Case Study: Background Vocalist
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TV Background Performer
Film Background Performer
Live Background Performing Artist
Background Recording Artist
1997 – present
TIME AND INCOME ON MUSIC
The following is the breakdown of 2009-2010 income from a Background Vocalist, who performs as a background singer on network TV, live on tour, and on recordings. She also writes songs and performs and records her own music as a solo artist. She produces records for herself and others.
For the purposes of this case study, we will look at her income from her work as a session musician and background vocalist only – both in the studio and live on tour.
This artist tours regularly as a background vocalist for several different featured artists. Previous tours have included performances at concert halls, theaters, opera houses, resorts, and festivals. She is also part of the regular “music crew” – as a background vocalist – on a live network television program with a house band, appearing on 34 episodes over four seasons. She has also performed on over 50 recordings as a background vocalist for more than 30 different artists.
The Background Vocalist does not have formal musical training. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, NARAS, SoundExchange, and ASCAP and is registered with the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund. Through her affiliation with SAG-AFTRA, she qualifies for health insurance and is earning pension credits. She does not have a manager or bookkeeper.
This case study includes:
- Summary of Key Findings
- A Note about Session Work
- Gross Revenue Time Series 2009-2010
- Income vs. Expense
- Mailbox Money: An Overview
- Television Mailbox Money
- Recording Income: Overview
- Reflections on Mailbox Money, Dependencies and Unions
- Revenue Pies for 2009-2010, detailing gross income for each year