09/04/11

Future of Music Coalition to Launch Survey

Project seeks input from artists across the music landscape

The national non-profit Future of Music Coalition (FMC), which focuses on education, research and advocacy for musicians, will soon launch the next phase of its Artist Revenue Streams project with a detailed online survey for musicians and composers. The survey is one part of a multi-method research effort to assess how musicians and composers are currently generating income from their music, performances and brand, and whether this has changed over the past 10 years.

Artist Revenue Streams (ARS) represents the first time a U.S.-based organization has conducted a research project that examines musicians’ revenue streams across all genres and roles. The results could provide musicians, the media and the music community at large with a comprehensive analysis of how musicians are being compensated in the digital age.

The project engages with a wide range of musicians, including jazz artists, Nashville songwriters, session musicians, touring rock artists, classical composers, hip-hop emcees and artists experimenting with direct-to-fan strategies through three research strategies: in-person interviews; financial case studies; and a wide-ranging online survey.

The online survey, which will be available from September 6 through October 28, will collect detailed information from thousands of U.S.-based musicians and composers about the ways that they are currently generating income from their recordings, compositions or performances, and whether/how this has changed over the past 10 years.

Information about the Artist Revenue Streams project has been presented at several recent music events, including SF MusicTech, Rethink Music, and the Societies' Council for the Collective Management of Performers’ Rights. The project will be discussed at other events throughout summer and fall, including the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit, which takes place at Georgetown University this October.

To sign up for an email alert to be notified when the survey is available to take and more information about the Artist Revenue Streams project, visit Future of Music Coalition/ARS.

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