I’m sorry that I haven’t posted all the recent comments yet. There were so many that I haven’t been able to keep up with them. Many asked the questions I answered in my last post.
And here’s another question that people ask. Isn’t the classical music audience larger than the concert audience? Don’t many people buy recordings, and hasn’t there been a surge lately of younger people downloading classical music?
Yes to all of that. But none of it generates much revenue for classical music. Or, very crucially, much pay for classical musicians. It’s still concerts — and, let’s note, large mainstream classical concerts — that float the classical music business financially. They’re what’s threatened in the current climate, and if there are many fewer of them in the future, classical musicians will have trouble making a living. I’ve yet to see a financial model that would show how classical musicians can make a living playing chamber music or new music for small audiences.