What does the future hold for composers?
We've seen a lot of changes lately, primarily brought about by technology, as you're all aware. This, as you are also aware, has changed the perceived value of music in some peoples eyes - shrinking budgets, tighter deadlines, pressure to give up rights on backend.
At the same time, we see more opportunity for people to get involved, deepening the 'talent pool', and we now have the ability to work remotely, outside of the major centers. There are more opportunities to produce work, get your work out there, and be heard. But there is more competition, a weakening of the value of music by desperate or malinformed composers. Also, more channels, more opportunities to get film/tv programming also means less advertising dollars to go around...
What does the 'new' composer look like? Nowadays, we are expected to be midi- and synth-programmers, music engineers, orchestrators, etc., delivering finished products entirely within the digital domain, so things have changed a lot already. Given the state of the music business, will there need to be an unprecendented revolution of the paradigm, a need for adaptation? Will we see ourselves having to bring in income from many different types of sources, and be completely diversified? Is being just a composer for film, film/tv, tv, enough anymore/for much longer?
We seem to be on a precipice between massive upheaval, and incredible, wide-open opportunity. What do you think?