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How Do Musicians Earn a Living?

Posted by - 12:06 PM on 03/27/12
An awesomely thorough study on how musicians make money has been published by The Future of Music Coalition.
From the ArticleFor musicians that perform (which the majority of those studied consisted of), live performance is the essential revenue stream. In nearly every instance, a performing musician's annual income is highly dependent on the number of shows they played. Live performance is not only important because it is a creative choice (all of the subjects indicated that they enjoy playing music for live audiences), but because it is also a controllable source of income.

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12:08 PM on 03/27/12
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I put graphs and data like this together all day. I'll read this later...
12:11 PM on 03/27/12
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No surprises there
12:13 PM on 03/27/12
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Pretty interesting read
12:24 PM on 03/27/12
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As fans: Buy physical when you can, pirate when you can't, but always get to shows.
12:26 PM on 03/27/12
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Musicians earn a living? But they are supposed to be dead broke! Any band that makes a profit is clearly anti-DIY and not worthy.

12:28 PM on 03/27/12
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As fans: Buy physical when you can, pirate when you can't, but always get to shows.
I would also add promoting/recommending bands in respective manner to the always category.
12:34 PM on 03/27/12
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I would also add promoting/recommending bands in respective manner to the always category.

True that. That's why I post here and have my own blog. Good point. Although my friends know thar I'm the "music guy" so sometimes I get sick of recommending shit cause I feel like I'm being pretentious and annoying. I just want to tell then what I'm listening to is all. Usually I'll just play stuff while they're in my car and let them ask what it is.

But yeah I love recommending and sharing new music with people.
12:38 PM on 03/27/12
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It's clear how musicians make money. Everyone, listen to Reasonable Doubt.
12:46 PM on 03/27/12
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It's clear how musicians make money. Everyone, listen to Reasonable Doubt.

LOL. Throw on Super Tight by UGK right after.
01:12 PM on 03/27/12
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True that. That's why I post here and have my own blog. Good point. Although my friends know thar I'm the "music guy" so sometimes I get sick of recommending shit cause I feel like I'm being pretentious and annoying. I just want to tell then what I'm listening to is all. Usually I'll just play stuff while they're in my car and let them ask what it is.

But yeah I love recommending and sharing new music with people.
Yeah, I totally get what you are saying haha. There is definitely a fine line between recommending something in conversation and being overwhelming. For music lovers such are ourselves, we get stoked to talk music and sometimes it can be a bit much for those that are more casual listeners for lack of a better word. Unless there is a good time in conversation to bring something up, I will just shoot out a harmless tweet of something that caught my attention. I will also do something on my Facebook page for a band if they catch my attention and I need more characters than Twitter allows.
01:16 PM on 03/27/12
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Jason, this is awesome. Thanks for posting.
01:17 PM on 03/27/12
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Yeah, I totally get what you are saying haha. There is definitely a fine line between recommending something in conversation and being overwhelming. For music lovers such are ourselves, we get stoked to talk music and sometimes it can be a bit much for those that are more casual listeners for lack of a better word. Unless there is a good time in conversation to bring something up, I will just shoot out a harmless tweet of something that caught my attention. I will also do something on my Facebook page for a band if they catch my attention and I need more characters than Twitter allows.


Haha excellent and I do the same (except I don't have Twitter). Glad I'm not the only one with this 'prolem.'
01:30 PM on 03/27/12
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tl;dr needs more inforgraphics
01:59 PM on 03/27/12
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What about the sexy sax man, how does he make his money?

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