How to Feed a Starving Artist
Post #790 • May 17, 2006, 8:40 AM • 10 Comments
A small-l libertarian talks about big-A Art and posits an assertion you don't hear at all, really, in the art world: that the American system of arts subsidies is better than the one in Europe.
That being said, the American government does, indirectly encourage our arts by giving tax breaks for donations to non-profits. I think the American system tends to be better because it involves more competition, more commercialism and there's greater room for innovation. Governments are notorious for being quite conservative. And Western Europe now is in a position where its governments face fiscal crisis because of aging populations, and European Union regulations. And they're having to cut arts funding. But Europeans are finding it harder to get private sector support because they're not used to the idea.
An interesting analysis of the arts in a free-market economy. Tyler Cowen teaches economics at George Mason University and recently published Good and Plenty: The Creative Successes of American Arts Funding.