Music Sponsorship in America

In Germany, music is largely funded with tax money, but private sponsorship is catching up. In the United States, music institutions have always relied heavily on private donors, as government substitution is only marginal. Is America a good role model for Germany, or are private sponsors likely to assume inappropriate influence on the contents of the arts? Georg Hirsch gathered competent opinions of people who live and work in America. Comments are given by American composer Elliott Carter, American conductor George Hanson, the German music director of the New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur, the German manager at the Carnegie Hall, Franz Xaver Ohnesorg, German-born and California-based philanthropist Peter Preuss, and the American philanthropist Alberto Vilar.

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