GOOD ART DESERVES YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Last Friday was the release of hip hop’s most anticipated release of the year, Drake’s SCORPION. When SCORPION was released to digital retailers, I immediately purchased the album (not stream it, although I saved it on streaming platforms later for extra support), the point being when I deemed Drizzy’s project worthy of purchase, I did not hesitate to financially support.
Which brings me to my point good art deserves your financial support. Art is definitely subjective and when a person discovers good art that comes with a price tag a disconnect arises. People are quick to spend money on multiple trivial things but think almost twice as much before ever spending a dollar on “art”. Music is subject to illegal downloading, Small Businesses are subject to “can I get it for free”, and visual artists are stuck with the words “this is dope”.
If art is to continue to prosper, it will take the financial backing of the people who enjoy it on the daily basis. If we claim we like something we have to put our money where our mouth is. Much like Puff Daddy did when he purchased Kerry James Marshall painting for a whopping $21 Million, making it the highest selling piece by a living black artist.
It is time to stop withholding dollars towards the art community and start a surplus of funding because the financial backing will increase employment, decrease shenanigans, and add to the welfare of the planet by uniting people under a creative umbrella .