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Monday, November 28, 2005

Quote of the Day

"Those raising ethical questions about the gift [of $100 million] to the Yale School of Music should first put the dollar amount in perspective. Private and corporate donors in America have to compensate for the government's negligible support of the fine arts. In 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts gave out grants totaling just over $100 million. In France, in recent years, the state subsidy for the Paris Opera alone has averaged roughly the same amount."

- from Anthony Tommasini's excellent opinion piece about the recent anonymous mega-donation to fully fund all Yale music grad students. Of great import to all areas of arts training and funding.

Another highlight: "Though I live with a doctor, I get tired of hearing people go on about the arduous road medical students tread to their chosen profession: years of training, boot-camp internships, mounds of debt. Yes, yes. But at the end of that road, a definite reward awaits. Compare this with the slog faced by young musicians, who pursue advanced degrees with no guarantee that their schooling will lead to a paying position." Amen.

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