Over the past year I have looked at the question of how to build a more resilient arts economy that supplies a living wage for independent creators. I believe the solution is building commissioning families around creators' bodies of work. The people in these families know how powerful the arts can be. People who are looking to step into a deeper, more personal, more thrilling arts experience. I think there is a new kind of music lover out there who wants to erase the divide between creators and fans and become an equal partner in the creation of the arts. I think there is also a way for commissions to be a bit like collecting a new work of visual art - limited pressings of compact discs or vinyl, beautiful scores suitable for framing, signed sketch pages, the chance to sponsor performances. There are so many reasons I think people want to commission new work from living creators - gifts, holidays, birthdays, weddings, or just for fun! I think there is a bold new world here that we can build together that can build a thriving arts economy and supply artists with a living wage from their work.
I'm really excited to build an 'arts village' - people who want a closer relationship with adventurous new postclassical music - music that crosses the intersections of art music, indie rock, opera, musical theater. It doesn't take lavish sums of money to be a part of this, only a passion for the arts. I hope you will consider being a part of my 'village'! If you are interested in pursuing this relationship, just reach out to email@example.com!
For more information about this, as well as other artists who support these relationships, visit awencreative.org!