Steve Smith

Steve Smith, writer and editor, will explore the topic of Interdependence of Music and Criticism: Musicians and Critics at the End of Time.

Smith describes his session: The notion that music critics exist in opposition to composers and performers is a long-held, widespread view—and, with very few exceptions, a complete fabrication. Music makers and writers about music both are vital parts of a thriving cultural ecosystem. Now, at a time when we all face unprecedented challenges in our lives and our work – and when outlets for performance and publication alike are endangered – how can critics continue to pursue their vocation, serving art and audience? And how can we all help to reinforce principles of mutually beneficial interdependence?

Steve Smith writes about music for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and his own Substack newsletter, Night After Night, recently spun off from his ASCAP Deems Taylor Award-winning blog of the same name. He previously served as a writer and editor for the Log National Sawdust, the Boston Globe, and Time Out New York. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Village Voice, Jazziz, JazzTimes, Decibel, The Wire, Chamber Music, Symphony, NewMusicBox, Musical America, and many other outlets. He trained formally as a percussionist, played in orchestras, jazz combos, and rock bands, and held past positions as a radio program host and a publicist.

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