Music & Culture

Analyzing Cultural Dynamics: On Safeguarding Classical Music Orchestras


In what way do an age structure with a disproportionate number of elderly classical-music listeners and a potential future decrease in size of the classical-music audience threaten the existence of orchestras?


What are the leverage points for safeguarding the classical-music orchestras in the long run?

Problem-Solving Approach

Exploring the current situation with respect to …

Presenting the underlying causes for the age structure of the classical-music audience:

Developing a simulation model:

Running simulations:

Communicating and implementing results:


Significant decrease of the classical-music audience over the next 30 years projected


Three main directions of impact identified:

Need for action clearly communicated (e.g. via associations and councils, by contributing articles to journals/magazines and radio broadcasts)