Senior Artists Research Project
The Senior Artist Research Project hopes to find viable solutions to the social and economic difficulties faced by senior artists in Canada. Five key categories of services have been identified by the Senior Artist Research Project:
- career needs (artistic skills, business skills, legal services, archiving of works),
- social needs / isolation, and
- financial (retirement, pensions, financial planning, estate planning, insurance, etc.)
This report, prepared by Hill Strategies, notes that results from the 2006 census show that the average earnings of Canadian artists are $22,700, compared with an average of $36,300 for all Canadian workers. The gap between artists' average earnings and overall labour force earnings is 37%.
Despite these low earnings, as they age, artists face an even larger drop in earnings than other workers. The average earnings of Canadian artists 55 or older are only $17,800, or 38% less than the average earnings of artists between 45 and 54 years of age. In comparison, the average earnings of all Canadian workers 55 or older ($36,200) are only 26% less than the average earnings of all Canadian workers between 45 and 54 years of age.
A larger percentage of artists (21%) than other workers (18%) are in the 55 and over age group.
The report provides brief summaries of programs, services and associations that support older artists in 14 countries, largely in Europe. This information will provide a backdrop for further discussions between Kelly Hill and international researchers, program managers and artists regarding the workings of the international programs.
The report will be updated periodically to integrate new information about the international programs.