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Q: Budgets of the MPAA & RIAA ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Budgets of the MPAA & RIAA
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: pde-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 16 May 2005 19:43 PDT
Expires: 15 Jun 2005 19:43 PDT
Question ID: 522436
I would like to know how much funding the MPAA and RIAA receive from
their members.  Ideally this should be the numbers themselves, though
indirect calculations or pointers to an offline/paid source for the
data might be sufficient.

Numbers for the MPA & IFPI get bonus points :)

Clarification of Question by pde-ga on 16 May 2005 19:51 PDT
Oh, there's a posted statement at that the RIAA budget was
$44 million in 2001.  Need a source for that though.
Subject: Re: Budgets of the MPAA & RIAA
Answered By: welte-ga on 17 May 2005 14:22 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Dear pde-ga,

Thanks for your question.  I have found sources of information for
both MPAA and RIAA, but am still working on the other two.  I would
suggest posting the MPA and IFPI as separate questions to increase the
likelihood of receiving an answer, as suggested by Pinkfreud.



From Dave Ralis' Pave the Grass column in Philly Burbs,
"They [members] pay $44 million in dues annually to belong to it,
according to tax records."

Because the RIAA is a not-for-profit (a point of bitter debate, given
their activities in recent years), their tax records are a matter of
public record.  The numbers in the article above are based on the 2001
tax return, and is likely the source for the number you quoted in your

This article also includes a wealth of financial information on the
RIAA, including how they spend their money, how much the RIAA top
brass make, lobbying expenditures, etc.

Dave Ralis' Pave The Grass column appears on Mondays. You can send him
an e-mail at or call him at 215-269-5051.



According to Broadcasting & Cable, the MPAA reported revenue of
$45,507,965 for the year ending 12/31/00.  The article (cited below)
includes information on salaries, including that of MPAA President
Jack Valenti  -  $1.15 million in 2000 - the highest of any 119
non-profit, tax-exempt media lobbies, professional societies, advocacy
groups and networks researched in the survey on which the article is

Broadcasting & Cable, Feb 3, 2003 v133 i5 p16(2)
"Valenti, sachs top association pay scales: tax returns tell who makes
what at media lobbies, trade and advocacy groups."


I hope this was helpful.  Feel free to request clarification.


pde-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Thanks muchly.  IFPI & MPA answers would be a 5th star.  But as
pinkfreud points out, this is inefficient bundling of research
questions :).

Subject: Re: Budgets of the MPAA & RIAA
From: pinkfreud-ga on 16 May 2005 19:51 PDT
If this were posted as two separate questions (one about the MPAA and
one about the RIAA) you would probably get better results. By bundling
together two research projects, you make it necessary for a single
Researcher to find an answer for both parts of the project in order to
receive any compensation. If this were two questions, two Researchers
could work on the projects simultaneously.

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