File puptcrit/puptcrit.0606, message 199

Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 17:27:52 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] survival tips

I said;
 >> If any of the artists you mentioned couldn't raise enough support for
 >> their work without government money, then there is a problem with 
their work.
Malgosia said;
 >There is a problem with the work of the New York Philharmonic?  ...
 >This costs a lot of money, and even if the hall is filled for every concert,
 >this does not pay the costs.

Note that on the original message, when I said "something is wrong 
with their work," I included both the art itself, and their ability 
to educate others about their art. (I am not sure if you were clear on that)

But, let me submit another example of an organization doing things at 
a similar scale to the Philharmonic, but without government 
money.  When I lived in Florida, I was a member of an organization 
which owned an auditorium seating about 2,500 (if I recall 
correctly). Part of its weekly events included orchestral music (no 
admission for that), and arts classes. And the arts offerings are 
only a small part of what it offers to the community. This 
organization is able to get along fine without government monies.

If the New York Philharmonic is as good and valuable as you say, then 
I would expect them to be able to attract the public support through 
donations, ticket sales, as well as CD's of their music.  Of course, 
I know nothing about the spending habits of the 
Philharmonic.  Sometimes money (for an organization or business 
department) is spent simply because it is available, and won't be 
available next year if they don't show they need the money.  I 
haven't heard a lot of complements about how well the government 
spends its money lately.

But, the above is not my focus... rather, it is that we shouldn't 
allow artists to be lax on their efforts to get others involved with 
their art form.  The organization I was a member of mostly relied on 
word-of-mouth, not an advertising budget, but cheap word of mouth to 
spread its message.

Joe Dunfee
Gordonville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 

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