Just Plain Folks 2001 Member Demographics Survey

Here is the brand new member survey to find out who you are, what you like and dislike in the music industry, what you want and need and what you think about a variety of important topics. The survey isn't short, but it allows us to serve you better, and make your opinion and experiences count. This is a great way for you to help your fellow members choose the right resource, publication, retailer, gear, software and so on. It also allows us to better plan our free Roadtrips, and what to offer you during them. If you are not comfortable with a question, you can simply skip it. We must have a few questions answered, however, and those are in BOLD so you know which ones. Without that basic information, we can't process and add you to the group totals. We do not share information about individuals without permission directly from you, and we only post the final totals from the group when we are done (just like we did the last 2 years on the website.) This really is your chance to stand up and be counted, and over 50,000 people read last year's survey.

Note: If you are a non-USA member, please don't be discouraged by the number of US listed answers. We only posted the top responses from last year's survey, and because our membership was primarily US based, most companies/answers are from the US. However, in 2000, we added over 1000 International Members, and need your input to include responses that apply to your countries. We plan to pursue Just Plain Folks Chapters for every country that responds to our survey in 2001.

01. Please List Your Name

02. Please List Your Full Email Address (so we can verify your membership)

03. Please List Your City and State and Country

04. Please List Your Gender
Male
Female

05. Please List Your Age (We won’t tell anyone)

06. Please List The Number Of Years of Music Experience You Have

07. Please List Your Occupation In The Music Industry (Choose all that apply)

Songwriter
Live Artist/Performer
Studio Musician
Producer
Engineer
Record Label
Recording Studio
Publisher
Educator
Web Designer
Journalist
Management
Publicist
Internet Music Resource
Media (TV, Radio, Print)
Music Services Provider
Music Retailer (Non Net)
Music Retailer (Net)
Music Distribution
Promoter
Music Equipment Manufacturer
Music Industry Trade Organization
A&R Representative
Entertainment Attorney
Other (Please List)

08. Do You Have A Web Site? (If So, Please List Here)

Yes
No
I am currently developing a website

09. What Instruments Do You Play In Writing/Recording/Performing? (Choose All That Apply)

Vocals
Acoustic Guitar
Acoustic Piano
Electric Guitar
Midi/Electronic Keyboard
Electric Bass Guitar
Computer Program
Drums
Harmonica
Speciality/Ethnic/Latin Percussion
Mandolin
Flute
Violin/Fiddle
Clarinet
Acoustic Bass
Sax
DJ/Mix/Sampler Equipment
Banjo
Trumpet
Harp
Accordion
Cello
Tin Whistle
Recorder
Trombone
Dulcimer
Xylophone
Custom/Experimental
Other Strings
Other Brass
Other Woodwind
Other (Please List)

10. How much money will you spend in 2001 on Musical Instruments, Computers and Other Equipment and Supplies used for your music performances, writing and recording?

$0.00-500
$501-1000
$1001-1500
$1501-2000
$2001-2500
$2501-3000
$3001-3500
$3501-4000
$4001-5000
$5000-7500
$7501-10,000
$10,001-15,000
$15,001-20,000
$20,000-30,000
$30,001-50,000
$50,000-100,000
More Than $100,000

11. Do You Plan To Record And Release At Least 1 Album In 2001?

Yes
No

12. How Many Copies Of Your CD Release Do You Plan To Create?

0-10
10-100
101-500
500-1000
1001-2000
2001-3000
3001-4000
4001-5000
5001-6000
6001-7500
7500-10,000
10,001-12,500
12,501-15,000
15,001-20,000
20,001-50,000
More Than 50,001

13. Please Name the Specific Company You Plan To Have Manufacture Your CD (If You Have One In Mind, such as Discmakers, Oasis etc..)?

14. Which Music Organizations/Associations Besides Just Plain Folks Do You Belong To (Choose all that apply)?

TAXI
NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International)
NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences)
SGA (Songwriters Guild Of America)
AFM (American Federation of Musicians)
WAMA (Washington Area Music Association)
NCSA (Northern California Songwriters Association)
ISA (Indianapolis Songwriters Association)
Folk Alliance
SAW (Songwriters Association of Washington)
TSAI (Tennessee Songwriters Association International)
Indiegrrl
GMA (Gospel Music Association)
LAWIM (Los Angeles Woman In Music)
Other #1
Other #2
Other #3

15. What Performance Rights Organizations Do You Belong To?

ASCAP
BMI
SESAC
PRS
SOCAN
APRA
IMRO
GMA
SODAC
CADA
Bump Sterma
Other
None

16. Please Select ALL Music Industry Publications You Regularly Read In Addition To Just Plain Notes?

Billboard
Rolling Stone
Performing Songwriter
Mix
Guitar Player
Recording
Acoustic Guitar
Electronic Musician
Keyboard
Spin
Country Weekly
Music Connection
American Songwriter
Guitar World
EQ
Dirty Linen
Home Recording
Guitar
Music Row
Bass Player
Sing Out
Songwriter
Blue Chip Radio Report
Music Dish/Mi2N
CCM
Gig
EM2
Audio Media
Gospel Today
BAM
Southeast Performer
Musicians Atlas
Muses News
Pro Sound News
Other #1
Other #2
Other #3
None (I don't read any other publication regularly other than Just Plain Notes)

