A study by the Writers’ Union of Canada says an author’s average annual income from writing is just $9,380, a drop of 27 per cent from a decade ago. (BARRY GRAY / THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR FILE PHOTO)
“I don’t know how you would make a living today as a young composer or writer,” says Quan. “They’re writing for free and putting their material on social media and in some cases don’t expect to be compensated. It’s the new normal and that shouldn’t be. That really has to change.”
Proposed legislation by European Union lawmakers has given Quan and many in Canada’s creative community hope in the digital age.