Art for the Masses? Justification for the Public Support of the Arts in Developing Countries – Two Arts Festivals in South Africa

  title={Art for the Masses? Justification for the Public Support of the Arts in Developing Countries – Two Arts Festivals in South Africa},
  author={J. D. Snowball},
  journal={Journal of Cultural Economics},
  • J. Snowball
  • Published 1 May 2005
  • Economics
  • Journal of Cultural Economics
In the New South Africa, as in other developing countries, the equitable distribution of public resources is a priority. The case for public support of the arts is thus difficult to make because it has been shown and borne out by South African research, that arts audiences tend to represent the better educated, more prosperous minority of society, not the majority of the very poor, mainly African-origin population. Using data from willingness to pay studies conducted at two South African arts… 
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