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What incentives are we ignoring?
As well and artistically fantastic as subsidization is (through direct patronage or tax relief), it harms our organization and system because it severely weakens or removes several feedback flows necessary to a stable structure.
-the oscillations of ticket sales do not provide a reinforcing loop to performance decisions (when, where, what, marketing)
-the constant stock of free labor serves to reinforce the dangerous growth of itself, of unpaid labor
-the reasons companies collapse are ignored because of ease of new company creation
Yes, artistic growth can be hampered by the vagaries of market forces inclining artists to make comfortable choices.
But it is also stymied by an inefficient support structure that is incapable of properly responding to market forces.
Too little of a good thing is as problematic as too much.