Even though there a quite a number of orchestras with the spot light on them over their financial troubles and labor disputes, it is probably the most exciting time to be an emerging leader in this “music world.”
Even still, we have many orchestras-generally smaller ones-that continue to thrive. In that sense, it almost seems like a case of a lot of failing name brand business, but the guys over in their apartment producing a successful start-up company are hitting the ground running.
I feel like many emerging arts leaders can look at their roles in any organization they are in and actually see the environment changing. The work is messy, uneven, and different everywhere you go, giving it reason why this is the most innovative time this field has seen in 20 years. If you love what you do, put in the extra time, ask questions, and continue to think in innovative ways for problem solving (but no quick fixes) like the start-up guys, I think you can learn a lot, and go far.
Orchestras are getting more community oriented; meaning less of the classic transactional based processes, and steering at more ways to look at creative programing and community interactions i.e. social media and simultaneous streams of live concerts. This is why I think that the future is still looking bright for this field. There are so many opportunities to work together to move into an era that is so diverse, that there is no way that this music scene will crumble. Too many people are already showing they care.