Earlier this week the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage released its report Shifting Paradigms. The Committee studied remuneration models for artists and the creative industries including the challenges and opportunities for creators. The Committee found several major themes that connected testimony throughout the study:
- the increasing value gap (a disparity between the value of creative content enjoyed by consumers and the revenues that are received by artists and the creative industries)
- the decline in the artistic middle class
- the negative impact of technology on creative industries, and
- changes in consumer culture and the Indigenous perspective on copyright
The Committee’s conclusions were no surprise to people working in the creative industries.