Do you love to read? Love playing or listening to music? Love visual arts? If you do–fantastic–you’ve come to the right place.
But did you know that almost half of the music and video we consume is streamed and it takes almost 15 million streams on YouTube to earn the creator the equivalent of the average monthly minimum wage of $1260? How many musicians do you think can command 15 million streams per month? That’s right—zero.
Did you also know that the median annual income of Authors Guild members is $17,500 for full-time authors and $4,500 for part-time authors? And those are just the authors who qualify for professional membership in the Guild. At those income levels we must presume everybody is a part-time author with another job!
This is not just a problem for writers, musicians, and other content creators, it’s a problem for all of us as consumers of creative media. If a professional creator cannot make a viable living from creating, the supply of quality content must suffer.
But we can fix this.
The growing supply of new content means it will always be relatively inexpensive – the question is whether it will be any good. As we help professional creators, we help all the rest of us who like to create and share content just for fun. By saving creative industries, we can inspire the irrepressible creative impulse in all of us.