Stephen Kenyon wrote: ↑
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:12 pm
The death of the arts has been predicted with regularity since they invented arts, and while of course there is plenty of fluctuation, it seems to me there is a strong tendency for them to hang in there.
As an example, in the 1980s I used to often go to the then local orchestral concerts (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra). I was usually pretty much the only 20 something there, the average age of the audience was probably about 60. And the average is still about 60, 30 years later!
And the arts have long been the territory of colleges and universities. These institutions have a vested interest in preservation of historical forms. And many musicians are "classically trained" but transition to pop music to make money. Pat Benatar was trained as an opera singer. Yngwie Malmsteen was trained as a classical guitarist. I'm sure there are many, many others who fit this category.
Said a little differently, there are tons of kids studying classical forms at my local music school: violin, guitar, piano, cello, etc. But the money is not in classical. So by natural reality, students gravitate to other professions or more commercial forms of music. My instructor said of all the people who graduated with him from the SF Conservatory, he is the only one still doing music professionally. All others have moved on to other careers.