Are Aesthetics and Business Antagonists?
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We analyze the problematic but very powerful alliance of artistic expressivity with its commercial framework. For a lot of artists, making money from their art can feel repulsive because (1) selling beauty seems like a contradiction, (2) it is unclear how monetary value can be assigned to an artistic work, and (3) the high art vs. low art, divine versus human paradigm. However, making money from composing is necessary. In this chapter, we will discuss what needs to change to make this more acceptable and look at examples of it working in the past. As artists, we need to remind ourselves that both making and selling are a part of a balanced equation of being a successful artist.
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