Category: Survey demographics


Survey sample size

Posted on 17th May, by Kristin Thomson in Survey demographics. Comments Off on Survey sample size

5,371 US-based musicians, performers 
and composers completed the 
Money from Music survey. This online survey was available from Sept 6 – Oct 28, 2011, and open to US citizens and permanent residents 
18 years of age or older.  survey methodology | survey protocol | survey questions



Survey age distribution

Posted on 16th May, by Kristin Thomson in Survey demographics. Comments Off on Survey age distribution

The chart above shows the distribution of answers to our question about the respondent’s age.  The average age of all 5,371 respondents was 45.



Years of experience

Posted on 15th May, by Kristin Thomson in Survey demographics. Comments Off on Years of experience

Over half of survey respondents reported having 25 years or more of experience as a musician/composer/performer.



Workweek hours

Posted on 14th May, by Kristin Thomson in Survey demographics. Comments Off on Workweek hours

We asked survey respondents how many of their workweek hours were dedicated to composing, performing, recording, teaching, or working on their musical craft. The chart above shows the distribution, with 45% reporting spending more than 30 hours a week on music.



Top genres

Posted on 13th May, by Kristin Thomson in Genre, Survey demographics. Comments Off on Top genres

Survey respondents were asked to report the primary, secondary and tertiary genres in which they worked.  The survey included a drop down list with over 20 options, but respondents were also allowed to type in an answer. The chart above shows the most popular, choices stacked together by genre.



Primary genre

Posted on 12th May, by Kristin Thomson in Genre, Survey demographics. Comments Off on Primary genre

Focusing on the primary genres, the most frequent responses were classical, jazz, rock/alt-rock, pop, and composer. But many, many genres were represented in the survey.  not only in the lists but also in respondents’ typed-in answers, which ran from Musical Theatre to Yiddish.



Number of roles self identified

Posted on 5th May, by Kristin Thomson in Role, Survey demographics. Comments Off on Number of roles self identified

On the survey, respondents were asked to identify the musical roles they play.



Number of roles by allocation of income

Posted on 4th May, by Kristin Thomson in Role, Survey demographics. Comments Off on Number of roles by allocation of income

On the survey, respondents were asked to allocate their music-related income from the previous 12 months among eight possible buckets:



Roles of those whose income falls into one bucket

Posted on 3rd May, by Kristin Thomson in Role, Survey demographics. Comments Off on Roles of those whose income falls into one bucket

On the survey, respondents were asked to allocate their music-related income from the previous 12 months among eight possible buckets: