Does organizational membership matter?

Posted on September 5th, 2013 by Kristin Thomson in What We're Learning. 1 Comment

Membership and “other” revenue streams

Finally, let’s look at the other sources of revenue reported by survey respondents. Here the differences are clear; respondents who are members of a Composer PRO are much more likely to be receiving some income from a wide array of other revenue sources, in everything from producing, to honoraria, to fan funding.


A similar analysis on the organizational membership shows less uniformity; for many revenue streams, especially those for which organizations or unions are a conduit for payment, organizational members are much more likely to have received some money from this revenue stream in the past 12 months. But, a slightly higher percent of non-joiners reported making some money from producing, fan funding (like Kickstarter) and ad revenue.


It is interesting to examine some of these “other” revenue streams at the organizational level.  For instance, while 12% of all respondents reported making some money from producing in the past 12 months, nearly 35% of respondents who reported being Recording Academy members said they participated in this revenue stream in the past 12 months.


Only 10% of survey respondents reported grant income in the past 12 months. But, for Chamber Music America or Classical Composer Group members, that number shot up to almost 40%.


The percent of general survey population reporting any income from acting in the past 12 months was just 3%, but for respondents who said they were AFTRA members, that number was 16%. Television and film production work – including voiceovers or vocal work – is largely governed by AFTRA contracts, so it makes sense that AFTRA members are more likely to have made some money from acting in the past 12 months.


Is membership the reason that these respondents received some income from these “other” revenue streams? In some of these cases, there is a strong relationship between membership and income, especially in the instances where organizations are direct conduits for funds, or responsible for negotiating or protecting the rates. But there are other instances where membership is simply one of many demographic characteristics that make participation in these revenue streams likely, the others being career tenure, genre, role, and education.

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  1. […] Does organisational membership matter? This material was first presented at Music: Parts and Labor conference at New York University in April 2012 and examines the relationship between organisational membership and income. […]