Case Study: Jazz Bandleader-Composer


Posted on March 15th, 2012 by Jean Cook in Financial Case Studies, Participant Data. 6 Comments

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PRIMARY GENRE
Jazz

SECONDARY GENRES
Classical
Hip Hop

ROLES
Bandleader
Composer
Sideman
Teacher

YEARS ACTIVE
1995 – present

TIME SPENT ON MUSIC
100%

INCOME DERIVED FROM MUSIC
100%

The following case study looks at the 2006-2011 income for a Jazz Bandleader-Composer, who writes, records and performs his own works and leads and participates in multiple ensembles and projects. As a jazz composer, he writes primarily for his own ensembles to perform and record, though he also occasionally writes incidental music for plays, radio, television and film. As a performer, he leads his own bands, but also spends time playing and recording as a sideman for other jazz composers-bandleaders. When he tours with his own ensembles they typically play jazz clubs, concert halls, large jazz festivals, and universities, in the US and around the world. He has released over ten records as a leader or co-leader, and has appeared on over 25 recordings as a sideman.

The Jazz Bandleader has an advanced degree in music. He has a manager, booking agent, and a multi-year relationship with an independent record label. He is a member of Chamber Music America, NARAS, SoundExchange, and SESAC. He is self-employed and has health insurance, but no pension plan.

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