If you look at how many scoring stages have been closed lately in LA it seems to be obvious that film and TV orchestras don't seem to have the brightest future.
On the other hand film and TV orchestra are only a small part of the orchestra business. In Germany we have 133 professional orchestras that are funded by public money:
- 84 theatre orchestras
- 30 concert orchestras
- 12 radio and radio symphonic orchestras
- 4 radio big bands
- 7 chamber orchestras
... plus the non-public funded orchestras. Plus project orchestras. Plus amateur- and semi-amateur orchestras that augment their lines by professionals.
And we have
ONE (read: ONE)
film orchestra (Babelsberg).
It may sound strange to some around these forums but there is a musical world outside of film music
Maybe some helpful soul could post the according numbers for other countries like US or UK?