Amanda Palmer: “Artists Have Always Needed To Fund Themselves”
"Asking for money is generally considered shameful in the art and music world... this cultural ideal about artists and how they shouldn't touch money because it strips away the integrity of their art. But that's obviously bullshit, especially if you look throughout history and see that artists have ALWAYS needed to fund themselves and their work creatively, sneakily, with gusto and with shamelessness.
The only mistake I think I've made is not making the connection sooner....I think I was still living in the delusion... that we, as major-label-artists, would get to live on the Special Cloud of Art without Commerce.
If I'd been thinking ahead, I would have been training and educating our audience form the very start to support us directly.
- Amanda Palmer interview with Mike Masnick of Techdirt