Case Study: Indie Rock Composer-Performer
Gross Revenue Time Series
Below are the overall gross revenue numbers for 2008-2011 for Indie Rock Composer-Performer. For more detail year by year, including definitions for each category, visit the appendix.
Most of his income is tied to live performance – either through salary for actively touring bands, his own shows as a solo artist, or CDs sold at live shows.
From 2008-2011, 30.5% of his income came from performance fees for solo shows. He made approximately the same amount of money – 29.7% – during this period as a salaried member of two different bands. Both bands paid him a consistent salary that drew from each band’s respective corporate fund. 21.2% of his income was derived from compositions; 15.0% for publishing related income – both advances and royalties – for one of the salaried bands, for which he wrote many of their songs, and 6.2% in PRO royalties. CD sales and record royalties comprised 12.1% and 3.5% of his income, respectively. The remaining 2.9% was made up of session musician work (both live and on recordings), income as a producer, TV royalties for television performances, teaching, and SoundExchange royalties.
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