While there is room to dispute the data collection methodology of Nielsen’s 2014 Year-End Report, the message ought to be clear: without active measures from musicians, educators, school administrators, community jazz organizations, and various public trusts…jazz will eventually go away.
“According to Nielsen‘s 2014 Year-End Report, jazz is continuing to fall out of favor with American listeners and has tied with classical music as the least-consumed music in the U.S., after children’s music.*
Both jazz and classical represent just 1.4% of total U.S. music consumption a piece. However, Classical album sales were higher for 2014, which puts Jazz at the bottom of the barrel.”