Municipal Sponsorship and Musical Work in Argentina: Ensemble Institutionalization in a Neoliberal Economy

Author/s Sarah Lahasky
Publishing Year 2020 Issue 2020/157 Language English
Pages 17 P. 108-124 File size 234 KB
DOI 10.3280/SL2020-157006
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The institutionalization of musical groups through local, decentralized govern-ments may provide artists an alternative to the precarious working conditions as characterized by the gig economy. The article uses the Tito Francia Guitar Or-chestra as a case study and suggests that artists living in areas with autonomous local governments may be able to frame their work as a social, political, or eco-nomic benefit to the city. The article contains three sections: the first one explains Argentina’s current economic situation and its effects on musical work in the country; the second one introduces the guitar orchestra and their relationship with the Municipality of Guaymallén; the last section considers the benefits and risks of institutionalizing an ensemble, and how musicians’ work may change as a result.

Keywords: Institutionalization, music, decentralization, precarious work

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Sarah Lahasky, Municipal Sponsorship and Musical Work in Argentina: Ensemble Institutionalization in a Neoliberal Economy in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 157/2020, pp 108-124, DOI: 10.3280/SL2020-157006