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Artist Revenue Streams Data Portal

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Composer
Recording
Salaried player
Performer
Session
Teacher
Music-Only Career
Years of Experience
Gross Estimated Music Income
Educated in Music
Gender

* The abbreviation (N) means the number of respondents (musicians) who answered that particular question. Within any given filtered group, not all musicians in that group necessarily answered all questions.

About This Data Portal and Survey

This data portal shows the aggregated survey data about the ways that US-based musicians are currently generating income from their compositions, recordings, performances or brand, collected by Future of Music Coalition during the Money from Music Survey, conducted from September 6–October 28, 2011.

The online survey was completed by 5,371 US-based musicians, composers and performers, working in many disciplines and genres. The survey was one of three methods used by the Artist Revenue Streams research team to collect primary source data from US-based musicians about the revenue streams on which they are relying.

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How Many Musicians In This Group?

4,453, or 100% of our 4,453 respondents :

Within this group of 4,453:

74% have 16+ years experience

33% are considered full-time musicians

Avg. Annual Income from Music: $35,300

This is the average annual gross Estimated Music Income (EMI) for this group. Musicians may have had non-music income too (see Music vs. non-Music Income by Age chart).

Income Allocation

The chart reflects how this group allocated their music-related income over a 12-month period. Note: 175 / 4,453 survey respondents did not answer this question.

Income Trend Over 5 Years

This group of musicians were asked whether their income had increased or decreased over the last five years for each role listed. Respondents could also answer "not applicable." The chart also shows how applicable the particular role/activity was to this groups' careers.

Of those who answered…
Income increased:
% saying role was applicable to their career?
12.6%
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Teaching
94.5%
8.5%
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Composing
36.1%
0.2%
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Performing
90.3%
Income decreased:
7.7%
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Salaried player
47.9%
7.4%
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Sessions
90.0%
6.2%
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Recording
81.7%
0.4%
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Merch
90.6%

Other Music Income Sources

13%
…of this group earned some $ from
Sound Recording Special Payments Fund
11%
…of this group earned some $ from
Producing
11%
…of this group earned some $ from
Honoraria
10%
…of this group earned some $ from
Grants
9%
…of this group earned some $ from
Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund
Less than 5% of this group earned any money from...

Fan funding, AFM/SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, Corporate sponsorship, ASCAPLUS Awards, Acting, WebAds, AARC royalties, Product endorsements, Label settlements, Sample licensing, Publisher advance, YouTube Partnership Program, Persona licensing, Fan club, AFTRA Contingent Scale

Performances, Recordings, Composition

Respondents were asked about recording credits, composing credits, and number of shows performed, and could select within a range of "0" to "more than 100" for each question. The number 50 was the mid-range in the survey's choices, and is also a relatable value to quantify the selected group's creative activity and output over time.

20%
… of this group had more than
50 composing credits (N=1065)
35%
… of this group had more than
50 recording credits (N=1018)
41%
… of this group played more than
50 performances in the prior 12 months (N=2022)

Music vs. Non-Music Income by Age

Music-related income as a total of gross income by age strata. Dashed line represents Gross Estimated Music Income (EMI) for this group.

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Primary Genres of This Group

Impact of Genre On This Group's Income

Where This Group of 4,453 Musicians Live

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