Case Study: Professional Orchestra Player

Posted on March 15th, 2012 by Kristin Thomson in Financial Case Studies, Participant Data. 3 Comments

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Classical ROLES
Freelance player: live
Freelance player: studio
2000 – present




The following case study looks at ten years of income and expenses for a young professional orchestra player. He is currently a section player in one of the top orchestras in the United States. This is his third salaried position with an orchestra, though in years past he has also earned significant income from freelance positions with a variety of professional orchestras and ensembles performing in the US and internationally. He has also earned some money doing session work in the studio with a range of artists, and from teaching and master class performances, though these sources have been dwarfed in recent years by his income as a salaried player.

The artist is professionally trained and holds a conservatory masters degree in his field. He is a member of the AFM. He has health insurance and a pension provided as benefits of his current position. He does not compose and does not yet participate in sound recording revenue streams, which we discuss further in this report.

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