Createquity has one of those incredible posts that you really have to read word for word and sit over. If you don't read the whole thing, you're doing yourself an incredible disservice.
Here's just one of the many meaty sections:
If I'm reading this right, this is the best articulation of having a "Supply and Demand" problem in the arts. But the demand that is short is not audience demand; it's an artificially low demand from the delivery system itself. The institutions whose job it is to hook up the supply with the audience demand are failing.
I sympathize a lot with this. I started a theater company roughly two years ago; and already I'm creating a submissions process because I have to turn away work on a regular basis. I already can't keep up with the level of work being submitted to me. Because there are so many artists out there who rely on gatekeepers to have their work out there.
Oh, and by the way, as I was finishing up this article, the Guardian addressed somewhat parallel issues:
(UPDATE: Oh my goodness, check out the comment the post has gotten as well!)