Case Study: Jazz Bandleader-Composer
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1995 – present
TIME SPENT ON MUSIC
INCOME DERIVED FROM MUSIC
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.
This case study includes:
- Summary of Key Findings
- Gross Revenue Time Series, 2006-2011
- Income v Expenses Analysis
- Gross Income by Role
- Performance and Merch by Territory
- PRO Royalties by Territory and Album
- Reflections on Building a Career in Jazz
- Revenue Pies for 2006-2011, detailing gross income for each year