Conservatoires and the Industry: Why So Little Engagement?

Exploring a paradigm shift: the music conservatoire as an ‘agent of change’

David Bahanovich photo by Trinity Laban
  • event type:Classical:NEXT 18 Network Meeting
  • date:18 May 2018
  • time:15:00 - 15:45 CEST
  • city/area:Rotterdam
  • venue:Interactive Space (third floor), de Doelen
  • country:Netherlands
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts

Co-ordinated by David Bahanovich (US/UK), assistant director of music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

We should endorse a paradigm shift in the role of conservatoires: they must lead, incubate and deliver solutions to the challenges that the classical music industry faces in consort with the industry. Given the seismic shifts to landscape – unsustainable business models, imbalances between supply (graduates) and demand (performance opportunities), the impact of the digital economy on musicians’ livelihoods, along with critical questions regarding engaging audiences and the relevance of our art form – it is high time that conservatoires become ‘agents of change'. Can conservatoires provide much needed R&D for the industry? How can conservatories forge better relationships with the industry? Any successful models?