17. Please List Your 3 Favorite Music Industry/Songwriting Books? (Please Include Title and Author)

Favorite Music Book #1
Favorite Music Book #2
Favorite Music Book #3

18. Please List Your 3 Favorite Music Equipment Manufacturers?

Fender
Roland
Gibson
Yamaha
Martin
Alesis
Shure
Mackie
Korg
Taylor
Tascam
Peavey
Marshall
Takemine
Emu/Ensoniq
AKG
JBL
Mesa/Boogie
Sennheiser
Kurzweil
Guild
Jackson
Lexicon
Paul Reed Smith
Ovation
Rickenbacker
Digidesign
Akai
Steinway
Baldwin
Line 6
Washburn
Mark of the Unicorn
Tacoma
Casio
Sony
Digitech/DOD
Jensen
Gemini
Behringer
tc electronic
Veilette Guitars
Fostex
MTX Audio
Sound Bridge
Panasonic/Technics
SKB
Carver
dbx
Littlite
Apogee
BBE
Samson
Emagic
Oberheim
Sonic Foundry
Steinberg
Tech 21
Event Electronics
Other #1
Other #2
Other #3
No Preference

19. What Computer System Do You Use?

486 or Older Windows Machine
Windows 95/98 Pentium 1
Windows 95/98 Pentium 2
Windows 95/98 Pentium 3
Windows 95/98 Pentium 4
Windows NT/2000 Machine
Macintosh G3
Macintosh G4
Older Macintosh
AMD/Celeron/Cyrix or other Processor
WebTV or Similar
Any System Using Linux
Other Non Mac/Non Windows

20. Please List The Music Software Programs You Use In Making Your Music?

Cakewalk
Cool Edit Pro
Sound Forge
Finale
Acid
Easy CD Creator
Band In A Box
Cubase
Digital Performer
Musicmatch Jukebox
Performer
Logic Audio
Jammer
Pro Tools
Studio Vision
Mastertrax
Encore
Real Player/Producer
Mediaface
Toast
Time Bandit
Freestyle
Music Time
Waves
Sek'D
Bias Peak
Other #1
Other #2
Other #3
None (Or I Don't Use Software In My Music Creation)

21. Please List Up To 3 Music Equipment Retailers You Would Most Likely Purchase Your Music Equipment From?

Local Only Store In My Town (Please List)
Musicians Friend
Guitar Center
Sam Ash
Mars Music
American Music Supply
Full Compass
Thoroughbred
West LA Music
Sweetwater Sound
Manny's
Daddy's Junky Music
Music Center
Woodwind/Brasswind
L&M Music
Music123
Leigh's Computers
B&H Music
Other #1
Other #2
Other #3

22. How Many CD’s Do You Personally Buy Each Month?

0 (I never buy any CD's)
1 or less
2
3
4
5
6-10
10-15
More than 15

23. How Many Albums Have You Participated In Recording In Your Career?

0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
More than 10 (Please List Number)

24. How Many Songs Have You Written Solo?

Please Enter Total Number

25. How Many Songs Have You Co-written?

Please Enter Total Number

26. Do You Write?

Both Music and Lyrics
Music Only
Lyrics Only
Perform On Instrument Only
Do Not Write or Play Music

27. Are You A Published Songwriter?

Yes
No

28. Have You Ever Had A Recording Contract?

Yes, with a Major Label
Yes, with an Indie Label
Yes, with my own Label
No, but plan to in 2001
No, but am pursuing one
Not interested in a record deal

29. In Your Musical Project, Do You?

Play With A Band,
Play in a Duet
Perform Solo
Write For Others Only
Not Applicable

30. What Are Your 3 Primary Genres Of Music?

Pop
Rock
Country
Folk
Alternative
Blues
Contemporary Christian
R&B
Americana
Jazz
Gospel
Hard Rock
Instrumental
Classical
Rap/Hip Hop
New Age
Broadway/Theater
Contemporary
Dance
Latin
Techno/Electronica
Industrial
Bluegrass
Metal
Childrens
Opera
Celtic
Comedy
World
Gothic/Hardcore
Experimental/Performance Art
Spoken Word/Dramatic
Ethnic/Cultural
Orchestral/Soundtrack
Jingle/Commercial
Other #1
Other #2
Other #3
Not Applicable

31. Have You Posted Your Music On Line Via MP3 Or Similar Digital Format?

Yes
No

32. Have You Sold Any Digital Copies Of Your Music?

Yes
No

33. If Yes, How Many Units Have You Sold?

Total Number

34. If Yes, Please List The Top 3 Sites You List/Sell Your Digital Songs Files On?

Site #1
Site #2
Site #3

35. Have You Ever Bought A Digital Song On Line?

Yes
No

36. Is Your Music Available For Sale On Line Via CD/Tape?

Yes
No

37. Have You Sold Any Copies Of Your CD/Tape On Line?

Yes
No

38. If Yes, How Many Units Have You Sold?

Please List Number

39. If Yes, What Is The Average Price You Sell Your CD For?

We Give All Copies Away Free
Less Than 4 Dollars
5 Dollars
6 Dollars
7 Dollars
8 Dollars
9 Dollars
10 Dollars
11 Dollars
12 Dollars
13 Dollars
14 Dollars
15 Dollars
More than 15 Dollars

