Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Should the Government Fund Artists?

I recently came across and article that said the government would increase funds for emerging artists. Have we stopped to ask if artists should be government funded in the first place?

The reality is that we are swimming in art. Everywhere we look, there's a car, a billboard or an item that was designed by an artist. This stiff competition is what makes it difficult for new, emerging, artists to make a name for themselves.

The free market work as follow: Provide value and you shall get paid. If an artist is not able to live off of his work, then he is not able to produce anything that others find valuable. Why should they receive any compensation? Are there any other field of work where someone gets government compensation for not providing value?
Compensation, with no value provided, sounds like employment insurance to me.

"It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life."
-Captain Jean Luc Picard

Everyone is an artist to some extend. This post is not meant to discourage but to challenge the artist. Do what ever it takes to make it even if you have to work some menial job in the process. Eventually, maybe, people will understand your art and see the value in it.

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