Note though that to some degree government and local arts funding system is such normalized patronage through taxes (very generally looking). Although it's in very few countries that this actually works for at least majority of the artists - possibly in Scandinavia? Slovenia is still better than many places in larger Europe but it's getting worse and worse year by year.
@luka do you imagine science without public funding ? I think it's the same for "art and culture" for a big part of it. There are very diverse "roles" that an artist can take to adress the publics aside the pure creation process, from performances to writing to teaching, and both the creation and the transmission process should be supported by public funds like it is for other fields.
In Be it's supposed to be partly this way, but it's rotten by "friends" politics and chronical underfunding
yess! Why limit subsidizing to artists though?
Freeing anybody from the need to care for their survival would enable them to live in a more creative mindset.
And normalized creativity is a multiplicator for many things things our society needs (participation, openness,...)
This makes the term 'artist' in its current form ('person trying to capitalize aesthetics for survival, possibly out of passion') kinda meaningless, as creating is then about passion, not need.