Toronto Jazz Festival 2008
Throughout history, music survived on patronagefrom church and state. Hundreds of years ago, kings and queens, princes and princesses commissioned works of music. The church continues its slow and steady patronage. More recently, the not-for-profit foundations stepped in and in several instances helped artists, especially jazz artists, create memorable works. Guggenheim, the Kennedy and Lincoln Centers are the new patrons. But their reliance is on donations. So is it time for the new statethe Capitalist Corporationto step in? If what TD Canada Trust is doing in Canada is any indication, thisalthough not a new phenomenonhas certainly set things in motion. Too bad about the price of oil and of commodities like grain, which has also led fans to make some ugly choices and supporter/investors to look at options other than jazz clubs.