The City of Hamilton has put forth a motion that could see musicians performing locally receive fair compensation in order to help them bounce back after the COVID-19 shutdowns.
Musicians performing at city-held or city-sanctioned events would receive at least minimum wage for their services.
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One of the most important factors of the motion is that it sets a precedent for the proper compensation for performers in Hamilton.
A profile created by the city of the local creative industries identified musicians as the top sector for growth and development. It also identified Hamilton as the top destination for musicians to apply their trade in Canada.
Hamilton is recognized within the top 10 locations of independent music per capita with musicians making up the largest group of working individuals in the creative industries in Hamilton.
With 14 per cent of creative professionals being musicians, almost 22 per cent of all music related workers are self-employed.
The original motion moved by Mayor Fred Eisenberger would establish city guidelines and policies to ensure that musicians are paid based on the recommended fees of the Canadian Federation of Musicians.