Here's a question: How do musicians that don't actively perform or record, support themselves? How do they pay the bills, put food on the table? I'm thinking of course of Andy and Colin who, according to them, didn't receive any money from their record contracts.
Writing for others, playing with and for others, royalties, reissues etc. I can only guess if you are/were the songwriters and your stuff is still getting played, used or sold, then it's a bit more lucrative than you would expect. If I've got that wrong, then I've no idea. From what I've read, being skint or doing very nicely thank you, varies considerably depending on your viewpoint.
Thanks for the answer, donavan. From comments that Andy has posted online he has made it sound (to me) that no one in the band was/is getting more than a pittance for their work. And not knowing how the recording industry works, I was not aware that other activities could provide a livable income.
teaching is an important gig for many of the musicians i know; private lessons, public schools, community colleges, universities, you name it. i'm not sure exactly what you mean by "actively perform", but again most of the musicians i know play as many gigs as they can possibly fit into their schedules, which include all the teaching gigs as well. really the answer to your original question is "anything and everything", as a matter of survival.
you've seen that wrecking crew documentary, right peggs? so you know how the recording business became this thing that was structured in a way to afford a comfortable living for only a very small fraction of working, not to say creative, musicians.
Agreed, cicadashell. In the broader world of the creative arts, teaching is a main means of support for many artists. The film touched on that, if I recall.
By actively perform, I mean: playing live, playing on someone else's recording (Colin playing on Anton Barbeau's song), writing music for others, and the like. Does the income generated by these activities, intermittent as they may be, offer a singular means of support for a musician?
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