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1st Edition

The Classical Music Industry

ISBN 9781138203693
Published June 1, 2018 by Routledge
286 Pages

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Book Description

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.



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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.