It takes a lot of planning and creative effort to successfully present a public concert, and hogaku is no exception.

The production and management companies which assist in arranging and publicizing concerts are the equivalent of corporate marketing directors. No matter how qualified the product, it is their efforts and abilities which determine whether or not the public becomes aware of and appreciates the product. For good or bad, marketing largely determines the product's outcome, and proper promotion can make the difference between a musician becoming well known or remaining in the backwaters.

The pop-music industry is, of course, vitally aware of this, as the success of this genre rests primarily upon market hype and the dictates of fashion rather than anything to do with artistic depth or ability.