The classical music ecosystem is comprised of several elements, including (but not limited to): performers, composers, audiences, donors (those who want to overspend in order to make music possible), customers (those who want to pay market price), support staff, stage crew, ushers, house managers, concert hall owners, corporate sponsors, students (of instruments, composing, and whatnot), teachers (elementary music teachers, band/ choir/ orchestra directors), tour managers, copyright specialists and administrators, lawyers, the various representations of the union. Performers are a tiny part of that and everyone must fulfill their role for everything to run smoothly.
It’s easy to forget that performers are a tiny part of the broader ecosystem. In order for everyone to thrive, everyone must help each other. Musical entrepreneurs see all these connections and potential relationships, and they maximize the benefits and returns by letting, encouraging, and persuading each person to do what they do best to the best of their ability. By fostering relationships and making sure everyone fills their roles, musical entrepreneurs feed the ecosystem. Isn’t it better to contribute to the ecosystem than to needlessly and selfishly cling to our own areas and shrinking the ecosystem? The world is desperate for more soul-nourishing music, and we need people like you to help provide it.