What's this obsession with corporations? In the olden days, bards sought the patronage of the rich and powerful to help them survive in an economically precarious profession. They stil do so today, but instead of King Etherlrod, they're kissing up to Walt Disney and heirs.
I don't really see the distinction, unless it's that they used to have to please the tastes of King Ethelrod, whereas today Walt Disney's offspring aren't as worried about their own tastes than the tastes of the general paying public. So for all of us who aren't kings or corporate behemoths, the situation has improved.