How to provide access to classical (i. e. artistic) music is a very interesting question nowadays, in the “digital era”. There is a real competition between the concert going experience (as it is something that happens at a particular time and space and which is engulfed in various social habits and practices) and the experience of listening to music at home (on digital supports such as CDs and DVDs or on YouTube and similar platforms). Musical content “online” can be used as a marketing tool (as a “sample” of the promised concert experience), but it can also be perceived as a “threat” since it is time consuming and satisfying in itself. However, it would be unfair to say that listening to music online is exclusively a “passive” experience since it can also be highly educational (for instance, a listener can compare various performances of a single music piece, including the vintage performances, and thus improve his knowledge and musical taste).When it comes to enabling digital access to the contents of BEMUS, such as creation of a video link for live broadcasts on our website, video and audio production and similar, infrastructural investments are necessary, as well as employment of skilled staff who would devote time to realizing this idea. For the moment, there is no money for this kind of investment. Another problem to consider in relation to the topic is the question of copyrights on the internet, which is a very sensitive and highly debated issue at the moment.
It is also necessary to mention that in Serbia for instance we do not have access to App Store and its iTunes, or any other similar service for legal music download (Qobuz etc). This throws a new light on the question of “access” to culture which is not something that should be taken for granted and considered as a universally given thing.