Dying Industries and Choral Music
Date: May 23, 2011
I saw this on the Wall Street Journal business page last Saturday - the Top Ten dying industries.
It looks to me like this might have some impact on choral music - but what do I know? I have three degrees in music, not business. Still, it seems to me that we will be impacted in a variety of ways by the changing climate of business and the impact of technology on what we do.
If you have followed this blog, you know that I frequently draw parallels between music publishing and a variety of industries impacted by developments in technology.
When I see that "Newspaper Publishing" is declining, I know that more people are getting their news from online sources - and I speculate that choral conductors will soon leave printed music from catalogs for easier discovery/delivery models.
When I see that record stores have vanished, I know that people are now purchasing and downloading their music online - and I surmise that one day choral conductors will purchase and download all their music scores from the internet.
I was surprised to see the decline in the Apparel Manufacturing and Formal Wear and Costume industry - what am I supposed to do when the concert is at 7 p.m. and I need twenty bowties?