Data Memos and Reports
We have a huge amount of qualitative and quantitative data that we have collected through interviews, a large-scale survey, and financial case studies. Instead of issuing one enormous report, we have been examining the data through various lenses:
Specific revenue sources
- Off The Charts: Examining Musicians’ Income from Sound Recordings
- Artists, Brand and Revenue
- Orchestral Recordings and Performer Payments
- Does Organizational Membership Matter?
- Does Radio Airplay Matter?
- Where We Live: The Impact of Location
- Teams, Time Allocation and Technology
- Musicians’ Teammates and their Effect on Earnings
- Are Musicians Benefiting from Music/Tech?
- Mythbusting: “musicians are rich”
- Mythbusting: “musicians make all their money from touring/shows”
- Mythbusting: “musicians don’t make any money selling music”
- Mythbusting: “musicians make all their money from t-shirts/merchandise”
Six Financial Case Studies
As part of this project, a handful of full-time musicians granted us access to their musician-related financial records. Our case studies illustrate each musicians’ income and expenses year-by-year.
- Indie rock composer/performer
- Contemporary chamber ensemble
- Jazz bandleader
- Jazz sideman
- Professional orchestra player
- Background vocalist
- How many musicians are there?
- Are musicians making more or less money?
- Why “I don’t know” is an acceptable answer
- Leverage: how much or little control musicians have over how – and how much – they are paid
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With over 5,300 musicians completing the Money from Music Survey, FMC has collected hundreds of thousands of data points about the lives and earnings of US-based musicians and composers. The result is a robust and nuanced data set that can be filtered by genre, roles, age, location, experience, support, and many other factors.
If the survey data set tells us WHAT is happening with U.S.-based musicians, the interviews conducted help us to understand WHY, and the financial case study portraits explain the HOW. The Artist Revenue Streams team has been using our qualitative interviews and case studies as a guide as we sort through all of the survey data points and publish over 20 data memos and case studies to date.
Below are some of the interesting observations from previously published data memos that give a sense of the breadth and depth … Read More »