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Adaptistration (Drew McManus)

Drew McManus writes a very focused column offering advice on managing symphony orchestras
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Brian Dickie

What's it like to be the general director of the Chicago Opera Theater? Read Brian Dickie's blog to find out.  Brian gives revealing blow by blow accounts of what it takes to mount opera productions in Chicago.
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Butts in Seats (Joe Patti)

An arts manager muses on practical issues of marketing and PR.
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Jason Heath's Double Bass Blog

Jason Heath writes about the life of a freelance bassist in the Chicago area, giving us a bit of the lighter side of serious music.
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KillingClassicalMusic

Minneapolis based composer Grant Charles Chaput's blog is, as he puts it, "Dedicated to rescuing the world's best music from a slow, certain death at the hands of tired traditions and oppressively ordinary thought."  Grant mixes his own musings with aggregated articles focused on the industry of classical music.

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Life’s a Pitch (Amanda Ameer)

NY-based PR professional Amanda Ameer writes about marketing classical music endeavors.  She offers critiques of marketing campaigns, advice and interviews with some of the leaders in the realm of classical music PR.
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Mind the Gap (Molly Sheridan)

Molly Sheridan writes about American culture through the lens of great performances.  The range of posts is wide, but always rooted in classical music performance and culture.
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Naxos Blog

Get the latest on new releases from classical music label Naxos, as well as discussion about the state of the classical music industry.
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Neoclassical (Holly Mulcahy)

Holly Mulcahy writes about her experiences as a freelance violinist in the Chicago area.  Her roughly monthly missives offer a peak behind the curtain at life in the classical music world.
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Non Divisi (Frank Almond)

Violinist Frank Almond writes about his professional experiences, including but not limited to his role as concert master at the Milwaukee Symphony.
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On the Record (Henry Fogel)

The former president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association talks about the challenges and opportunities that face symphonies today. 
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Overflow (Harvey Sachs)

Harvey Sachs writes about his experiences attending concerts in New York.  His detailed reports offer his personal encounter with the work at hand, rather than an official critique.  The effect gives the feel of a friend telling you "how it went."  
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Sandow (Greg Sandow)

Greg Sandow writes a column that is directed squarely at the performers, promoters and other working professionals in the world of classical music. The posts often engender discussions amongst his readers on such topics as copywriter vs creativity, promotion, funding for the arts, etc...
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Scanning the Dial

Classical music radio insiders Mike Janssen and Marty Ronish discuss the ins and outs of the classical music business.
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Slipped Disc (Norman Lebrecht)

Normal Lebrecht, arts and culture editor at the London Evening Standard, offers his commentary on the classical music business.
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Sticks and Drones

Bill Eddins conducts of the Edmonton Symphony.  Ron Spigelman conducts the Springfield Symphony.  The two trade of blogging about their experiences in the world of orchestral music.  The topics tend to be specifically geared toward professionals in the arts, but can offer insight to the casual observer about what regional orchestras go through.
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The Artful Manager (Andrew Taylor)

As the director of the Boltz Center for Arts Administration, Andrew Taylor speaks directly to the business side of arts and culture.  The posts cover a mixture of mediums, but he regularly touches on the world of classical music.
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