5th February: Artist Payout Figures, Digital Music Sales and Piano Department Closes

Tuesday 5th February 2013

LA Times

Philip Glass’ Walt Disney opera to be broadcast live online

Can’t get to Madrid for the world premiere of Philip Glass’ Walt Disney Opera? “The Perfect American,” a fictionalized account of Disney’s final days, will be broadcast live online on Wednesday, with the video available for free up to three months after.

New York Times – Arts Beat

A $100,000 Prize for Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma, the popular and successful cellist who has already received several major cash awards, has won another: the $100,000 Vilcek Prize, given by the Vilcek Foundation.

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music relaunches two awards for composers

Sound and Music has relaunched two initiatives for the promotion and support of composers: the George Butterworth Prize of £1,500, and the Francis Chagrin Awards which will provide composers with financial support to help meet costs associated with composing and disseminating new work.

NPR Deceptive Cadence

Does Classical Music Have A Transgender Problem?

Yesterday, pianist Sara Davis Buechner published on the New York Timeswebsite a brave and moving account of her experiences as a transgendered person.


Forgotten Carlo Gesualdo work performed and recorded for the first time in 400 years

Hear an excerpt of Sacrae Cantiones Liber secundus performed by Vocalconsort Berlin under James Wood (Harmonia Mundi) on the Gramophone Player!

Classic FM

Harrods closes piano department after 118 years

Legendary department store Harrods is set to close its piano sales department, due to a decline in sales.

Music Week

TuneCore reports $102m artist payouts in 2012

Digital distributor TuneCore has reported a record $101.8 million pay-out to artists in 2012.

Music Industry News Network

CD Baby Lowers Digital Sales Commission From 25% To 9% — The Lowest Rate Of Any Digital Music Retailer

CD Baby, the world’s largest online distributor of independent music, has announced that it will be lowering its cut of MP3 download sales on cdbaby.com.

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LA Times