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Free concerts?

What do you imagine would happen if a chamber group, for example, offered concerts free of charge? Do you think that would attract more people? Would they bring their kids? Why?

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    Apr 30 2014: I can't see where free could ever hurt. Is there anyone who wouldn't go to a show if it were free, whereas they would go to the same show if it cost? Personally whether it costs is not the biggest consideration for me, it's whether I want to see the thing, but for people who don't have much money making it free might attract them.
  • Apr 29 2014: Hi Dear marilyn,I think being an artist,the most important is to be aware:it is all around gives artists inspiration to get talents.So feedback some of artists have,it must be artists' resposibility for that,otherwise I don't think any artist can be better,do you think so?

    Once I suggested my students who were going to study arts at universities,I told them to sing,to dance,to read for people in the parks,but they didn't understand how important it is,they just focus on performancing in the halls,theaters,performance in front of vip to get high scores...hope someday they can understand how important to perform for passing by...
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    Apr 26 2014: Interesting question.

    I think, they have to attract attention on them, through the media, or to make some career first, AND THEN become free. Than will be, more old people, parents and children, youth... Everybody will be interested :)
  • Apr 26 2014: Las Vegas City and County has sponsored free concerts at a outdoor amphitheater for years very successfully. They also sponsor street parties in the business district to promote small business and they also have music and food stands along with sidewalk merchandise stands and it brings lots of customers to the area. Honolulu also sponsors free concerts during lunch hour outside in the mall area in the business district. Both promote local bands and some are extremely talented and some are know nationally.
  • Apr 25 2014: Pop music is popular because you can sing and dance and drink and drive along to it and the artists can make it pay because they only have to share the profits among a few of them - 4 Beatles, 3 Degrees, 1 King of Rock and Roll, 100-piece orchestra!
    • Apr 25 2014: thanks for your response, Rodrigo.
      My impression is that rock concerts cost a whole lot of money to put on.
      But, that aside: what do you think about the future of classical music?

      And, let's talk about a chamber quartet or quintet. (They cost less, and they don't require guards).
      Who will take those seats in 10 years?
      How come Europeans show up at these concerts with their kids?
      • Apr 26 2014: ... - and Pop can be electrically amplified to audiences that fill sports stadiums. And recorded, too. (And both, recorded then amplified, to filled stadiums.) Let's talk about "unplugged." How many acoustic concert halls and open-air amphitheaters, 'unplugged stadiums', in Europe? N.America?

        People get bored and the average age is getting older. "There's no money in it" for "unplugged" but volunteers cost nothing. The future of classical music is a "labour of love" and always "live" and unplugged! - a quintet or quartet or big voice with piano, like Adele, playing to a 100 or so gathered around, indoors or outdoors, or 100-volunteer orchestra/opera (with very big voices - is Adele's voice big enough for opera?) performing to a concert hall/amphitheater - ticket prices to pay for the venue, only.

        Always unplugged!
      • Apr 26 2014: ... and when we get bored with our latest favourite Pop record, the radio starts playing another one, over and over again, for free (but there's adverts unless it's the BBC.)
      • Apr 28 2014: I followed the Grateful Dead for many years, starting in 1966. I can say that the concerts in the 60's were pretty small and cheap but the music was fantastic.
  • Apr 21 2014: The last conversation on this topic was closed by the time I saw it. Gotta move fast in this crowd.
    In it, folks were bemoaning the small audiences for classical music. Even to the point of measuring
    a classical music concert as a good, or a bad, place to pick up chicks. I'm 75 and don't care about picking up chicks, but I do wonder who's going to fill those seats after my time in them.