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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Gross Income by Role

Below are illustrations of Indie Rock Composer-Performer’s gross income by role, from 2008-2011.

The salary income is the most consistent from year to year out of all of his roles, which he ended in 2011 when he took on more solo performances. The performance income grows steadily as he invests more time and energy into it.

His composing and recording income is less consistent. While there are elements of these roles that stay steady – the PRO Royalties and CD Sales on the Road – the rest of the income in these two areas (71% of his composing money and 22% of his recording money) was tied to his affiliation with Main Band #1, and future income at the same rate is uncertain.

The Artist’s solo tours are now profitable, and he still receives royalties from his affiliation on Main Band #1. When those royalties run out, he will need a new income source to fill the gap.

Next: Income by Band


About the Case Studies

Graphs do not have a Y-axis dollar value in order to observe the conditions of our privacy policy. In addition, graphs and visuals in case studies are not comparable within or between case studies. For more details about this, read about our financial case study protocol.

Information detailed in case studies is based on data received directly from the artist or their authorized representative. The data analysis and lessons learned here are based on individual experience, and do not necessarily reflect the experiences of all musicians in genre or roles.

Case studies are one of three ways this project is looking at music creator income.




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