Supporting the Arts:
Everybody loves art and music, and everybody supports “the arts,” including music. Oh wait, do they support musicians? uh, sure why not? Does that mean they pay them? What? No! Those people need day jobs - music is a hobby! An administrator with a local large classical music organization said recently “Portlanders are great at saying they support musicians, and lousy at paying them.” One venue we met with, whose motto is “Long Live Art,” told us that Fair Trade Music “deeply and personally offended” them.