The American ‘National Endowment for the Arts’ has published a Survey of Public Participation in the Arts for 2012. The figures show that attendance declined for traditional cultural forms – theater, museums and classical concerts – between 2008, the previous survey period, and 2012. Classical music audiences declined from 9.3 percent of adults in 2008 to 8.8 percent in 2012. They also grew older: Adults ages 35 to 54 reduced their attendance while those 65 and up participated at the highest levels (in 2008, the 55-plus crowd accounted for 33.5 percent of audiences; in 2012 they were 36 percent).

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