Making money as an independent artist is easy with the proper knowledge!
Despite what you may have heard from unsupportive nay-sayers. Earning money, & even living off of your music is easier now than ever before. Combining your abilities, hard work, & the right moves you will soon be on your way! Read on for way to live off of your talents!
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE MONEY IN MUSIC
There are many ways in which your music can make you money, including some you might think of which are not on this list. But here are a few ideas to get you started—and remember, the key is not to do just one, but pick a few that you think you can do, and start there.
Play live gigs. If you like to perform live, work on scheduling gigs for yourself at local venues. House shows are also increasing in popularity, and you’d be surprised at how well you can do there. Weddings can also be a great source of income.
Work on building your network & driving traffic to your booking info to secure the bag like a pro. See more about getting yours made here.
If you have an album recorded (and you should), bring records & merch to sell at every gig. (See merch creation here)
Be a musical freelancer- From creating instrumentals to doing background vocals (BGVs), there’s no shame in hiring yourself out for music gigs, live shows, even studio session work & ghostwriting can provide you with income & opportunity (A lot of successful artists today got their start by writing songs for others). Say yes to anything you might qualify for. There are musicians who stay busy make a good living just because they are willing to take whatever gigs come their way. This will also expand your network (Pro Tip-NETWORK=NETWORTH)
Sell features or beats. You can use your established & ever growing fanbase to leverage your worth on features or through instrumental/beat sales. For example, artists are constantly looking for features to boost their reach, as well as new beats/instrumentals to create with; the pay is instant, usually good, and sometimes residual. The point is,use your leverage in as many ways as possible to use your talents to gain income. Artists who are particularly good at this can sometimes even live on the residual income and royalties after awhile. (Having your own site w sales info is crucial here- click here for more on getting yours)
Monetize your songs. You can use your intellectual property to gain an income in any way you can.Make sure to upload your music to all platforms as well as secure your mechanical warranty for use of your work to ensure proper payment for your creative property. If you create original music, there are many other ways to get it publish/monetize besides just recording and selling it on iTunes. For example, music supervisors are constantly looking for songs to license and sync to TV, film and commercials; the pay is instant, usually good, and sometimes residual. The point is, find as many ways as possible to use your original music to gain income. Artists who are particularly good at this can sometimes even live on the residual income and royalties after awhile.
Dominate the Internet. Social media doesn’t always directly lead to income (although it can), but what it does is make your name and brand known, and if that results in more fans, it can result in more record & merch sales, as well as more streams. Establish a uniform social media presence for your fanbase to head to across all major platforms.One of the easiest places to earn income as a music artist is Youtube. Many of today’s music stars got their start by getting discovered on YouTube. In fact, going “viral” on YouTube can also mean more income because when videos reach a certain number of views, YouTube starts sharing advertising dollars with those users. So make the most of this. Learn how to use social networking to your advantage.
Sell merchandise. Your fans support you 100%. Give them something to purchase ( thereby supporting you) while receiving something which in turn will further promote you with. Pro tip- many big time artists bundle merchandise with songs or projects to increase sales( See Travis Scott Astroworld) . See more about merch creation here.
Bottom line—there are obstacles today, but there were different obstacles before now, and different obstacles before that. There will always be reasons why people say you can’t do it, but the ones who succeed are the ones who look for (and exploit) the ways they CAN do it.