian teen who turns 18 before December 31, 2016 will get €500 from the government to spend on cultural items — to buy books, concerts tickets, theater tickets, cinema tickets, museum visits and trips to the country’s national parks. The Italian government will spend €290 million on about 575,000 teenagers, but it’s money well spent. Parliamentary undersecretary Tommaso Nannicini commented: “It reminds [youngsters] how important cultural consumption …

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What Reinvention Sounds Like

Slate‘s Mark Vanhoenacker has declared classical music “dead” in America. I’m not sure if there are other continents or republics where it’s all the rage, but here in the U.S.A., it’s not just in trouble. It’s deceased, passed on, bereft of life. As John Cleese would say, it’s an “ex-parrot.” This, of course, is an exaggeration, but only technically. Both financially and in terms of cultural relevance, it’s bad, and there are very few arrows pointing up. But here’s my …

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