Auf der Maur Profile

A datapoint on the business models of artists from this profile of Melissa Auf der Maur: From the Sidelines to the Front Lines

Ms. Auf der Maur is a deeply committed bohemian, born to the phrase. Her father, who died in 1999, was a well-known journalist, politician and raconteur in Montreal and her mother, at 62, is an arts journalist with no retirement plan, who cheered her daughter’s plan to finance her own record, even when it meant she would spend just about every nickel she made during her time with Hole and the Pumpkins.

“When I told my accountant that I planned on financing my own record, he said I was crazy,” Ms. Auf der Maur said. “When I told my mother what I was going to do, she said, ‘Of course you are, that’s what money’s for.’ ”