I think Chris Riemenschneider is a Genius

MinnesotaMusicians.jpgRemember the Legacy Amendment? I blogged about it back on October 11th. Well, it passed.

In today’s Star Tribune Local Music Columnist Chris Riemenschneider offered some suggestions on how to use it. As I said in the title of this post, I think the guy is a genius.

Chris points out that that the Minnesota music community is consistently the red-headed stepchild when it comes to funding of the arts. Yeah, let’s just leave it at the fact that the dance community, the theater crowd, and the visual arts army seem to have better connections than the boys and girls in the bands.

He figures that there should be about $54 million a year for the arts and suggests how some of it could be used to support local music. His suggestions include funding for underage venues and shows, health-care assistance for musicians, festivals promoting Minnesota music, scholarships for music education, and tax breaks for venues that offer live music.

I think Riemenschneider offers some brilliant ideas. Check ’em out and let me know what you think.

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