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In Reply to: RE: cheap concerts posted by michael22 on December 19, 2016 at 06:53:51
"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?
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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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