Consistent with a career vision that began when he was 12 years old, Jim Hudak continues to generate royalty income from his recordings and compositions. With nearly 30 of his recordings receiving ongoing airplay on DMX, Sirius, and XM satellite radio stations, (among other sources), his royalty income has increased substantially over the past 10 years. Several of the most performed songs are Jim's own compositions. They generate a higher "per performance" royalty than his recordings of cover songs. But even the non-original songs add to the royalties stream due to fairly recent changes in copyright laws pertaining to digital transmission of recordings. "Between SESAC, my long time performing rights organization who monitors my original music airplay, and Sound Exchange, who monitors airplay for all of the songs I've recorded, there's a decent infusion of royalty income developing," says Hudak. Since I was a kid, I would read about songwriters who received royalty checks every quarter, and I said to myself 'that's what I want.' It's nice to have the childhood vision I've clung to all these years paying off. The three primary ingredients for what I wanted to be when I grew up haven't changed: a performing, recording, and composing artist. I feel so lucky to have managed to do that." To be sure, performing is still Hudak's bread and butter. Most weeks he performs at least four times, often as much as eight times or more. "It can be labor intensive," he says, "which makes the recording and composing income all the sweeeter. After all, that income comes from work that's been done and completed in the past, whereas performing requires ongoing committment and energy virtually every day." Part of Hudak's joy in earning a good living as a musician is to be able to act as a role model for young musicians. "Musicians take a bad rap a lot of times for choosing an occupation that is driven mainly by the heart. And while the desire, the drive, and the need to create should in fact be the primary motivating factors for an artist, I've always said you can do well financially with it,too, providing you're truly dedicated to your craft. It's fun to be approached by so many young people who gather hope and inspiration just by seeing someone who's managed to pull it off. I always tell them that if they have a reasonable amount of talent and a whole lot of ambition that they can make it work." Hudak's plans for recording a new batch of songs has been delayed. "Just too much other stuff going on right now," he says. But expect new music and recordings from him to emerge eventually. He suggests "it'll happen when it's meant to happen." When it does, the world's satellite radio stations, iTunes, and all the other music providers in today's rapidly evolving music industry will have additional music from Jim Hudak to sort through and hopefully make available to the masses. Stay tuned.

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