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CHARBONNEAU – Artists struggle to make a living wage in Internet era

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GONE ARE THE DAYS when the path to success was fairly direct for musicians. Graham Henderson, president of Music Canada recalls the way it used to be:

“In 1999, if you’ve got a record deal, and there were lots of record deals large and small, you had a legitimate shot at a career. You’d sell 50,000 records, get a gold record. And then you’ve got a lot of touring. And then there’s radio play. It all added up to an opportunity.” (Globe and Mail, September 22, 2019)

Country musician Mike Plume recalls his 15-year deal at a Nashville record label and the regular touring opportunities.

Back then he was able to earn a decent living. Royalties from the use of his music on TV shows such as Dawson’s Creek further supplemented his income. “It was a nifty little chunk of change that came in. It made life a little easier for a couple of months,” Plume said.

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David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.

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