77 Ways to Make Money with Music
77 Ways to Make Money with Music
Be as Creative in Making Money as You are in Your Art!
As I was younger, I always thought there is no money in art or music. But now I think, there are many ways to make money with music. You just have to be as creative in making it as you are in your making art.
I made this list for myself and for you. I hopefully give you some ideas you haven’t already thought of yet. I came up with these ideas in this exact order:
- Give a concert.
- Play on street.
- Give private instrument lessons.
- Become a music teacher at a public school or at an university.
- Make a CD and sell it.
- Sell a song on iTunes.
- Make money as a DJ.
- Produce another band or artist and reserve the rights on the music to constantly earn as their songs get played on TV or radio.
- Make a website about music and monetize it.
- Compose a soundscape for an airport or another public place like Brian Eno did.
- Build a recording and/or mixing studio and rent it to other artists.
- Become a mixing engineer and work self-employed or for a big recording label.
- Work as a film composer and compose music for film, radio or television.
- Become a programmer and develop plugins or other programs for musicians like this one.
- Make a sample library for kontakt and sell it.
- Become a studio musician and work as a freelancer.
- Compose and develop adaptive music for games.
- Become a musician in a public orchestra.
- Give courses in music therapy.
- Make an interactive sound installation for an exhibition at a museum.
- Work as a pianist at a restaurant.
- Compose a piece of music, go to a big building and ask them, if they need some 21st century elevator music.
- Work at a company like Massive Music to compose and produce for television and radio advertisement spots.
- Build musical instruments.
- Buy instruments or microphones cheap and sell them more expensive. I actually know a guy who makes a living from it.
- Build an online music school and sell memberships.
- Write a book about a musical topic and sell it.
- Become a background singer at a musical.
- Become a live sound engineer to work at festivals.
- Develop a really good ear and some other skills to become a piano tuner.
- Compose a jingle and convince a company to invest in sound branding.
- Work as a journalist or editor at a magazine like sound on sound.
- Become a copyist.
- Become really good at arranging to make arrangements for other composers.
- Make some videos of you playing a coversong, put it on YouTube and earn money as a partner of YouTube.
- Play the organ at your local church.
- Become a choral conductor like Erik Whitacre and make money from concerts or sales of your music.
- Produce hip hop beats and put them up for sale on a platform like Beatswagger.
- Use technology to develop a new form of instrument and sell it.
- Become handy in repairing instruments and offer your craft.
- Study acoustics and architecture to design concert halls and recording studios.
- Go up to a shop and offer your musical expertise to put together a pool of music that will influence customer in a positive way.
- Form a cover band and play on every fitting occasions.
- Search for undiscovered musical cultures and write a report about it.
- Make a band and compete at a band contest t win the trophy money.
- Collect lots and lots of old musical instruments and open a museum.
- If you have a good deal of gear you could make money in renting them to others.
- Join the army to play in a military band.
- Become a orchestral conductor and swing your baton.
- Write a catchy Christmas song and enjoy making money year after year.
- Interpret music in a way without precedent like john cage did and earn money with silence.
- Compose avant-garde music and get funded by the government.
- Try to break the world record in some kind of musical performance. For example, You could play the longest ongoing didgeridoo note ever and make money on the publicity.
- Teach others on how you succeed with 53.
- Become a public speaker to inspire people with a musical topic.
- If you get really skilled in working with sample libraries and samples you can make
mockups for other composers.
- Record karaoke tracks to sell them to a karaoke bar.
- Make a remix of a song.
- Take over the music industry like Apple did with iTunes.
- Organize a Festival.
- There are million ways to make money with music indirectly like merchandise.
- Work at a mastering studio as an engineer.
- Look for valuable vinyl records and sell them for higher prices as you buy them.
- Open a music shop.
- If you have enough gear you could open a private school for live sound engineering.
- Work as a songwriter and sell your songs to other people.
- Program an app for the IPhone or Android that entertains people in a musical way.
- Make a music game like guitar hero.
- Look for people that would pay for their own personal composition.
- Build a roller organ and play on street.
- If you own a bar turn up the volume of your sound system so that people will buy more beer.
- Owning a pub you can also hire a popular band and benefit from more visitors.
- Build a fanpage of your favorite band and earn money from merchandise and advertising.
- Write simple tunes for a beginning piano book for kids.
- Find out the secret of what makes a number one hit and write a book about it.
- Make a long mixtape for a radio night show.
- Combine the next music video of your band with some form of advertisement you get paid for.
I hope you enjoyed reading my 77 ways to make money with music. If another possibility popped up in your head while you were reading please share.
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