Is this a way to make sure all Canadian musicians get a living wage? Maybe.

[This was my weekly column for GlobalNews.ca. – AC]

The music world has been hit hard by the coronavirus. And while famous artists have the financial resources to tough it out, the vast majority of musicians aren’t just struggling. They’re hurting. Bad.

With the demise of physical music sales, there’s very little money to be made in selling CDs or vinyl and unless your songs stream millions of millions and millions of times, there’s not much to be earned there, either. Musicians’ incomes now rely heavily on touring and live performances. But now that the concert industry has been shut down, that source of revenue has dried up. Sure, you can maybe make a few bucks through a live stream, but it’s hardly enough to pay the rent and buy food.

There’s been much talk recently of the benefits of a universal basic income for everyone, especially since the plague set in. Now a new B.C.-based organization has come up with a specific proposal for Canadian musicians.

Keep reading about the Canadian Musicians Coalition’s proposal.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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