Refuelling: Ethics in cultural sponsorship

Originally posted at Musochat:

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Host: Kelly Lovelady (@KellyLovelady)

How do we perpetuate our projects in austerity conditions? Should we dull our originality and politics to attract commercial branding and government grants? Fossil fuel companies are buying into our performance venues to bury their social and environmental crimes. Can the uprising towards an oil-free cultural sector start with us: the artists?

I’ve called a session on refuelling- ideas of powering, nourishing, sustaining ourselves, our projects, audiences and comrades #Musochat
— Kelly Lovelady (@KellyLovelady) March 20, 2017

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Hackney Showroom festival of cultural activism asks: ‘Can protest be joyful?’

Originally posted at Hackney Gazette:

Template.jpgCo-director of Hackney Showroom, Sam Curtis Lindsay, talks to Zoe Paskett about their second anniversary and a festival celebrating joyful protest.

So far, 2017 has been a year of protest: against Donald Trump, abortion bans, controversial speakers at universities, violence towards women, immigration – whichever side you fall on, the public are more engaged than they have been in recent years.

While some protests have been violent and some peaceful, many people are now trying to figure out how they would like to utilise their freshly galvanised political passion. “Can joy or beauty be ways of protesting rather than everything being painful or angry all the time?” asks Sam Curtis Lindsay.
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On International Women’s Day – Meet Ruthless Jabiru

Originally posted at Artisan Accounts:

Template.jpgAs part of our endeavor to support International Women’s Day we begged some of our most inspiring female clients to contribute a blog, here Kelly Lovelady from the inimitable Ruthless Jabiru explores change and power.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that ye olde worlde of conducting is overwhelmingly male. The pride and prejudice of the orchestral podium is, to collate the many confounded observations I’ve collected over the years, a beaming anomaly even to those with little or no concert-going experience.

Gender biases in so-called “classical” music are ultimately borne of a performance ritual which reveres and respects its own history so deeply that it continues to perpetuate the quirks of concert culture as it stood in its infancy almost 200 years ago.
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Ruthless Jabiru | Fuel

Originally posted at Hackney Showroom:

9 April |  Showroom Big Space  |  7pm  |  £16

Julia Wolfe Fuel
Michael Cryne Slipstream (World premiere)
Cat Hope Pure
Gloria Coates Lamentation: Homage to Supply Belcher (1750-1836) from Symphony No.14 “Symphony in Microtones
Osvaldo Golijov Last Round

Ruthless Jabiru joins forces with Art Not Oil in a major performance event calling for London’s cultural organisations to go fossil funds free. Devised and conducted by Kelly Lovelady, Ruthless Jabiru will perform an industrial meditation around fuel dependency and its ramifications for the soul of our world.

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Ruthless Jabiru to feature at Joy & Dissent

Originally posted at RelevantNow :

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London chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru will deliver the closing performance of Joy & Dissent: a festival of cultural Activism at Hackney Showroom from 27 March to 09 April 2017.

Ruthless Jabiru will join forces with Art Not Oil in a major performance event on 09 April calling for London’s artists and cultural organisations to aspire to an oil-free cultural sector by signing the fossil funds free commitment.

Devised and conducted by Kelly Lovelady, Ruthless Jabiru will perform an industrial meditation around fuel dependency and its ramifications for artistic authenticity and accountability in a programme for string orchestra by Julia Wolfe, Gloria Coates, Cat Hope, Continue reading