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Just Plain Folks Membership Profile:

Here are the results of the January 1999 Just Plain Folks membership survey!

1. Gender of members:

Males ...................................50.8%
Females ...............................49.2%

Ed. Note: This makes us the #1 most gender balanced music organization in the world! This also gives Just Plain Notes the highest percentage of female readership of any music industry publication. (#2: Perf. Songwriter app. 35%)

2. Average age of members:

Males ....................................36.7
Females ................................32.2

3. Years in the music business: 14.6

4. Occupations in Industry (can choose more than one)

Songwriter ......................93.5%
Live Artist ...........................75.9%
Studio Engineer ..................17.5%
Publisher .............................16.8%
Educational .........................12.9%
Record Label .......................12.3%
Artist Management ...............7.1%
Media/Journalist ....................7.1%
Publicist/PR ..........................6.5%
Producer ................................3.3%

5. Members having web sites:

Yes ......................................46.1%
No .........................................41.1%
In Process ..............................12.9%

6. What instrument do you play/use in recording/writing/performing?

Vocals .................................76.6%
Guitar .....................................66.8%
Piano/Keyboards ...................56.5%
Bass Guitar ............................20.1%
Computer Program ................13.0%
Sax ...........................................6.5%
Flute .........................................5.8%
Harmonica ...............................5.1%
Trumpet ...................................4.5%
Clarinet ....................................3.9%
Mandolin .................................3.9%
Violin/Fiddle ...........................2.9%
Banjo .......................................2.6%

7. How much will you spend on music equipment in 1999?

Average per Member .............$5,305.19

Ed. Note: With our current membership, this translates into 1999 musical instrument purchases of over 10 Million Dollars. With current growth rates, that amount could surpass 30 Million Dollars for 1999!

8. Do you belong to at least one other Music Industry/Songwriting Organization?

Yes ......................................38.8%
No ..........................................61.2%

9. Which Performance Rights Organization do you belong to?

None .....................................52.6%
BMI .........................................24.7%
ASCAP ...................................19.5%
SESAC .....................................1.3%
PRS ...........................................1.2%
Other .........................................0.6%

10. Do you plan to record an album for 1999 release?

Yes .........................................85.7%
No ............................................14.3%

Ed. Note: This means we will easily see over 2000 CD's released by Just Plain Folks in 1999 alone!

11. What future benefits (Only top 15 listed) are you most interested in?

1. Searchable Web Page bios/pics on JPFolks.com for all members
2. Member Discounts and Promotions on Music Equipment and Services
3. Just Plain Folks CD Compilations
4. Just Plain Folks Internet Radio station playing member releases
5. Just Plain Folks Songwriter/Industry Seminars
6. Just Plain Folks Regional Performance Showcases
7. Co-op CD Purchasing and Distribution (to help chart member releases)
8. Legal Services offered through Just Plain Folks legal staff
9. Just Plain Folks CD Sales and Distribution Channel
10. Just Plain Folks Record Label/Publishing Co-op
11. On Line Member Chats
12. Just Plain Folks Member Promo and PR services.
13. Monthly Member Schedules for worldwide performances
14. Packaged Recording Offers from Member Studios
15. Just Plain Folks Magazine Column in National Publication

Ed. Note: All of these ideas are planned for the future of Just Plain Notes, and will be dependent on Corporate and Industry Partners, and continued growth.

12. Please list all industry publications you read in addition to Just Plain Notes?

None .............................................26.6%
Billboard .........................................25.3%
Rolling Stone ..................................18.8%
Musician .........................................11.6%
Mix ...................................................9.7%
Guitar Player .....................................9.0%
Perf. Songwriter ...............................8.4%
Keyboard ..........................................7.7%
Elec. Musician ..................................6.4%
Acoustic Guitar .................................5.1%
Country Weekly ................................5.0%
Guitar ................................................4.6%
Spin ...................................................4.5%
Recording ..........................................3.9%
Am. Songwriter ................................3.8%
Guitar World .....................................3.7%
AudioMedia US ................................3.2%
EQ .....................................................3.1%
CCM ..................................................3.1%
Music Connection ..............................2.9%
Songwriter .........................................2.5%
Dirty Linen .........................................2.0%

13. Please list your favorite Musical Instrument Manufacturers?

None ..............................................37.6%
Roland ..............................................19.4%
Yamaha ............................................13.6%
Fender ..............................................12.9%
Gibson ................................................9.0%
Alesis ..................................................8.4%
Mackie ................................................7.2%
Peavey ................................................7.1%
Martin .................................................7.1%
Tascam ...............................................5.8%
Shure ..................................................4.5%
Korg ...................................................4.0%
Marshall .............................................3.3%
Emu/Ensoniq .....................................3.3%
Taylor .................................................3.2%
JBL .....................................................3.2%
Digidesign ..........................................2.6%
Ovation ...............................................2.5%
Mesa/Boogie .......................................2.5%
Paul Reed Smith .................................2.0%

14. Please list up to 3 Retailers you would most likely make your purchase from?

No Preference ...............................47.4%
Local Mom/Pop .................................45.4%
Guitar Center ......................................16.2%
Sam Ash ............................................10.3%
Musicians Friend ..................................8.4%
Mars Music ..........................................6.5%
Sweetwater Sound ...............................3.9%
Full Compass ......................................3.9%
Am. Music Supply ..............................2.6%
Music Center .......................................2.0%
Music Unlimited .................................1.9%
West LA Music ..................................1.9%
Only Guitar .........................................1.3%
Mannys ...............................................1.3%
Thoroughbred .....................................0.6%

15. Would you be willing to get involved in your communities education system under the Just Plain Folks Banner?

Yes ...................................................68.8%
No ......................................................31.2%

Ed Note: We hope to roll out some education seminars for schools later in the year. I am very pleased at the support of members to give back to their local communities. The number would have been even higher, except some members disqualified themselves because they are already educators, or felt they were too inexperienced to qualify. It is clear that Just Plain Folks will have a great impact on the future of music in the world through sharing experiences and educating new talent!

16. Would you be willing to organize and run a local chapter of Just Plain Folks?

Yes .................................................51.6%
No ....................................................48.4%

Ed. Note: Wow! Over 50% are willing to do the work of starting and running a chapter, and another 30% said they would participate if one was started in their area!

17. What was your favorite Issue of Just Plain Notes in 1998?

Issue 1.9 Nashville Special Issue

18. What was your favorite story from Just Plain Notes 1998?

Issue 1.14 Susan Gibson Interview

Thanks to all who participated in this survey! I appreciate the time and thoughtfulness each of you put into your answers. You efforts will help shape the future of Just Plain Folks, and focus our attention on the issues and activities that are most important to all of us!

"We're all in this together!"