Can Money and Art Fairly Mix?
I’ve yet to read an article that fully depicts the quandary that artists face in what’s supposed to be a rebounding economy. But I think I’ve become resolute as to why, and glad David Burne is speaking out.
The science of business is to study the patterns of humans, what drives them, and then charge a fee at the door to let them experience it.
True art is the expression of the intangible, with no secret agendas and complete vulnerability (often what silently drives us). Making business/capitalism and art polar opposites.
Seems it takes almost a miracle to mix the two.
At the end of the night, the performer waves thank you with a smile. While the gratitude and joy are sincere, and you feel your $ was well spent, you’ll be taking Uber home, while the artist drives themselves, guitar in tow, to their next gig in hopes of making rent.
You can buy a logo over the internet for less than $20 and get it the same day. It should take 3 months. You can stream music for free. Albums can take years and tears to make. But what does your lawyer charge for 30 minutes of legal advice? And your doctor for keeping you in the waiting room for an hour?
I have to rest in knowing that ’forunately’ the universe operates in unyielding certainty, and we find that what you put into something, you get out. And a quiet fairness reveals itself.
If that feeling as a child, when we overhear our mom or dad talk to their friends about how proud they are of us… that validation, that goodness… if that is the ideal that we’ll forever be seeking from others, then thankfully the artist sometimes gets to experience this from an entire amphitheater of believers. A powerful state to be in. One in which the businessman may never know — through good works, the expressed reciprocity of oneness that is the human experience. Now if they can just get paid.