A First Look at Jazz Musicians


Posted on January 9th, 2012 by Jean Cook in What We're Learning. 8 Comments

FMC was at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters annual conference, speaking on Sunday,  January 8, 2012 on the panel, “Platforms that Move Jazz Forward.”  Here are three slides from our presentation, based on data collected in the Money from Music Survey.

First, some quick context for these slides.  More than 850 of the 5,000+ survey respondents said they generate the most money from the Jazz genre.  These respondents came from 45 states and the District of Columbia.  The top fourteen cities represented were New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, DC, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Detroit, New Orleans, Minneapolis and Denver.

Here is an interactive detailed map of jazz survey respondents.

View ARS survey: primary genre = jazz in a full screen map

Of these 850+, approximately half stated they were members of the American Federation of Musicians.

Estimated Music Income for Jazz Musicians.  We asked all survey respondents to tell us how much money they made in the previous year, and also what percentage of their income came from music.  When we cross referenced the answers to those questions, we were able to calculate what we call “Estimated Music Income” for our respondents.

The mean income of a jazz musician not affiliated with AFM was approximately $23,300.  The mean income of an AFM-affiliated jazz musician was $37,200.

When you compare the jazz musicians to the larger pool, you get these charts.

In the non-jazz pool of survey takers, the mean income was $20,400 for a non-AFM musician, and $48,650 for an AFM-affiliated musician.

Changes Over The Last Five Years.  We asked musicians how their income had changed over the last five years.

We will be releasing a more detailed report about jazz musicians and how they fare compared to other genres later in the spring, including two financial case studies using verifiable income from real musicians.  In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about jazz musicians, you can view the video from FMC’s 2011 Money from Music session about Jazz Musicians here.  Or you can see a preview draft of one of our financial case studies at NPR’s A Blog Supreme.






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