2013 was one hell of a year; marked by dizzying highs and crushing lows, most of the field still managed to get to the end in one piece. And although resolutions are a popular past time, I’ve never found them useful; at the same time, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few things I’d like to see transpire in 2014 (granted, some are more practical than others).
- Traditional print culture journalism picks back up and online mediums continue to expand.
- Nontraditional patron advocacy groups become commonplace and appear outside the auspices of a labor dispute.
- Efforts to simulcast live concert events spend more time and effort refining broadcast quality and reliability instead of over blowing the PR value.
- The income gap between the haves and have-nots within larger budget ensembles, from one ensemble to the next, and among stakeholder groups reverses course.
- A mandatory 10 second brain-to-finger delay is instituted for all social media based commentary.
- Composers become part of collective bargaining agreements.
- Ticket fees go the way of the Dodo.
- Average ticket prices decline thanks to generous and ongoing subsidies from large donors.
What’s on your 2014 wish list?