Sunday, June 16, 2019

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Funding Agencies, Corporate

Among the few things all current Canadian governments agree on is that Canadians shouldn’t continue to expect cultural funding from the public sector, and that they should seek alternate funding. They recommend, not always euphemistically, that artists learn to beg for this from the corporate sector’s Funding Agencies. Never mind that so long as the corporate sector in Canada consists of branch plants of offshore multinationals, “alternate funding” has roughly the chance of a snowball in hell. Corporate branch plants suck profits out for their shareholders, not redistribute them to surly natives, and their Funding Agencies, by their actions, make it clear that if they want to hear people in branch plant countries like Canada playing violins, they’ll wait till they’re working the street corners with a monkey and a tin cup.

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