Category Archive: Arts and the Consumer

Cultural consumption: fight for our rights and oust laziness

Feb 25

Image gallery: Donor Day

Following on from the previous feature, a gallery of images from the Donor reception held in the foyer of the Colyer-Fergusson Building, with some of the supporters of the University. Images: © Matt Wilson / University of Kent

Feb 14

Donor card: a chance to thank our supporters

This morning’s reception in the foyer was a wonderful opportunity for us to say a very warm ‘thank you’ to some of the philanthropic supporters of the University, and in particular some of those who support music-making at Kent. We’re very fortunate to have so many people interested in supporting the University in all manner …

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Jan 28

The Arts: rejuvenating the county

I’m reminded anew of this article in the Guardian some months ago about the impact culture and the arts are having in East Kent. Writing last year, the Director of the Turner Contemporary Gallery, Victoria Pomeroy, states that the arts are leading the way in raising the profile of the area as a desirable destination. From …

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Oct 31

Music, students and employability

As I’ve written about several times previously,the employability of our students in Life After Kent is important, both to us as an extra-curricular department – the range of disciplines being studied in combination with musical pursuits at the university is extraordinary – and to the University itself, with its Employability Points Scheme and the Careers …

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Jul 01

Employability: arts vacancies Pinterest board

As a means of organising all the arts vacancies advertisements that I’ve hitherto been posting to our Facebook group, you can now Follow a special Arts Vacancies board on Pinterest. As we come across arts vacancies in the south-east region (mainly Canterbury, but occasionally further afield – there’s currently one for Plymouth on there!), I’ll …

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Jan 23

Early musical training produces ‘long-lasting effects on performance and the brain’

A recent article in the New Scientist reveals that starting to learn a musical instrument at an early age can coincide with a key period of neurological development. MRI scans revealed that the white matter in the corpus callosum – the brain region that links the two hemispheres – had more extensive wiring and connectivity …

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Sep 05

Head in the clouds: streaming your music

As a music consumer, do you feel the need to own your CD collection ? Or has your consumption been overtaken by streaming ? As a mark of how strongly companies believe consumers can be lured from the former to the latter, the French music-streaming service, Deezer, is about to launch in the UK to …

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Dec 17

2012 Olympics: good for new music

Twenty composers have recently been announced for the ‘New Music 20 x 12’ initiative, unveiled as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Each commissioned piece will last twelve minutes, and be broadcast on Radio 3 and toured around the UK. The initiative has been created independently, and is delivered by the PRS for Music Foundation …

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Nov 19

Diversity is key: arts in the modern world

For the arts in the twenty-first century, for both practitioners as well as the venues that house them, the watchword is becoming diversity, as two recent articles demonstrate. A recent feature in the San Franciso Classical Voice (via the ArtsJournal) highlights this from the point of view of a performer, cellist Zoe Keating, illustrating how diversifying …

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Nov 16

Understanding the hype: two attitudes to marketing

Proper Discord presents a breakdown of key marketing terms, and what they really mean. (Health warning: this article will have you in stitches.) Whilst Greg Sandow looks at press releases, and how to write them. What have we learned ? Present ideas in ways that avoid cliché, keep press releases short and link to media examples where …

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