Case Study: Indie Rock Composer-Performer


Posted on March 15th, 2012 by Jean Cook in Financial Case Studies, Participant Data. 6 Comments

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PRIMARY GENRE
Rock

SECONDARY GENRES
World
Avant
Folk Rock

ROLES
Performer
Composer
Bandleader
Sideman
Session Musician

YEARS ACTIVE
1999 – present

TIME SPENT ON MUSIC
100%

INCOME DERIVED FROM MUSIC
100%

The following case study looks at 2008–2011 income for an Indie Rock Composer-Performer who writes, records and performs his own music and regularly tours the US and abroad. From 2008- 2010 he spent a significant amount of time as a salaried member of two different independent rock bands that actively toured the US and abroad, and typically played festivals and large rock clubs. When he tours his solo work, he performs in night clubs, galleries, pubs, art centers, museums, small theaters, and bars. The artist has formal training in composition and music. He has appeared on fourteen records as a leader, 32 records as a band member and 27 records as a sideman. He manages his own tours and those of the various ensembles that he co-leads. He sometimes works with a booking agent for his solo tours in Europe. He has non-exclusive relationships with several independent record labels. He is a member of AFTRA, SoundExchange and ASCAP. He is self-employed, does not have health insurance, and has no pension.

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