40. If Yes, Please List The Top 3 Websites You Sell Your CD On?

Music Sales Website #1
Music Sales Website #2
Music Sales Website #3

41. Have You Ever Bought A CD/Tape On Line?

Yes
No

42. If Yes, Please List The Sites You Have Bought Music On Line From?

Favorite Website to Purchase From #1
Favorite Website to Purchase From #2
Favorite Website to Purchase From #3

43. Please List Your Favorite Music Resource Web Sites (in addition to JPFolks.com)

Favorite Music Resource Website #1
Favorite Music Resource Website #2
Favorite Music Resource Website #3
Favorite Music Resource Website #4
Favorite Music Resource Website #5

44. Would You Be Interested In Participating In A Local Just Plain Folks Chapter?

Yes
No

45. If So, What Would You Like To See Such A Chapter Offer?

46. Please Name Your 3 Favorite Live Music Venues/Clubs in your area that support local musicians/artists? (include at least Venue Name and City/State/Country Please)

Favorite Local Music Venue #1
Favorite Local Music Venue #2
Favorite Local Music Venue #3

47. Would You Support An Official Just Plain Folks Music Venue In Your Town?

Yes
No

48. Please List Your Favorite Local Publications That Cover The Music In Your Town? (With City/State)

Favorite Local Publication #1
Favorite Local Publication #2

49. Would You Be Willing To Participate In A Volunteer Educational Music Program At One Of Your Local Schools?

Yes
No

50. Please List Any Local Radio Stations That Play Original Independent Music? (Please Include Call Letters, City/State)

Local Radio Station #1
Local Radio Station #2
Local Radio Station #3

51. Please List Your Favorite Local Recording Studio (Include Name, City/State)

Favorite Local Recording Studio

Please List Their Website (if available)

52. If we offered a Just Plain Folks Health Insurance Plan, would you be interested?

Yes
No

53. Who Would You Most Like To See Join Our Mentor Staff and Why?

Please Add This Person To The Just Plain Folks Mentor Staff

Here is why you should:

54. What Features Would You Most Like To See Added To The JPFolks Site?

55. What Programs Would You Most Like To See Added To Just Plain Folks?

56. What Do You Like The Most About Just Plain Folks?

57. What Would You Like Us To Change Or Improve, and How?

58. In Reality, To Offer Most New Programs, Just Plain Folks Would Need To Raise Money. How Would You Recommend and Prefer We Do That?

Membership Fee Of Some Type, How Much Would You Suggest?
Sponsorships, What Do You Have In Mind?
Grants/Donations, Please List The Resources/Contacts For Those?
Us Selling A Product(s), What Do You Have In Mind?
Other, Please explain what you have in mind?

59. For Those Who Have Been Members For While, What Was You Favorite/Most Helpful Article In The Newsletter This Past Year?

60. What Would You Most Like To See Articles On This Year?

61. If We Published A Just Plain Folks Book This Year, What Would You Like To See Included In It? (Articles, Member Photos, Recaps of Events etc..)

62. Would You Be Interested In Purchasing A Just Plain Folks Book If It Were Published?

Yes
No

63. If we offered a seminar/class in your area on the music industry, would you be interested?

Yes
No

64. If Just Plain Folks offered a Yearly Seminar in a Major City, would you be interested in attending? How much would you pay if the Seminar offered what you were looking for? 

Yes If so, please enter amount you would be willing to pay
No

65. What would you like a Large Music Conference/Seminar offer? 


66. What are your current favorite Large Music Conferences/Seminars/Festivals (such as Kerrville, TAXI Road Rally, Folk Alliance, SXSW, Nemo, Atlantis etc...) Please list name and city/state/country it is held.

Favorite Music Conference/Seminar/Festivals #1
Favorite Music Conference/Seminar/Festivals #2
Favorite Music Conference/Seminar/Festivals #3

67. If We Produce Just Plain Folks Member Music Compilation CD’s, which of the following would you be interested in?
2000 Music Award Winners/Nominees/Festivals
Monthly “Best Of” CD’s
Genre Specific CD’s with the Best of Each Genre
Audio Interviews with Industry Experts
Other (Please Explain).

68. If you have band mates or friends and contacts you think would enjoy being a Just Plain Folks member, please enter their email address and we will invite them to join us: (Please include your band mates if not all of you are on the group list!)
Email Address #1
Email Address #2
Email Address #3
Email Address #4

69. We traditionally End our surveys with Member Quotes about Just Plain Folks. This is important for us for use in marketing/promotions, press releases, quotes for the website and to get a feel for what you all think. If you have a quote to share with us, please enter it here. You just might end up in the press! Be sure to end it with your name so we can give proper credit! 

Thanks for Participating In The 2001 Just Plain Folks Member Demographic Survey!