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?