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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This page provides a detailed look at the Indie Rock Composer-Performer’s gross income for each year from 2008-2011.

Gross Revenue, 2008

In 2008, the Indie Rock Composer recorded with Main Band #1, and received a publishing advance for his share of the writing on Main Band’s record. He also recorded as a solo artist, and with several other groups as a sideman. His salary, combined with his share of a publishing advance for Main Band, made up 72.3% of his gross income for 2008. He received PRO royalties for his writing credits for Main Band and other groups. He recorded as a sideman, did some arranging work for another group, and also taught private students.

Revenue Category 2008 Details
Salary 45.7% Contract musician income drawn from Main Band #1’s corporate fund. Corporate fund includes accumulated profits from live performance, label advance, record royalties, merchandise sales, licensing and digital SR performance royalties. Artist waived claim to these monies in exchange for his contract salary.
Publisher Payments 26.6% Advance against songwriting royalties for album recorded in 2008 by Main Band #1
PRO Royalties 14.6% Songwriting royalties (includes Main Band #1). Artist co-writes songs with other songwriters in Main Band #1. Is primary songwriter in projects he leads
Session Musician 7.4% Performances in both live and studio settings as a session player
Live Performance 5.0% Live performance fees as a solo performer and as a bandleader (does not include Main Band #1)
Record Royalties 0.3%
Live Performance Digital Royalties 0.2% Internet streaming and downloads of a live performance by Main Band #1 through a venue-connected third party digital music service
Teaching 0.2% Private music lessons
Gross Revenue, 2009

In 2009, Indie Rock Composer continued to draw a salary from Main Band #1. His solo record was released in 2009 and he toured the US and Europe to support this record. His live performance fees as a solo artist, combined with CDs sold on the road, made up 45.4% of his income that year. He continued to work as a live and studio session player and teacher.

Revenue Category 2009 Details
Salary 49.2% Contract musician income drawn from Main Band #1’s corporate fund. Corporate fund includes accumulated profits from live performance, label advance, record royalties, merchandise sales, licensing and digital SR performance royalties. Artist waived claim to these monies in exchange for his contract salary
Live Performance 33.2% Live performance fees as a solo performer and as a bandleader (does not include Main Band #1)
CD Sales On Tour 12.3% Physical and digital sales of musical recordings: solo projects and bandleader
PRO Royalties 4.7% Songwriting royalties (includes Main Band #1). Artist co-wrote songs with other songwriters in Main Band #1. He is the primary songwriter in projects he leads
Session Musician 0.4% Performances in both live and studio settings as a session player
Teaching 0.1% Private music lessons
Record Royalties 0.1% Physical and digital sales of sound recordings
Gross Revenue, 2010

In 2010, Indie Rock Composer continued to draw a salary from Main Band #1 for the first part of the year (57% of his 2010 salary income), then drew a salary from a second band in the second half of the year (43% of his 2010 salary income). He received publishing royalties and another piece of a publishing advance for Main Band #1, which made up about a quarter of his 2010 income. He toured the US, UK and Europe as a solo artist and his performance fees as a solo artist, combined with CDs sold on the road, made up 33.2% of his income that year. He continued to work as a live and studio session player, and also received AFTRA TV residuals for previous years live TV appearances performing with various bands, including Main Band #1.

Revenue Category 2010 Details
Salary 35.2% Contract musician income for two different groups (including Main Band #1)
Live Performance 24.5% Live performance fees as a solo performer and as a bandleader (does not include Main Band #1)
Publishing Royalties 22.4% For songs he wrote for Main Band #1
CD Sales On Tour 8.5% Physical and digital sales of musical recordings: solo projects and bandleader
PRO Royalties 5.1% Songwriting royalties (includes Main Band #1). Artist co-wrote songs with other songwriters in Main Band #1. He is primary songwriter in projects he leads
Publishing Advance 2.9% For new songs he wrote for Main Band #1
AFTRA TV Residuals 1.0% For live TV appearances performing with various bands
Session Musician 0.4% Performances in both live and studio settings as a session player
Gross Revenue, 2011

In 2011, Indie Rock Composer earned 72.2% of his income from touring the US and Europe as a solo artist. 21% of his income was from publishing and record royalties from Main Band #1. His PRO royalties included songwriting royalties generated by songs written for Main Band #1, and for his own compositions. He took on work as a producer, working on two projects, which made up 2.2% of his gross income. Other income included a one time acting gig, AFTRA TV residuals for previous live performances on television shows with a band, and an appearance fee.

Revenue Category 2011 Details
Live Performance 49.2% Live performance fees as a solo performer and as a bandleader
CD Sales on Tour 22.4% Physical and digital sales of musical recordings: solo projects and bandleader
Record Sales 11.5% For his previous work with Main Band #1, and also digital record sales for his solo projects
Publishing Royalties 9.5% For songs he wrote for Main Band #1
PRO Royalties 3.5% Songwriting royalties (includes Main Band #1). Artist co-wrote songs with other songwriters in Main Band #1. He is primary songwriter in projects he leads
Producer 2.2% Producing records of other bands
Acting 0.5%
AFTRA TV Residuals 0.4% For live TV appearances performing with various bands

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