Saturday, July 6, 2013

Specialty Stores for the Arts

We each have our own unique passion.

Every arts organization (AO) and business (B) needs advertising.

As I started this idea of finding good sources of funding for an orchestra, I thought about how successful the book sale was for the two orchestras in Saskatchewan, but this needs a lead person to organized book, price and co-ordinate a book-sale event with a store front.

I then realized that there are many possible items that could be donated to an AO not just books, but even high-end value items like jewelry and cars.

Seeing then that if an AO starts a book sale, or other “sale” program they may be just challenging the viability of existing business such as used bookstores. It is an obvious switch to work with the local businesses as donation sights for the arts organization.

So the idea is that local specialty stores like jewelers and used car lots accept donations of items that would be resold to support the AO.

If an AO sets up official donation/resale locations both the AO and the B could benefit from mutual advertising. The B could improve its “class” by being associated with the AO, there would be an increase in merchandise and customers for the B plus both would increase profit assuming the B was give a percentage of the sale of the donated items.

This system seems very simple to me, an AO’s passion is obviously not that of a bookseller.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Authentic practice in Classical Music

Authentic practice has evolved into a snobbery of elite researchers, that their way is suggested by someone in his treatise and therefore they are doing it right.

Felix Mendelssohn is the person who from what I understand started the idea that musicians should perform the music the way the composer wanted and not the way they wanted. This one idea that in the 1830s the idea of the composer being correct means to me that at that time and before there was much more free interpretation of music. This makes sense since a lot of parts had to be hand copied as they were shared and spread around. Mistakes obviously happen in these copies, so the musicians would fix it in unique ways. Not only that, there was someone who made a simplified version of Beethoven symphonies fixing some of the more dissonant chords. This is a good example of non-authentic practice.

If the case really is that musicians make their own versions of music before the 1830s, then authentic practice really is making your own version and changing it however you feel!