Why is it important to support artists? // ¿Por qué es importante apoyar a los artistas? [English - Spanish]

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[Spanish] ¿Por qué es importante apoyar a los artistas?

Hace un tiempo me hice este planteo, ¿Por qué es importante apoyar a los artistas? Yo soy músico y pertenezco a la mal llamada "Industria del entretenimiento", es por eso que cada tanto me paro a pensar sobre las injusticias y la estigmatizacion que hay para con el trabajo del músico o de los artistas en general.
Bien, el planteo es el siguiente: La música está en todos lados, entonces ¿Por qué en vez de apoyar a los músicos se los ignora? Cada vez que tengo que comprar un encordado para la guitarra, estaño para arreglar cables, cables, piezas varias, equipos, auriculares, etc... me pongo a pensar sobre la constante pérdida que es trabajar de músico, horas de ensayo, grabaciones, mezclas, masterizaciones, costos de producción, pagarle a los distribuidores, alquilar equipos de sonido y un largo etcétera. Todo esto con la sumatoria de que los dueños de los bares no quieren pagarnos por tocar ahí, por lo que tenemos que recurrir a las entradas que nosotros mismos tenemos que vender a pulmón, esas entradas por lo general van destinadas al costo de los equipos de sonido, porque los dueños del bar tampoco se hacen cargo de eso, lo único que hacen es disfrutar de las ganancias que les dejamos nosotros con el falso discurso de que nos dejaron vender entradas, a veces ni siquiera son capaces de darnos una pequeña consumición por haber brindado un show ahí.
La única salida que hay es poner dinero de nuestros bolsillos para absolutamente todo, dinero que seguramente hayamos ganado con trabajos que poco tienen que ver con la música, o dando clases de nuestro instrumento principal.
Todos estos problemas nos aquejan con la sumatoria de que la sociedad tampoco aporta a los trabajos de los músicos, pero los disfrutan de todos modos, cada disco que sale, cada canción y cada EP son disfrutadas por las personas gratuitamente. Para que se den una idea les voy a comentar cuanto cuesta grabar un EP.

En Madrid: 5 canciones = 500 euros (558,88 dólares)
En Buenos Aires: 5 canciones = 80.000 pesos (830 dólares)

En mi ciudad (Esquel) es más barato porque los productores y estudios de grabación tampoco suelen ganar mucho ya que dependen del trabajo de los músicos que es prácticamente nulo, pero grabar 5 cancione cuesta aproximadamente 500 dólares.

Hoy en día la industria se las arregló para que los músicos ganen lo menos posible, antes al menos se empastaban los discos y se vendían en físico, hoy en día digitalmente es todo gratis, a menos que alguien quiera donar al artista, cosa que casi nunca sucede.

Entonces ¿Por qué es importante apoyar a los músicos? Si no apoyamos a los músicos nos quedamos sin música, triunfa la industria, la esencia del arte se pierde cada vez más, es bueno apoyar el arte de sus localidades o de músicos independientes que se encuentran por internet, detrás de cada obra que escuchan hay un trabajo creativo y muy costoso de llevarlo a la realidad, tampoco se solicita que apoyen cualquier cosa que no les guste, pero si compran entradas, donan, compran discos o simplemente difunden nuestros trabajos están siendo de mucha ayuda.

Todo esto no solo aplica a la música, si no a todo el arte.

[English] Why is it important to support artists?

Some time ago I asked myself this question: Why is it important to support artists? I am a musician and I belong to the so called "Entertainment Industry", that's why every now and then I stop to think about the injustices and stigmatization that exist for the work of the musician or artists in general.
Well, the question is the following: Music is everywhere, so why are musicians ignored instead of being supported? Every time I have to buy a string for the guitar, tin to fix wires, cables, various parts, equipment, headphones, etc ... I start thinking about the constant loss that is working as a musician, hours of rehearsal, recording, mixing, mastering, production costs, paying distributors, renting sound equipment and a long etcetera. All this with the addition that the owners of the bars do not want to pay us to play there, so we have to resort to the tickets that we have to sell ourselves to lung, those tickets usually go to the cost of sound equipment, because the owners of the bar are not responsible for that either, all they do is enjoy the profits that we leave them with the false speech that let us sell tickets, sometimes they are not even able to give us a small drink for having given a show there.
The only way out is to put money from our pockets for absolutely everything, money that surely we have earned with jobs that have little to do with music, or giving lessons of our main instrument.
All these problems afflict us with the addition that society also does not contribute to the work of musicians, but they enjoy them anyway, every album that comes out, every song and every EP are enjoyed by people for free. To give you an idea of how much it costs to record an EP.

In Madrid: 5 songs = 500 euros (558,88 dollars)
In Buenos Aires: 5 songs = 80.000 pesos (830 dollars)

In my city (Esquel) it's cheaper because the producers and recording studios don't usually earn much either, since they depend on the work of the musicians, which is practically null, but recording 5 songs costs approximately 500 dollars.

Nowadays the industry has managed to make the musicians earn as little as possible, before at least the albums were at least packaged and sold in physical form, nowadays digitally everything is free, unless someone wants to donate to the artist, which is almost never the case.

So why is it important to support musicians? If we do not support musicians we are left without music, the industry triumphs, the essence of art is increasingly lost, it is good to support the art of their localities or independent musicians who are found on the internet, behind every work you hear there is a creative work and very expensive to bring it to reality, nor is requested to support anything you do not like, but if you buy tickets, donate, buy records or simply spread our work are being very helpful.

All this not only applies to music, but to all art.

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