The future of new music is at risk if we continue to undervalue composers | Culture professionals network | Guardian Professional

Posted: August 21, 2014 in classical music
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The future of new music is at risk if we continue to undervalue composers | Culture professionals network | Guardian Professional.

–An interesting article about the future of new music.

Two-thirds of the 466 composers who responded stated they do not find commissions to be a significant income. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

If we believe that music is a living artform then it stands to reason that the creation of new music is vital to its current and future health. However, professional composers are being asked to create new music for very little money in conditions that are too often inadequate. As a sector we have some hard questions to ask ourselves about our priorities.

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