Without the Archbishop of Salzburg we may never have heard of Mozart. Without the sponsorship of Pope Julius would we know of Michelangelo? Since time immemorial the greatest contribution a rich person could make to society was to sponsor artists. The greatest accolade must go to the patrons of the arts without whom there would be no art.
The beauty of the modern world is that everyone can now rise to the lofty heights. Anyone can become a patron of the arts thanks to the Crowdfunding movement.
Here is a perfect example. The Randomer A movie being filmed in Dublin, Ireland. For as little as $10 you can become a backer to the project. You get to become a creator, an owner of a piece of Cinema. You can build a legacy.
That may sound a little grand, but think about it for a while. John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, built a palace a Blenheim, and created a legacy which turned up Winston Churchill to lead Britain to victory in WW2. A legacy is more about values than wealth. It is a way to educate your children and grand children about the values prized by you and your peers.
You may not be able to build Blenheim palace, but you can have a movie poster on your wall. You can say to your grandchildren, “That movie was made because of my contribution”. The money is different, but the message is just as compelling.
Best of all is the personal buzz you get from becoming a patron. The money you contribute gives you a warm fuzzy feeling. The more you give the longer the feeling lasts. So think no further, get funding now! Put your name in lights, or be anonymous, the choice is yours. Be a part of something great!
And now I give you a poem from one of the greatest artists in history, both in and out of the ring. Mohammed Ali, poet laureate of the boxing ring, used this short poem to express the ability of the individual to stand up and make a change that carries all the people. On this St Patrick’s Day it is worth remembering that he inherited some of his gift of the gab from his Irish Great Grandfather, Abe Grady, from Ennis in Co. Clare.
A poem by Muhammad Ali: