Wednesday, June 4, 2008
An article in the New York Times describes different approaches to funding the arts in Europe and in the U.S. In Europe public (government) support is expected, and arts organizations can rely on government funding. Asking corporations and rich people for donations is still somewhat unseemly in Europe, and donors who do contribute in Europe do so without tax deductions. The article then describes the success of a performing arts nonprofit in Germany, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, one that operates without government subsidies.