Does organizational membership matter?
Analyzing membership among survey respondents
For this report, we have focused on the organizations in which the biggest proportion of survey population indicated membership. In order to conduct meaningful comparisons, we created the following groupings:
- Composer PRO (N=1900): respondents who were a member of ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and/or a foreign PRO
- No PRO (N=3471): not a member of any PRO, domestic or foreign
- Any Music Org (N=3582): respondents who checked at least one organization on our list, or typed in an answer
- No Music Org (N=1789): respondents who did not check any organizations on our list, and did not type in an answer
- AFM (N=2615)
- AFTRA (N=160)
- Classical Composer Groups (N=306): American Composers Forum + American Music Center + Meet the Composer
- Songwriter Groups (N=79): Nashville Songwriters + Songwriters Guild of America
- SoundExchange (N=349)
- Recording Academy (N=298)
- Chamber Music America (N=244)
The remainder of this report compares respondents’ income and revenue sources based on these groupings. What are the differences in estimated music income? On what sources of revenue are they relying, and how are they changing over time, especially when compared to non-joiners?
What joiners look like
The survey data allows us to do a full analysis of the characteristics of the joiners and non-joiners, looking at differences in genre, role(s), workweek hours, length of career, personal gross income, and percent of income derived from music.
The results of this demographic snapshot are quite predictable; survey respondents who reported belonging to any music organizations or any of the PROs – the joiners – have more years of experience and spend more of their workweek hours on music than the non-joiners. Membership is not likely to be the reason that they have long and/or active careers, but the opposite; it’s likely because they have career tenure and/or have made a full-time commitment to specific types of work that they are members of certain organizations.
Instead of itemizing the characteristics of joiners versus non-joiners, let’s move on to examine the relationship between membership and income.