…There seem to be more ways than ever for the independent artist to bring in cash. The Future of Music Coalition, an artist lobbying group, announced during SXSW the results of two years of research into how musicians make money. Jean Cook, one of the architects of the project, said the research revealed 42 potential music revenue sources. No single artist is, of course, benefiting from all 42. A classical artist, for instance, may have access to only two or three, she said. But a singer-songwriter may be able to pull from as many as 25 revenue streams. read more
He plays as a salaried member of multiple bands, and also derives significant income from solo performances. He writes, sells CDs, does session work, occassionally teaches, and seems like he’s on the road non-stop. And he also doesn’t have health insurance. read more
Digital Music News reports on a new study by The Future of Music Coalition, who interviewed thousands of bands and artists about the makeup of their teams and found that attorneys and accountants were overwhelmingly the highest-paid members of said teams, outranking label executives, publicists, tour managers and everyone else: read more
For these studies, the FMC worked in depth with five people in the industry who make their living full-time with music. Using data provided by the professionals, the FMC then graphed and wrote up explanations of how money flowed in, from where, etc. As with any case study the results aren’t necessarily broadly interpretable but it’s nice to have some detailed data to go with the more general surveys we usually see.
Ever wonder what the living wage is for a jazz band leader living in London? Or how about a cello player in an orchestra? Many of these musician gigs don’t win a popularity contest when it comes to the public’s perception of the music industry. There are tons of bedroom producers and garage bands that can generate a short-lived buzz, but it takes years of practice and formal education to develop a stable stream of income for the average musician. Luckily, they’ve got the Future of Music Coalition looking out for them.
The Future Of Music Coalition has published a case study profiling artist revenues in a number of occupations: Jazz Bandleader-Composer, Indie Rock Composer-Performer, Jazz Sideman-Bandleader, Professional Orchestra Player and a Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. read more
[…]The good news, perhaps, is that there are more ways than ever to bring in cash. Artist lobbying group The Future of Music Coalition revealed at Austin the results of its two-year research project into how artists make money. Jean Cook, one of the architects of the project, specified Saturday to Pop & Hiss that no single artist is, of course, benefiting from all 42 potential revenue sources that her group has identified. A classical artist, for instance, may have access to only two or three, she said, whereas a singer/songwriter may be able to pull from as many as 25 different sources.[…]
Everyone is always talking about the artists’ team, the critical support structure that helps spread the music and manage fanbases. But when it comes to successful artists, the most important and well-paid members are lawyers and accountants - then the webmaster, booking agent, manager, and everyone else.
The Future of Music Coalition recently interviewed thousands of artists about the composition of their team, and this is what a few hundred, high-earning artists said. These are full-time artists making more than $100,000 a year with over 90% of that coming directly from their music. And outside of the band members themselves, these were the roles designated most (in terms of the percentage of respondents indicating that these people were members of their team). […] read more
[…]Case studies from the Future of Music Coalition’s Artist Revenue Streams project have been released. That means you can check out detailed financial situations from a jazz bandleader-composer and sideman who occasionally leads bands. Previously on the subject.[…]