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In Reply to: RE: First Two Acoustic Sounds Tape Releases posted by Myles B. Astor on December 17, 2016 at 07:12:03
It seems to me $450 is a lot of money to spend on what is, after all, just a recording. $100, for example, will buy me a year subscription (8 concerts) to the Knoxville Symphony. Or, as another example, $100 would buy two seats to a Berlin Philharmonic concert. I can hardly imagine even listening to one of these tapes, no less owning one. What does seem practical, however, would be for ten or so audio enthusiasts to get together and buy one of these tapes, then pass it around. Or, for the company itself to 'rent' the tape rather than sell it.
If I could get 8 concerts for $100 I wouldn't even bother owning any recorded classical music! That is an incredible price. Are the musicians all volunteer, or do they just operate at a loss? The price for season tickets in Raleigh the last time I bought them was about 6 or 7 times that much, and that was 8 years ago.
First, I should say that Knoxville is a mecca for live music of all kinds. The University of Tennessee has a completely free music series that features both students and guest artists. This is funded by the state and private donations. Then there's the Big Ears festival in March. Google it to get the details. A 4-day weekend pass is about $200. In recent years it has featured the likes of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Laurie Anderson, the Kronos Quartet, Wilco, and many other pop, rock, jazz and 'crossover' artists, known and unknown. The Symphony itself is subsidized by the city, state and federal governments. While regular subscriptions cost $500 or so, there are a limited number available at $100. There are also individual tickets at $12. We have an Americana radio station WDVX with free daily performances by local and visiting artists. It goes on and on ... so, yes, one could easily do without recorded music.
"The University of Tennessee has a completely free music series that features both students and guest artists. This is funded by the state and private donations."
"The Symphony itself is subsidized by the city, state and federal governments."
Some people have a different view of "free" and "cheap" than others.
Last time I looked, government only took money from people, and then redistributed it. They don't actually produce money - well, except in the sense that they print it. So, ALL of the money the government spends/distributes is "other people's money", which the government has forcibly taken from them. Certainly, we all understand that, right?
Most of these events are subsidized by tax monies, enabling no- or low-cost admission charges. It should be mentioned, too, that Tennessee has the highest average combined state and local sales tax rates in the US.
As a musician who has played in both a "big band" jazz band and a concert band "wind symphony", I understand that. Both of them receive funding from local governments. However, that doesn't make them free or cheap - the cost is simply moved to somewhere else (via taxes) where it's less obvious.
I don't have any disagreement with the concept of government subsidizing the arts, but the moment someone files a lawsuit alleging that their neighborhood hip-hop group is being discriminated against subsidy-wise, things will get very complicated very quickly.
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