Canadian-American female performers at the 2018 SXSW festival are now getting paid
An investigation has revealed Canadian-Americans are getting paid less to perform at SXSW 2018 than in past years, with performers from the U.S. and Canada earning between $1,500 and $2,000 more than their American counterparts, according to a new report from the Polaris Institute.
The institute, which promotes free and open online markets, has found that U.K.-based performer Olivia Boothe, who performs under the name “Lily Rae,” is making a $2.5 million per year from her US tour, while Canadian-born performer Tiffany Kaye is making $2 million.
While the report did not quantify the difference in pay, the Polaris analysis showed that performers in Canada have also been earning less than their counterparts from the US.
The Polaris report was commissioned by the UBC Arts Centre and the Vancouver-based Center for Equity and Access, both of which are working to promote diversity in the music industry.
The report, which is based on Polaris’ data, found that performers from Canada have seen their pay rise over the last two years while American performers have seen pay rise at a slower pace.
Boothe has made $3.7 million from her American tour since 2015.
Kaye, who was also at the SXSW 2017 showcase in Austin, Texas, made $2m last year.
The number of American performers making more than $2M is about the same as in 2016, according the report.
The number of Canadian performers making $1.5M or more is about 2.2 times the number from 2016.
The UBC study found that Canadian-based performers make between $400,000 and $1 million per tour.
Kaye made $1m last season, which equates to an annual salary of $3 million.
That was followed by U.B.C. performer Lily Rae, who earned $2million in 2016.