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The Classical Music Industry

1st Edition

By Chris Dromey, Julia Haferkorn


270 pages

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This volume brings together academics, executives and practitioners to provide readers with an extensive and authoritative overview of the classical music industry. The central practices, theories and debates that empower and regulate the industry are explored through the lens of classical music-making, business, and associated spheres such as politics, education, media and copyright.


The Classical Music Industry maps the industry’s key networks, principles and practices across such sectors as recording, live, management and marketing: essentially, how the cultural and economic practice of classical music is kept mobile and alive. The book examining pathways to professionalism, traditional and new forms of engagement, and the consequences of related issues—ethics, prestige, gender and class—for anyone aspiring to ‘make it’ in the industry today.


This book examines a diverse and fast-changing sector that animates deep feelings. The Classical Music Industry acknowledges debates that have long encircled the sector but today have a fresh face, as the industry adjusts to the new economics of funding, policy-making and retail


The first volume of its kind, The Classical Music Industry is a significant point of reference and piece of critical scholarship, written for the benefit of practitioners, music-lovers, students and scholars alike offering a balanced and rigorous account of the manifold ways in which the industry operates.

Table of Contents


Chris Dromey and Julia Haferkorn

I. Principles and Practices

1. Classical Music, Copyright, and Collecting Societies? Brian Inglis

2. "Growing a Forest": The Changing Business of Classical Music Publishing Sarah Osborn

3. Evolving Business Models in the Classical Record Industry Marius Carboni

4. Managing Artists in the Classical Sector: Definitions and Challenges Atholl Swainston-Harrison

5. On Classical Music Competitions Glen Kwok and Christopher Dromey

II. Identity and Diversity

6. Uncertain Capital: Class, Gender, and the "Imagined Futures" of Young Classical Musicians Anna Bull

7. Inequalities in the Classical Music Industry: The Role of Subjectivity in Constructions of the "Ideal" Classical Musician Christina Scharff

8. Lifespan Perspective Theory and (Classical) Musicians’ Careers Dawn Bennett and Sophie Hennekam

9. Reimagining Classical Music Performing Organisations for the Digital Age

Brian Kavanagh

III. Challenges and Debates

10. Is Classical Music a Living or Heritage Art Form? Susanna Eastburn

11. Dancing to Another Tune: Classical Music in Nightclubs and Other Non-traditional Settings Julia Haferkorn

12. Curating Classical Music: Towards a Synergetic Concert Dramaturgy Masa Spaan

13. Talking about Classical Music: Radio as Public Musicology Chris Dromey

Appendix 1

Keyword Survey of Verbal and Online Commentary, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, 1 March 2017.



About the Authors

Christopher Dromey is Associate Professor in Music at Middlesex University, UK.


Julia Haferkorn is Senior Lecturer in Music Business and Arts Management at Middlesex University, UK and Director of production company, Third Ear Music.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Creative and Cultural Industries Management

This innovative series provides a forum for the publication of original research in cultural and creative industries from a management perspective. It reflects the multiple and inter-disciplinary forms of cultural and creative industries and the expanding roles which they perform in an increasing number of countries. As the discipline expands, there is a pressing a need to disseminate academic research, and this series provides a platform to publish this research, setting the agenda of cultural and creative industries from a managerial perspective, as an academic discipline. The aim is to chart developments in contemporary cultural and creative industries thinking around the world, with a view to shaping future agendas reflecting the expanding significance of the cultural and creative industries in a globalised world. The remit of the series is broad and will reflect cultural and creative industries research including (but not limited to):

  • cultural and creative industries in countries and regions of interest (e.g. UK, USA, Central and Eastern Europe; Latin America, China, Taiwan, India);
  • the cultural and creative industries in any re-ordering of the global economy in crisis;
  • cultural and creative industries and their social, political and technological and economic impacts;
  • governance, management and leadership;
  • global power and influence in entertainment and the arts;
  • advocacy, philanthropy and sponsorship;
  • cultural and creative industries and mobile, digital and social media;
  • cultural and creative industries and the built environment;
  • event management;
  • greening our festivals and the carbon footprint;
  • national identity;
  • creativity and innovation in cultural and creative industries;
  • cultural and creative industries in public management and not-for-profit areas.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Strategic Planning
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Entertainment
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Nonprofit Organizations & Charities
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
MUSIC / Business Aspects
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Classical