Mudcat Café message #867559 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #55642   Message #867559
Posted By: Ron Olesko
15-Jan-03 - 01:26 PM
Thread Name: Mudcat CD's on WFDU
Subject: RE: Mudcat CD's on WFDU
As we were saying above Stephen, from corporations and foundations.

We like to refer to ourselves as "grass roots", but realistically most art enterprises are "grass roots". The Coca Cola's of the world will give money to groups whose profile is just as high, but they tend to avoid anything labeled "folk".   I realize this is a very generic statement and there are probably exceptions, but whenever you see a "folk" festival the sponsor's tend to be a Ben & Jerry's or a Land's End. These are good companies, but they are not the Fortune 500. Also, the larger endowment grants "seem" to be given to fund jazz or dance programs.

Perhaps it is just better organization on the part of these other groups. I don't think I will ever see the day where GE sponsors the Newport Folk Festival. Then again, I doubt our audience would want to support a GE Folk Festival!