Under this system, unfortunately, very, very few artists were subsidised. And artists had to provide what their patrons wanted, not necessarily what they themselves wanted. Patronage was more equitable to the artist in the early 20th century, I thought, when the nouveau r…
There is always a catch, isn’t there?
It reminds of the band Supertramp who were initially bankrolled by a Dutch millionaire. He eventually withdrew his patronage when their first couple of albums didn’t become hits. Afterwards they actually did hit it big. It’s a crazy world.