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Killer Assumptions about life in music

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1. GREAT MUSICAL ART CAN ONLY COME FROM COMPLETE FREEDOM THEREFORE ARTISTS SHOULD NOT BE PAID FOR THEIR WORK. Real Artists must be freed from the need to sellout for money.]

The root of this absurd killer assumption is the library on Utilitarian Economics that begins with Jeremy Bentham and J.S. Mill up through the American composer and Insurance man Charles Ives and down to the current attitudes of value found in Wall Street today.

The confusion of American culture around these issues throughout the history of the country has fostered chaos, lost musical lives and fostered cultural poverty in the United States.

Unlike the Economists and insurance man Charles Ives,

I believe that only if Artists are compensated monetarily can they be free to work. Artists make the sacrifice to provide the ideal of Mastery to the society where they live. They are also the repository of classical cultural knowledge in the society. It is the core principle of all education that Artists, (just as all other people do), need to eat and have time to practice.

Any worthwhile society will provide compensation based upon the value of the service and the complexity of the product. [We have counted the costs of this conflict and find nothing so dreadful as voluntary slavery. Thomas Jefferson] Thomas Jefferson was a violinist.

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