as the austin crew go to meeting this week with SXSW i've been curious about one factor that has come up on some of the 'FS' threads:
what exactly is the animosity about having a corperate sponsor?
this is an honest question. if someone had a specific beef about an individual company ( " smoking is bad " , " they promote child labor in 3rd world nations" , " they hit me with an unlawful 'cease-and-decist' order when i was clearly in my 1st amendment rights " ) i could understand and possibly support their point of view. unfortunetly it just seems right now that if any corperation steps up with any support it is automatically viewed, by some, as 'evil blood-money'.
i truly have NO problem with a corporate sponsor. i thought it was great last year, raised visibility, brought lots of musicians into the hall that might not have been there otherwise, etc. plus, those brochures were sweet.