Funding and the Arts

Published 6 years and 16 days ago on Theatre Profile

Money is a funny thing.

Everyone thinks art, specifically your project, is a great idea, until it comes to how you pay for it.  Maybe that is the case for everything.  When money isn’t involved, everything can be created and loved by all.  

G and I spent a few weeks working on our Indiegogo campaign.  Before that, we spent a good couple of months on our Arts Council grant.  It was a real chore and a miracle squeezing in replies to the Arts Council questions in 100 words or less.  Not only were they circumspect in the number of words, they were also circumspect about the money that was handed out.  And so it goes.

Funding for the arts is one of those controversial things.  In times of great need and great depression, do we still fund the arts?  Who should fund the arts? Do we need the arts at all?  

I look around at society today, and in short, yes, is the answer.  Sure, the bankers and lawyers (I was one myself not so long ago), accountants and doctors, they are the ones making the big bucks.  Still.  Does that mean they are the true contributors to society, living a meaningful and well spent life?  Apart from the doctors, I would say that there are more jokes about bankers, lawyers and accountants than any other profession (maybe only trumped by estate agents!).  I look around, reflecting on my culture (I am Chinese) and realise that what I associate with my culture, my race, are the music, books, art, movies, plays, dance, what we would call, basically, the arts.  I find that they are so interwoven into who we are as a race, a culture, a personality.  I don’t remember the lawyers, accountants, bankers or estate agents, but I do remember the artists and their work.  I think the human race is defined by music, art, dance, books - what we listen to, what we read, what we see and like.  Basically, an expression of who we are.

Therein lies the chance to blend.  Blend one culture with another, influences that come with travel, experiencing, viewing, seeing, and being touched by another, another individual, genre, artist, a song on the radio, a visit to an exhibition.  Who knows where the road lies and what may come of it.  Ai Weiwei to exhibit at the Tate Modern would have been unheard of 10 years ago.  Yayoi Kusama at MoMa, Amy Tan, highly acclaimed first generation Asian American writer.  

So we try here at Theatre Profile.  Combining technology with our love for the arts, making it more accessible, fuelling and feeding the audience’s love for the arts, opening the arts world, helping artists bring their work to the people who need to see it.  Art is only valuable when people experience it.  

In turn, we hope with this accessibility, more art will be made - more dancers, more choreographers, more musicians, more writers, more technology inspired art, new art forms to emerge and be explored, older art forms forgotten can find a new audience.  Maybe it is a tall order, but it is a legacy, yours, mine, theirs.  

And we hope that Theatre Profile encourages this, and plays its part in it. 

We need your support so that we can support all the artists out there who need us.

Fund us at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/where-theatre-comes-together 

We may not have our funding yet but we do want to support two artists who are working to bring their dreams to life.  If we are not the programme for you to support think about giving these two a few dollars to help them get started.

Back to Berlin: A New Look at the Music of Irving Berlin - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1201386717/back-to-berlin-a-new-look-at-the-music-of-irving-b

Sound Vision (Film) - http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sound-vision



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