How should I know how much touring musician make.
That’s a stupid question anyway.
I mean, think about it.
Does Joe Schmo artist XYZ make anywhere near the ballpark of what Taylor Swift or Rihanna make?
Of course not. The figures on these kinds of things vary so widely that we can’t generalize much at all.
And while the quote below is probably true for the top 1% of hit-making musicians out there, it is not universal.
Countless musicians naturally make more from music sales then from touring.
But what do I know?
But because the money is in ticket sales, not record sales, nonstop touring is the norm, and record making has to be fit into breaks in the grueling schedule.
-John Seabrook, The Song Machine