The State of Art Music
Why are jazz and classical genres having problems?
Why does iTunes excel?
Why do jam bands do well?
Why are recordings difficult to sell?
Why are orchestras such as Prairie Ensemble, Elgin Symphony, and Rockford Symphony doing well?
We need to break out of the tradition of a stuffy classical attitude. Successful ensembles such as the Prairie Ensemble of Champaign-Urbana currently do this.
Are classical concerts too long, too boring and too expensive?
Perhaps we need to retrain our audiences – like weight lifting start with small easy workouts then build up length and weight…Perhaps have a musical weightlifting series.
Try shorter, less expensive concerts
Involve the audience
Have a fun theme
Have a ‘dress down’ concert for the audience or encourage it in general