For art's sake
• The suggestion was recently made on the 'Pat Kenny Show', by those who support and those who oppose state funding of the arts, that a reasonable way to sponsor some of the arts in this country is to have them receive corporate funding. No, a thousand times no!
In every case that I have studied where corporate funding was received by a segment of the art world, what resulted was the dumbing down of that particular recipient. Why? Each was fearful to truly experiment and present the unpopular lest their corporate donor withdraw their funding.
And corporations do withdraw funding when and if the artist presents that which is highly controversial.