“I’m a writer.  A writer, not a professor, teacher, banker, doctor or some other professional who finances his or her writing with a secondary income stream.  For a quarter century I have committed myself solely to the art of the narrative.  Ironically, though my work is more widely available to the public through the internet, compensation for my labour continues to decline as copyright is eroded and pirating becomes commonplace.  At any university, high school or elementary school in this country, everyone from the custodian to the dean earns a livable salary except the very people who provide the teaching content upon which these institutions are based.  How fair is this model?”

Caroline Adderson, Author

“Since I became a professional musician in 2001, I have had to get used to being a marketer, a promoter, a data entry clerk, a driver, a travel agent, a social media expert and a paralegal in order to make a living as singer/songwriter/violinist. This is our new reality. With all these things combined – the wearing of so many different hats, the big question is when can we possibly write and create new material?

We artists are an essential part of the economic and political fabric of our society but more importantly – we are the dreamers and the believers. I challenge our government to partner with us, the creators, to put Canada’s creators at the heart of our cultural policy”

Miranda Mulholland, Professional Musician

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