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.

chapter |4 pages


ByChris Dromey, Julia Haferkorn

part I|72 pages

Principles and Practices

chapter 1|25 pages

Classical Music, Copyright, and Collecting Societies

ByBrian Inglis

chapter 2|12 pages

“Growing a Forest”

The Changing Business of Classical Music Publishing
BySarah Osborn

chapter 3|11 pages

Evolving Business Models in the Classical Record Industry

ByMarius Carboni

chapter 4|12 pages

Managing Artists in the Classical Sector

Definitions and Challenges
ByAtholl Swainston-Harrison

chapter 5|10 pages

On Classical Music Competitions

ByGlen Kwok, Chris Dromey

part II|62 pages

Identity and Diversity

chapter 6|17 pages

Uncertain Capital

Class, Gender, and the “Imagined Futures” of Young Classical Musicians
ByAnna Bull

chapter 7|16 pages

Inequalities in the Classical Music Industry

The Role of Subjectivity in Constructions of the “Ideal” Classical Musician
ByChristina Scharff

chapter 8|14 pages

Lifespan Perspective Theory and (Classical) Musicians’ Careers

ByDawn Bennett, Sophie Hennekam

part III|123 pages

Challenges and Debates

chapter 10|7 pages

Is Classical Music a Living or Heritage Art Form?

BySusanna Eastburn

chapter 11|24 pages

Dancing to Another Tune

Classical Music in Nightclubs and Other Non-Traditional Venues
ByJulia Haferkorn

chapter 12|11 pages

Curating Classical Music

Towards a Synergetic Concert Dramaturgy
ByMasa Spaan, Brendan Monaghan

chapter 13|79 pages

Talking About Classical Music

Radio as Public Musicology
ByChris Dromey