Staying informed and active in the artistic community is a great tool for success professionally and artistically. Part of this includes keeping current with the issues, happenings, trends, and opinions of our society nowadays. So, today I’d like to introduce a cool online arts newspaper. I first heard about it at The Hartt School in a composition course taught by Dr. Larry Alan Smith a few years ago, and I still revisit this site when I want some news on happenings related to the arts.
It’s called Arts Journal (http://www.artsjournal.com/) and it is a great source for many topics. It’s main header sorts by category into:
which are then followed by a host of other links to the other parts of this journal. Its homepage has a mixture of the top stories in these categories, and the homepage alone is a great source for composers whose interests are collaborative, expansive, and/or interdisciplinary.
I have found articles that range from the fate of certain American orchestras (a very hot topic, especially on the web) to a link to a marvelous NPR blog post on addiction. The music section is a great read, but the other sections are just as worthwhile. Arts Journal features a multitude of current English-language articles for free, and even has a daily and weekly email subscription option if you prefer to get your news emailed to you. While I don’t subscribe to the email newsletter anymore, I still check it frequently for its interesting links, articles, and blog posts. (I personally don’t really like to subscribe to things like that in general because it gets to be a lot of emails for many scubscriptions–it’s not just an ArtsJournal thing.) It has been around since 1999, and reviewed in papers such as the New York Times and Boston Globe.
I highly recommend trying http://www.artsjournal.com/ out!