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What is your primary occupation (source of income)?

  • Band Director (College)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Band Director ( K-12)

    Votes: 4 3.8%
  • Repair Tech

    Votes: 3 2.9%
  • Instrument/Sheet/Uniform sales

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Choir Director

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Teacher of non-music subject(s)

    Votes: 4 3.8%
  • Symphonic Orchestra Performer

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Jazz Performer

    Votes: 2 1.9%
  • Performer of another genre (rock, country etc)

    Votes: 2 1.9%
  • Business owner

    Votes: 4 3.8%
  • Engineer

    Votes: 28 26.9%
  • Non-music sales

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Recording Profession

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other (Please specify)

    Votes: 51 49.0%
  • College student

    Votes: 2 1.9%
  • Teenage student

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Composer

    Votes: 2 1.9%
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I wonder how many folks here make their living in the music business. Please select your occupation from the poll.
 

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I make 100% of my income doing music and nothing but music. I'm a lucky guy.

Most of what I make is by playing pop music in a wide variety of styles from rock to blues to country to Latin American to Caribbean to whatever. The Sophisticats

I have a side business making aftermarket user styles for Band-in-a-Box. Norton Music

I've had two "day jobs" in my life. Neither one lasted all that long. I was testing out what normal was like, and I found normal to be sooooo overrated. So I went back to playing music.

It's been good to me. The mortgage is paid off, I have zero debt, and although I don't live a life of luxury, I have enough and I am leading a very happy life on my own terms.

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I'm a Cyber Security Subject Matter Expert for dayjob. Certainly helps pay for all my sax gear (mouthpieces) :)
 

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FWIW, there's already an ongoing thread that addresses this question (as I write this the thread is 44 pages long and includes nearly 900 responses).

 

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So I fall under Other (Please specify). How dreary the rest of us are.
 

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I make my living from the music business but you omitted it from the poll. I’m a composer.
Hi Pete! I have your Midnight in the Naked City (1&2). I really enjoy them! I got them at tamingthesaxophone.com and burned them to CD so I can listen in my car!
 

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Firmware engineer (essentially software that’s embedded in small devices). I work with electronics engineers, optical engineers, mechanical, and chemical engineers. My CS / Math degree is from UCLA back when dinosaurs roamed the planet (i.e. mainframe computers - UCLA had two IBM 360/91’s - the supercomputer of its day).

But, being that my parents and family escaped Eastern Europe during the era of the Soviet Union, I began my career as a translator of Russian scientific and military documents. I still do some translation work in a few languages. Like music, it’s a labor of love and there isn’t much money in it :)
 

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I've had day jobs, but it's been singing in Rock bands that has been the consistent "extra income" stream since 1986, although I was still at school when I started, I just played with people 10/15 years older than me. A 16 year old singing in a band of people in their late 20s or early 30s, luckily I looked older than I was or I wouldn't have gotten in to the venues!
I was forced to go on a disability pension when I was 33, so apart from the pension, singing has been my main source of self generated income, although I haven't had a gig for three years now. I moved 300+km away from where my bandmates live, and with this virus, there's been no gigs anyway. Things are looking up here in South Australia though, so hopefully we can start playing charity gigs for the Vietnam Vets monthly again to warm up, but for regular income I might have to go solo again, as I've done in the past from time to time. Problem is, I'm a bit limited in what I can play and sing at the same time, the guys say I can't walk and chew gum, so Rockabilly, Blues and Country it'll have to be! The town I live in now usually has rock'n'roll festivals and country music festivals, so it's not a bad place for going solo.
 

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For the past 30 years, Bail recovery and process server along with part time dog behaviorist/trainer. I've been playing part time gigs and busking off and on for 50 years, since I was an overconfident run away 13 year old. I was never really interested in being a full time musician.
 

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At present I earn my daily bread as a cybersecurity specialist according to my job description, or generalist according to my duties as a GS-14. I’ve been one to three years away from retiring for at least a dozen years now, and I’m still on schedule. One to three years from now I expect to be saying the same thing...
 

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Production designer for film, tv, and the odd commercial. I run the art department, which is responsible for, or oversees pretty much everything the camera sees that is not lightwaves, humans or animals (vehicles are a bit on gray area). That's like 2/3 of income, rest is various related stuff like prop manufacturing, prop rental, some set building or overseeing builds, little bit of teaching, prop graphics etc. Music is purely a hobby and I intend to keep it so.
 

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Used to be a mural and portrait painter, then had a stained glass business, then became a carpenter.
Hmm,... now that I see it written down it appears I am devolving. I'll probably be blowing insulation into attics pretty soon unless I cut a hand off or something............ knock on wood.
 

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Being a wife, mother, and grandmother I have no PRIMARY occupation. No husband during the week so my primary duties include; Maid services, appliance repair, wood splitting, chimney cleaning, basic auto service/repair, lawn care, driveway clearing using a Kubota 3130, you name it I do it.
Retired from being a band room aid, SpEd Parapro, Private Woodwind Instructor, and raising Suffolk, Dorset, and Jacob Sheep.
I also do consignment knitting, and provide paid child care for 2 of the 4 grandkids.
I guess my primary occupation is making sure my truck driving husband has nothing to do when he gets home time, and I'm damned good at it.
 

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I'm slightly confused by college student and teenage student.

(a) what if someone is a teenage college student? And who pays them to be that?

And business owner? What exactly is that? I have a publishing company which is obviously a business so should I tick that as well as composer. But then I also do recording. But I can only tick one box.
 
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