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Hey Rosetta!'s Tim Baker says N.L. arts need better funding

Hey Rosetta! frontman Tim Baker joins Anna Maria to talk about the economic benefits of Newfoundland & Labrador's cultural community, the need for more arts funding and plays a brand new song he's never performed.
Anna Maria meets Hey Rosetta! frontman Tim Baker to talk about the lack of arts funding in Newfoundland and Labrador. (Kathleen Goldhar/CBC)

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Music was always a way to move through adversity.- Tim Baker from Hey Rosetta!

Newfoundland and Labrador is known to have a culture rich with music and art, but many artists say the scene is under threat. 

In December 2015, the city of St John's tried to cut arts funding by 50 per cent but there was such as outcry they backed off.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, there are approximately 1,200 artists, who earn on average 30 per cent less than the overall labour force, according to a 2014 report funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Hey Rosetta! frontman Tim Baker joins The Current's Anna Maria to talk about the economic benefits of Newfoundland and Labrador's cultural community, the need for more arts funding — plus plays a brand new song he's never performed.
 


 

This segment was produced by The Current's Sarah Grant.

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