The Commercialization of Art and Why It is Bad for Art

The commercialization of art could be a means to support artists and talent but should not cloud the art itself or make it unattainable or undoable.

The Commercialization of Art and Why It is Bad for Art
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The commercialization of art, or the process of running or managing art principally for financial gain, is a phenomenon of the last few decades in sports and the arts. When art is commercialized and, in a sense, mass-produced with the intent to make money or to incur financial gain, then there is erosion in the quality and ethicality of producing such works of art.

The Commercialization of Football

The same can be seen in the sporting world where, in football, more and more leagues are cropping up as a way for federations to gain financially and run enterprises on the back of the sport. Art and talent should be nurtured in a way that is not so much concerned with the financial benefits they bring but rather with their impact on society, culture, and the world.

The Commercialization of Art and How It Has Led to the Erosion of Quality

The commercialization of art is very much a victim of the art of commercialization. When commercialization becomes so entrenched in our culture and business and society, there is a disconnect in the various motivations or incentivization that people have encouraging them to do their jobs. This means that more and more, we are all being forced or coerced to live our lives by the dollar and to work for the sole purpose of enriching ourselves.