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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Gross Revenue Time Series

This section reviews the overall gross revenue numbers for 2006-2011 for Jazz Bandleader. For more detail year by year, including definitions for each category, visit the appendix.

While the majority of Jazz Bandleader’s income is performance fees as a bandleader, he also has regular recording, composing, sideman and teaching income.

From 2006 – 2011, the majority of Jazz Bandleader’s income – 77.8% – came from live performances and tours in the US, Europe, Canada and South America. Composing work accounted for 11.8% of his income, which including mechanicals, PRO royalties, publisher advances, and sheet music licensing. It also included some significant grants and awards. Most of the grants were commissions for him to write new works for his own and other ensembles. He also recorded every year, and his income as a recording artist (advances, record royalties, and CD sales on the road) accounted for 7.3% of his overall income during this period. Other income streams in this time period included 1.8% from performances and recordings as a sideman, and 1.3% from teaching, speaking engagements and master classes. We will explore these in detail in the charts and tables that follow.

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Information detailed in case studies is based on data received directly from the artist or their authorized representative. The data analysis and lessons learned here are based on individual experience, and do not necessarily reflect the experiences of all musicians in genre or roles.

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