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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Reason #7 - Arts can't rely on government anymore.

Comments on reason #7 - A lot has been said about the proposed national budget that would potentially get rid of the National Endowment for the Arts. Whether or not the government *should* support the arts is easy: of course it should. But arts organizations can't rely on government to pay its bills, because of the volatile nature of politics. Your personal arts champion will eventually leave or be voted out of office, and the next guy will have a different opinion.
All the same, there's going to be a number of arts organizations that are hit hard by the proposed budget cuts. Where this comes home, is that these are the same organizations that *hire singers*, like myself. I and my colleagues will not be able to support our families, because the scant few gigs that are available to us are about to get even fewer, and we all know that there's always more singers available than there are gigs.

This, of course, leads singers to seek out non-music work so that they can continue to eat. And that means that the music-loving public has less music to listen to.

Here's where Patreon.com steps in. Instead of paying higher taxes and then hoping the government will funnel a fraction of a percent of those taxes into the music you want to listen to, you can instead pay the artists directly. That way, they can continue making music for you and for everyone. They can continue being the artists that you need them to be, that we all need them to be.

It completely takes out the rolls-of-the-dice involved with political climates, and even whether or not a company will hire your particular favorite singer.

So when you support me by going to Patreon.com/singerreise and becoming a patron, you are reaffirming that the work that I do matters to you. That you think a world with Jonathan's music (and specifically Jonathan's Singerreise) is worth having.

Patron levels start at just $1 per month, so it's something everyone can do, not just the multimillionaires. If you like what I'm doing with Singerreise, then you have what it takes to be a patron. So please head to patreon.com/singerreise, and hit that "Become a Patron" button.

(Plus you get patron-exclusive rewards!)

Thanks for reading!

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