28th February 2012
‘Oh, we can’t possibly leave funding of the arts up to the private sector. The government has to provide the money, otherwise the arts will languish and all of us artsy people will have to get real jobs.’
An interesting point made by Carl Franzen, looking at the continued growth of Kickstarter raising funds for content creators, is that the site is expected to surpass the amount of funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts this year. They’re expecting to break $150 million (this past year it was closer to $80 million), while the NEA has $146 million to give out. Obviously, there are all sorts of differences between the two, but as a milestone, it seems interesting and noteworthy.