Pandemic and Artist


It is not right to sacrifice the problems of which we do not know the past, to the conditions of the day.

Of course, it is true that the industry has come to the point of extinction, but was everything fine before the epidemic? I had the opportunity to meet and listen to young artists as well as the leading names of the industry on the occasion of the recital hall, which I was both the investor and operator of in 2017-18.

One of the biggest problems of artists is the shortage of venues to perform. Private/public supported institutions such as Bilkent Symphony and CSO can continue on their way with special programs for themselves and their orchestras, but independent artists cannot benefit from this luxury (!).

When I was a business manager, I received calls from young musicians just to be able to perform without any payment demands. The rule is simple; states do not make money from art, nor can they expect such a thing, but this rule cannot be said for private investors. Expenses such as taxes and venue rent make the job difficult. This situation forces the operator to work in makeshift houses and in difficult conditions.

The situation is no different for professional musicians. The small revenue of the halls, which were not filled before the pandemic, condemned the names with respected academic titles in front of their names to inconsiderable amounts. The argument "We were able to give a good or bad concert again, now it doesn't exist" is right, but the pandemic is temporary, the problems I shared above are permanent. In that case, it is necessary to deal with the present immediately, and to analyze the future carefully and to seek solutions to the problems that have always existed.

Robert Schumann's mother, J. Christiane, explained her concerns about “income and livelihood” in a letter she wrote to the famous pedagogue of the time and father of Clara Schumann (Wieck) F. Wieck for the musical education of her son. Wieck's answer is pretty straightforward:

“A piano virtuoso, famous or not, can only make a living by giving private lessons”

Supporting the artist during the pandemic is vital for society and the arts. Connecting the whole picture to the pandemic is meddlesome. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism should have a more important agenda than issuing certificates to restaurants, cafes and accommodation facilities.

I don't know if Kadrolu's salt is dry, but to emphasize the importance of amateur artists, my article was dated May 1, 1853. The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular I would like to conclude by translating the conclusion part of the article titled "Musical Progress" published in the Turkish publication:

“Young and amateur artists have to have a beginning, and it is reasonable to assume that if a start is made for music and art to rise to the top, there is no going back in art because experience develops taste, broadens the horizon of reasoning. We advocate the establishment of amateur societies with improved goals and conditions. It must be recognized that both its professors and the public will benefit equally from the development of such a difficult art as music.”


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