Case Study: Jazz Sideman-Bandleader
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Anatomy of a Grant
A large portion of bandleaders’ incomes typically go to expenses. Grants are often no different.In 2010, grants accounted for approximately 35% of Jazz Sideman’s gross income. The following chart details how the money for all three of his 2010 grants was spent.
Because all three were restricted grants that dictated how the money was to be used, which is not unusual for a foundation grant, and because all three were for ensembles that he leads, he spent 99% on expenses and took home 1% of the gross grant amount. This is typical for bandleaders; a large portion of their gross income goes to expenses. It’s also worth noting that foundation grants are extremely competitive, and are not a guaranteed source of income by any means for an artist.