Interview by Sara Kendall, Melinda Braathen, and Noah Reibel.
Kristin Thomson, from the Future of Music Coalition, joins us to discuss the report “Does Radio Airplay Matter?” The report is based on the findings of Artist Revenue Streams, a cross-genre examination of how US-based musicians’ revenue streams are changing, and why. Kristin discusses the future of radio, and asks: for musicians and managers, does radio matter? Kristin Thomson is also the co-owner of Simple Machines, an independent record label.
[…] The suit doesn’t surprise Kembrew McLeod, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa, and co-author, with economist and researcher Peter DiCola, of the book “Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling.” “‘Paul’s Boutique’ and other albums of that era are like ticking legal time bombs,” says McLeod, who also co-produced the acclaimed documentary “Copyright Criminals.” “For instance, in 2005, Run DMC was sued by the Knack for using ‘My Sharona’ for its song ‘It’s Tricky.’ And they were sued 20 years after the fact.” read more
Like The Ramones, many musicians would say, “It’s not my place (in the 9 to 5 world).” So then, how do they pay the bills? It’s become more complicated than ever in light of changes in the music industry, so the Future of Music Coalition launched the Artist Revenue Streams project, which examines how revenue streams are changing and why. Project co-director Kristin Thomson talks to Jim and Greg about their most recent data: five financial case studies profiling how different kinds of musicians make a living. There’s the Jazz Bandleader-Composer, the Indie Rock Composer-Performer, the Jazz Sideman-Bandleader, the Professional Orchestra Player and the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.
The Future of Music Coalition, a Washington, DC-based advocacy group for musicians, has recently been releasing results of an extensive study of revenue sources for today’s musicians. The project, called Artist Revenue Streams, included an online survey of over 5000 musicians, as well as extensive case studies of nine working musicians. Five case studies have been released so far.[…]
Every time you warble Don’t Stop Believin’ at karaoke or buy a poster of Justin Bieber represents a small handful of change in the music industry’s tipjar. In fact, the Future of Music Coalition has identified no less than 42 distinct revenue streams ranging from karaoke licensing to merchandise sales.
Christopher Bavitz talks with Future of Music Coalition’s Kristin Thomson about how/whether artists are making a living today.
Artists have always had a unique relationship with money. On one hand, the lack of it can be what holds them back from realizing their full creative potential. If art doesn’t pay the rent, a part-time job becomes a necessity. Before you know it, the part-time job becomes a full-time job, leaving little to no time for art. Sound familiar?
On the other hand lies the internal struggle of capitalizing on your creativity. For most artists, money isn’t the driving force behind creation ― it’s expression. But you know you have to eat, so you accept the “art as commerce” reality and just pray you don’t end up like KISS. Artists know they need money, but have a hard time accepting it, for fear that it will become the force that drives them. read more
It’s the age of the one-man band, but the picture looks different from days past. Along with the drum on a strap, and a harmonica on a metal brace, the performer now carries a laptop – and with that and an Internet connection, she or he records and distributes music, designs Web sites, and schedules tour dates.
To understand better the issues affecting how American musicians earn a living today, the Future of Music Coalition launched in 2010 Artist Revenue Streams, a multi-stage research project to document musicians’ revenue streams. Kristin Thomson, co-director of “Artists Revenue Streams,” shares the recently-released results with CCC’s Chris Kenneally as part of the Beyond the Book Podcast series. […]
When we interviewed Kristin Thomson back in October, the Future of Music Coalition was in the midst of a landmark research project designed to illuminate just how musicians make their livings in the 21st century. The earliest of those results have started to be published at money.futureofmusic.org, but Kristin Thomson and Erin Mckeown were kind enough to give us a walk through of some of their findings this morning. read more
[…] Thomson says she hopes the study will help music fans to better understand the financial realities that musicians are dealing with.
“Sometimes there’s assumptions about musicians that, ‘Oh, they’re all rich,’ or the opposite, ‘Oh, this is just a hobby for them, they should get real jobs,’” she says. “There’s huge assumptions made about musicians, based on people thinking about all musicians being rock stars or crazy artists. We hope that this work, on the biggest level, can humanize or demystify the musical community … to give a sense of the more nuanced take on the way musicians knit a career together.”