Artist Revenue Streams: Participation

Artist Revenue Streams

How Musicians and Composers can Participate

FMC is encouraging as many US-based musicians and composers as possible to participate in this study. Here are four ways you can take part in this ground-breaking work.

Interview | Financial Case Studies | Take the Survey | Promote the Survey

1. Interview Candidate

Open: now until December 2011

In the stage of this project, FMC is conducting in-person interviews with a small but diverse set of musicians, songwriters and composers to collect information about the ways they are currently generating income from music or performances, and whether this has changed over the past ten years.

The interviews are done in-person, via phone or Skype, and take about an hour. We record the conversation and have it transcribed so we can code it later. We have an informed consent form that outlines responsibilities and risks. There is a small stipend available for interviewees to compensate you for your time.

If you’re interested in participating in an interview, click here to take a 14-question qualifying survey so we can learn more about your role as a musician or composer. We cannot interview everyone who contacts us, but we review all the submissions and contact candidates who match our musician type lists.

For more information about interview process, goals, and outcomes, read this FAQ

2. Financial Data Review

Open: now until December 2011

We are also conducting financial document reviews to help us understand individual musicians’ financial picture over the last ten years. Actual financial data can help us to quantify the amount of revenue generated in different categories, and changes from year to year with much more accuracy than just an interview with an artist. These are being presented as case studies with an individualized narrative/assessment that focuses on the reasons for fluctuations or changes in their revenue from year to year. 

We know this is very sensitive information, and we treat the process with the utmost confidence. We aren’t reporting the raw numbers – we simply want to calculate the ratios between different revenue streams, and whether those ratios have changed over time.

If you are interested in showing us financial data, we will work directly with you to plug specific numbers from ASCAP/BMI statements, royalty statements, digital music sales and other documents into our financial template. Anonymity is guaranteed for anyone who requests it, any financial information is anonymous and not identifiable with any particular artist, band or label.

3. Take the Online Survey

Open: September 6, 2011 - October 28, 2011

FMC created an online survey that asked US-based musicians and composers of all types to answer questions about their musician-based revenue, and how it has changed over time. The survey used skip logic to create a survey experience that matched the subject’s role (songwriter, composer, performer) and recognized the differences in how various communities operate and how creators are compensated. FMC put the survey in the field from September 6 to October 28, 2011 to capture information about musicians’ revenue streams for 2010 and prior. Thousands of musicians and composers completed the survey. Learn more about the survey protocol.

4. Promote the Survey in your Community

Open: September 6, 2011 - October 28, 2011

High participation rates were CRITICAL for this survey to have a big impact, so we counted on musicians and organizations nationwide to help us spread the word. We urged musicians and composers of all types to complete the survey, but we also encouraged musicians to tell to band mates, label mates, orchestra friends, writing partners and musical peers to do the same.  We built an online resource center that included suggested Facebook and Twitter updates, PSAs, posters, flyers, press releases and other items to help this thing go viral.


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