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Report: Canadian Artists Getting Poorer

Writing in the Globe and Mail on the recently released report by Hill Strategies Research for Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, James Adams says:

The poorest-paid Canadian artist category is that of female visual artist, with average earnings in 2005 of $11,421…

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Aboriginal artists are especially poor earners – just $15,900 on average, 30-per-cent lower than the average for all artists.

(Artists are) better educated than most Canadians. The Hill study reports that 39 per cent of all Canadian artists have at least a university degree at the bachelor’s level, whereas for the overall labour force the percentage is 21.

Read the Globe article HERE and the full report HERE.

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