SOCI327: 11

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If you adopt an art to be your trade, weed your mind at the outset of all desire of money. What you may decently expect, if you have some talent and much industry, is such an income as a clerk will earn with a tenth or perhaps a twentieth of your nervous output. Nor have you the right to look for more; in the wages of the life, not in the wages of the trade, lies your reward; the work is here the wages.

people who graduate with arts degrees regularly end up with a lot of debt and incredibly low prospects for earning a living as artists.

  • Another article from David Byrne arguing that recent developments in digital technology intensify these problems and that this “spells disaster for today’s artists”.

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