The Good Old Days
It's tempting to look back on the classical era as the "good old days" of lavish music funding, but we should probably pause first and consider who the modern Esterházys would be.
From The Economist:
"Congolese musicians have to survive from patronage, like Mozart in 18th-century Vienna but with even more flamboyant clothes.
"The politicians are happy with this arrangement. In a country where almost nobody reads newspapers and everyone has a radio, music is the easiest way for them to reach potential supporters."