He plays as a salaried member of multiple bands, and also derives significant income from solo performances. He writes, sells CDs, does session work, occassionally teaches, and seems like he’s on the road non-stop. And he also doesn’t have health insurance.
Sound familiar? This isn’t every indie music composer or performer, but it is a profile of a very serious and active one. The individual, who will remain anonymous, was recently profiled in a detailed case study about different types of musicians by the Future of Music Coalition. This exhaustive breakdown lists every source of income and every expense between the years of 2008 and 2011. The only thing it lacks is hard dollar figures, based on privacy agreements. Take a look.