Pomplamoose and Making a Living as an Artist

Posted on 07 December 2014

Pomplamoose are heroes of mine. They are creative, smart, and deeply caring. They are doing all they can to make a living from their music with integrity. Recently they chose to be transparent about how they spent their crowdfunded dollars in order to go on tour. The response was unwarrantedly vitriolic.

This article does an excellent job of breaking down the situation and pointing out the ongoing flaws in people’s outlook concerning the arts.

The reality is that we’ve reduced American culture to a system of arbitrary donations and pats on the head. That isn’t sustainable. Corporate and trust funded music will survive, but will its message represent the diversity of our culture? No. And resentment is building – a resentment that is quite clear with the level of anger generated by just one mid-level band publishing just one article about the difficulty of surviving in the music business.

This resentment is something we have to take a long hard look at. We might think it comes from the idea that a tiny percentage of artists can get famous and filthy rich, or that others – despite financial struggles – have interesting and exciting lives where they perform and create while we’re stuck in a 9-5. But really, this resentment comes from the fact that when we devalue the arts, we devalue our own creative impulse.

~Sarah Manning, “The Pomplamoose Problem: Artists Can’t Survive as Saints and Martyrs

Peace and kindness,


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