— 2013 — Jul 25

How we make money from music

by Anton Schwartz


Did you know that a recording artist gets paid when his/her performance is played on satellite radio, but not when it’s played on FM radio? The composer of the song gets paid regardless.

That is the very tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many fine points of how musicians and composers are paid for the sale & broadcast of their work.

If you want to see how much you know about money sources for performers and composers, a group called the Future of Music Coalition has a terrific set of quizzes… with levels ranging from “Easy” to “Expert.” What’s great is that whenever you get an answer wrong they give you a wonderful, concise tutorial on the subject.

The Quizzes: Music and Money


  1. N. Felder says:

    I just sent a link to this blog post to my husband as he’s a professional saxophonist. He’s breaking into the industry and we’re grabbing great resources as they come. He currently is on his second album. Thanks.

  2. tommy benson says:

    I am interested in taking the survey, as I work extremely hard many hours, performing, teaching, and producing a jazz radio show in Southern California…and everyone else seems to be making money off of me….please help

    • Just click the link that says “The Quizzes: Music and Money”, Tommy. I hope you find it useful.

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