To the editor,
I read with interest your cover story on the lack of philanthropic activity among the great American media moguls (“Tightwad Titans,” Variety, March 28-April 3). For those of us working in the not-for-profit arts community, this revelation is even more depressing than it may be to our colleagues in other charitable sectors.
The not-for-profit cultural world is in essence the creative seeding ground for many artists that cross over into the for-profit world. For example, directors Julie Taymor and Sam Mendes and choreographer Twyla Tharp all have successful commercial careers launched from the nonprofit world.
Then there are the thousands of great film actors who cut their teeth on not-for-profit stages and return to them regularly in order to appear in more challenging work.
The not-for-profit cultural sector needs donors who understand the everlasting value and excitement of art. We are your farm team! Government and corporate support have been declining steadily since 9/11. Support from individuals and companies that are theoretically sympathetic to the cause would not only be welcome but a good business decision.
Karen Brooks Hopkins
Brooklyn Academy of Music