Philosophy

Many corporations that claim to have "strong values" undermine them behind the scenes, so we’re asking you not to trust our word alone. We are actively looking for new ways to hold ourselves accountable to our values, and these statistics represent our first efforts to do so.


Musician income

As of Q2 2016. Updated quarterly.

Since Jan. 2013 Only Q1 2016 Only Q2 2016
Mean income, per musician, per event $113 $130 $132
How often musicians make under $50 17.9% of events 12.9% of events 13.3% of events
How often musicians make over $150 24.0% of events 27.9% of events 32.3% of events
Note: Since groupmuses still work mostly on cash donations, we rely on self-reporting from musicians for this data. To date, we have data from 67.8% of all groupmuses that have ever happened.

Groupmuse expenses

As of Q2 2016. Updated quarterly.

Median salary of Groupmuse team members $2000 per month
Number of salaried team members 3
Other overhead costs Under $3000 per month

Musician income goals

Right now, our musician pay benchmarks are $150 per musician at the high end, $100 as the usual expectation, and $50 as an absolute minimum. These numbers come from the current pay numbers musicians are getting, and they don’t reflect what we believe is fair pay for musicians. We are constantly working to achieve fair pay for musicians playing groupmuses, and we know that only the musicians and the audience members can decide what’s fair. We’ll continue to gather feedback on this from everyone who participates in groupmuses. For now, we are committed to guaranteeing at least $50, and hopefully more, to each musician per event by the end of 2016. Doing this right will require changes to our technical product (transitioning to digital payments) and consistent revenue, but we’re committed to getting there by the end of the year.

We try to balance musician pay with audience experience and accessibility by:

  1. Matching ensemble sizes to audience sizes appropriately (e.g. when searching for an ensemble for a groupmuse of 18 attendees, we’ll match them with a soloist, not a string quartet. We also communicate this intention to musicians.)
  2. Recommending a minimum attendee payment that should be both affordable for guests and fair to musicians. Right now that recommendation is at least $10 per guest.

When Groupmuse directly pays musicians (for example, at Massivemuses or Groupmuse at Work), we will never pay less than $100 (and usually pay more).

We are publishing these numbers so that our community can help hold us accountable. If you are a musician or other community member and think we should change our practices, please write us at [email protected] and start a conversation!