No apologies for returning to the subject of cigarette money and classical music. I have received this email from Amanda Sandford who is research manager at ASH - Action on Smoking and Health.
Dear Bob Thank you for your email and for raising awareness of the ongoing issue of tobacco sponsorship of the arts.Amanda's last statement is only too true. The topic of classical music's ethically compromised funders has been picked up by a number of influential sources outside classical music including Naked Capitalism and tobacco.org, but the only influential source to pick it up within classical music has been the admirable Alex Ross. As Amanda says "we do have a way to go".
Yes, we are aware that it is still going on. Unfortunately, as you may be aware, corporate sponsorship by tobacco companies is still allowable since the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act 2002 only applies to tobacco brands.
Tobacco sponsorship has been virtually eradicated from sport (F1 being the sole exception) but we do have a way to go persuading arts bodies not to take the tobacco industry's cash.
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