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Patronage is a ancient concept back into the Roman era. Many artists and musicians had patronage to help them live creative lives.
From the Dictionary:
1.the support given by a patron."the arts could no longer depend on private patronage"
synonyms: sponsorship, backing, funding, financing, promotion, assistance, support"art patronage"
2.the power to control appointments to office or the right to privileges."recruits are selected on merit, not through political patronage"
synonyms: power of appointment, favoritism, nepotism, preferential treatment, cronyism, pork-barreling"political patronage"
3.a patronizing or condescending manner."a twang of self-satisfaction—even patronage—about him"
4.the regular business given to a store, restaurant, or public service by a person or group."the direct train link was ending because of poor patronage"
synonyms: custom, trade, business"thank you for your patronage"
5.(in ancient Rome) the rights and duties or the position of a patron.
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