Survey Methods


Posted on July 11th, 2013 by Jean Cook in What We're Learning. No Comments

Below is an excerpt of a paper[Note 1] by Peter DiCola that describes the methodology and data of the Artist Revenue Streams project’s Money from Music Survey.

Survey Methods

The Money from Music Survey is part of the larger Artist Revenue Streams Project. The project includes three main parts: (1) qualitative interviews with dozens of musicians about the ways they generate revenue from music; (2) even more detailed case studies in which several musicians allowed a member of our team to have access to their financial and accounting records from recent years; and (3) this Internet-based survey.[Note 2] Future of Music Coalition (“FMC”), which is a nonprofit education, research, and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., coordinated the Artist Revenue Streams Project.

More than 6,700 eligible musicians took at least part of the survey in September and October of 2011. A total of 5,371 musicians completed the key question about revenue sources. A total of 5,013 respondents gave us enough information to estimate their income from music-related sources, and 4,652 musicians made it through every single question in the survey. Thus, depending on the question, we will report responses based on a total population of somewhere between 4,652 and 5,371 musicians. We allowed individuals to self-identify as musicians so long as they earned or have in the past earned money from music. We surveyed a diverse geographic population, with respondents in every state and good dispersion across regions. We also have musicians from a wide variety of musical genres. With that overview as an introduction, this Part describes our survey methods in more detail.

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[Note 1]: Peter DiCola, Money from Music: Survey Evidence on Musicians’ Revenue and Lessons About Copyright Incentives, 55 Ariz. L. Rev. 301 (2013).

[Note 2]: For more information about the full project, please see ARTIST REVENUE STREAMS, FUTURE OF MUSIC COALITION (last visited Mar. 5, 2013)

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