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NEA Releases More Findings From Jazz Survey

As we reported here in January, the NEA recently conducted a survey of jazz musicians in New York, Detroit, San Francisco and New Orleans that found-get this-that America’s intrepid improvisers are well educated but underpaid and lacking benefits. Shocking enough as it was already, the NEA just released the final chapters of Changing the Beat: A Study of the Worklife of Jazz Musicians, each loaded with new and surprising facts about jazz and the people who make it.

The two, new volumes of Changing the Beat, as well as the first, are available as PDF files at and everybody in the world is welcome to download each, free of charge. After all, it’s an NEA study-you’ve already paid for it! Be aware, however, that none of this is light reading. Volume II, which surveys 1,963 jazzers who claim membership in the American Federation of Musicians, is 93 pages long and Volume III, which surveys both union and non-union member jazz musicians, weighs in at 153 pages. There are also lots of charts and some charming pie graphs included in each volume for your own personal interpretation.

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