The Ministry of Arts & Culture Should Protect Us

As artists, we are only valued for what we can contribute, not how we can sustain ourselves. The Ministry of Arts & Culture should protect us. So many artists die broke and it is not because they don’t have enough information it is because the arts aren’t prioritised and they need to be. Imagine a party without music, it wouldn’t be a party, right? So many people back away as soon as rights are mentioned, artists are being ripped off all the time, left, right and centre. 

(Monishia Schoeman aka Eavesdrop)

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3 responses to “The Ministry of Arts & Culture Should Protect Us

  1. I have to respectfully disagree. True, the ministry should be supporting artists, but at the same time it’s entirely possible for an artist to make money from their art without compromising the quality of their work. It takes hard work, networking, risks… but so does everything else.

    • hello Diaan,
      thank you for stopping by and thank you for taking the time to comment. Respectful disagreements are the best:-) I think you hit the nail on the head with “at the same time”. I think one needs both, support/protection and hard work, just like you said.

      I must admit that this is an answer to the question “should the government do more to protect artists copyright?” It is a question I ask all artists who are taking part in the project and it is very interesting to hear everyone’s opinion. I understand what Eavesdrop is saying and I think she is right but ja, I also agree with you; everything takes hard work, networking, risk and so does being in the creative industry. Without wanting to put words in Eacesdrop mouth i have a feeling that she wouldn’t disagree with you either; she’s doing it all! 🙂

      Again thank you for stopping by, had a look at your site; great work, beautiful sense of light and great taste in music:-)

  2. In answer to the question “Should the government do more to protect artists copyright?” my answer is a definite No. No thank you!

    As an artist I want no part in driving the governments of the world in a direction that leads only to censorship and other limitations on human action and creativity.

    We are all intelligent enough, if we only try, to work with the current emerging distribution model and use it to our benefit. Looking towards the government for protection is folly.

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