UBI: A New Form of Artistic Patronage?

Artistic labour has always been traditionally devalued and exploited, and now this reality is more stark than ever. On September 19, 2020, as part of the International Basic Income Week, I attended an informational gathering organized by Revenu de Base Québec at Espace Lafontaine to spread the word on UBI. The main purpose of the gathering was to disseminate information about the concept, which is still not widely understood in Montreal. I spoke to multiple activists, researchers and community organizers that were present to shed light on this policy and explore its potential to transform the artistic workplace.

This article was featured in Culture Pledge, a new media project that aims to reduce barriers of access into the arts & culture industries.