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 Band


This chart and table illustrate Indie Rock Composer’s income, broken down by band. From 2008-2011 the artist was a member of four bands and worked as a session musician. Though the artist is involved in four bands and does additional sideman work, most of his income from 2008-2011 was derived from his contract salary with the Main Band #1, and his solo work.

Even though the Artist was an active member of four bands in addition to his solo project from 2008-2011, the vast majority of his income came from Main Band #1 and his own solo projects in this period.
Band 2008 2009 2010 2011 Role Details
Main Band #1 94.2% 55.9% 50.3% 25.4% Contract Salary Salary, publishing advance, publishing royalties, record sales, PRO royalties
Solo 4.4% 43.4% 31.2% 74.5% Bandleader Live performance fees, PRO royalties for solo project, CD sales on the road, merchandise sold online, record sales
Salaried Band #2 NA NA 16.0% NA Contract Salary Salary
Band #3 0.9% 0.7% 2.5% 0.1% Co-Leader Live performance, CD sales on the road, PRO royalties
Band #4 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Member Live performance, PRO royalties

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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.

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