To get the most bang for your listening buck, you should sign up to all the listed sites. This way, you can listen to just one song and review it multiple times on each site. Remember to change your actual review text as you hop from site to site.
The music you create, and the brand you establish are valuable assets. It’s why you saw a handful of large independent labels get bought out by larger labels and investment companies in 2015 and 2016. Understand what you have. A recorded asset, a publishing asset, lyrics, and something that can monetize in dozens of ways listed below. So an asset is something that if nourished can provide money for an eternity, and can make you money while you are sleeping.
Mike has written for Making Music magazine, International Musician, Hypebot, and American Songwriter, and has been quoted in NPR Morning Edition, the Huffington Post, Billboard, The Boston Globe, Wired, CNN, the Boston Phoenix, The Chicago Tribune, Music Connection, and Muso. He’s also presented at MIDEM, CMJ, SXSW, NAMM, NARM, SF Music Tech, Futures of Entertainment @ MIT, and Music 2.0. Read Less
I consulted this book for its sections on promotion and publicity, which are very helpful, but found a lot more of value. Overall, a great starting point if you want to find out about the way the business works, and all the different ways music can be sold. Very clearly written and logically presented.
Of course ticket sales are a huge revenue stream for your band. But did you know the PRO’s ASCAP and BMI have systems in place where you can collect a royalty on each live performance by submitting your setlist?
[…] When they go to promote music, it’s now possible for an unsigned artist to instantly reach a wide audience that they have built online. Despite the advantages provided by the internet, promoting music online can still be one of the […]
While its written as more of a basics run-down of the marketing side of the industry, I feel like the content is relevant to the DIY artist in general as it demystifies some of the more convoluted aspects of how a record goes from being written to being purchased (or at least heard)
The merch inventory and point of sale tracking platform, AtVenu has calculated that for venues 500-1,000 capacity, the average dollar per head (DPH) is $3.65. That means, if you have 100 people at your show, you should make AT LEAST $365 on merch. If you don’t, you are falling below average.
Knowing how tough it is for young musicians to fund their band, I wondered how much does it cost to start a band? It’s more expensive than I imagined. $15,000 USD (about £12,000 GBP) was what I came up with based on the costs of collective gear, rehearsal space, website and hosting, photography, design, learning to play, merchandise, first CD pressing, etc. This doesn’t include transportation, living expenses, touring, promotion, and advertising costs. It’s a lot of money for a group of four or five people to come up with, and the expenses keep snowballing every month. The next question is how to make money with music online, at shows, and from other sources. Below, I’ll explain my approach and best tips for how to make money from your music and fund your band.
Since the courses at Udemy are offered through video, it is important to have a recording device such as a video camera or other online recording software that you can use to film your lectures and then upload them on the site. You do not have to be nervous about being in front of the camera because you will get the hang of it after some time. To have a better response to your videos have a plan on the topics you will cover as part of the music course so that it adds value to interested students. Some of the music course categories that you can teach on Udemy include music software, musical instruments, music production, music techniques, vocals and music fundamentals among others.
Earning money on Skype using your musical skills is quite easy if you have an account on the site. Even so, setting up an account on the internet telephony site is simple as you only need to download the application to your computer or handheld device to start using it. You can offer virtual lessons to students from all over the world from the comfort of your home. All you need is a good working computer and reliable internet connection to start offering voice lessons to interested students of all ages.
In this article, we’ll be covering eight specific marketplaces where musicians can make real money in a variety of ways. Rest assured that these ideas won’t be tired old suggestions like “use Craigslist” or general advice like “just gig more.” These are technology-driven online resources, and they’re working for thousands of musicians. Now, it’s your turn.
[…] not be the entirety of your strategy to grow your email list. Instead, it should be one aspect of a larger music promotion strategy. So maybe you use Facebook ads to get in front of new fans, but you also have an email form on your […]
If you’re a new musician or band and don’t have much experience playing live, it might be a good idea to take what you can get for practice and even small amounts of exposure. Don’t play too many shows out of your hometown early on – it’s important to build your local fanbase before branching out.
Overall, securing a work at home job for those that love music is possible, as long as you find the right online opportunities and deliver satisfactory work. Apart from the jobs listed above, there are others that are more specific in terms of the work that needs to be done, so all you have to do is keep your eyes open and you will soon be making money from them. Some of the best ways to get musically related jobs is to sign up for job alerts on sites that usually display home based jobs and also offer information on the best way to apply for them successfully.
You don’t have to write lengthy reviews or fill out feedback forms. Just listen for 30 seconds and move on to the next sample. If you like a track, you can click “Fan.” If you want to support the band, you can leave a tip. When you get to $20 you can request payment via PayPal. For details, click here.
Learn the basics behind marketing and selling your music! Music Marketing 101 provides artists, managers, and business entrepreneurs with the foundational music marketing skill set they’ll need to succeed and thrive in the new music business.
Many completely independent musicians are making six figures a year getting songs placed on TV shows, commercials and films – without a label or manager. It’s possible to do. But there is a way to go about it and you have to know exactly HOW to pitch licensing companies, ad agencies, music supervisors and movie producers and exactly WHICH of your songs to pitch. Most times songs that work for TV dramas do not work for commercials.
We all use social media. If you’re not on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter these days, it’s almost like you don’t exist. However, you may not be using social media to it’s full potential to promote your music.
The good news however, is if you’re willing to put in the work, it’s possible to learn how to market your music. There are plenty of guides which show you how to do that on both Music Think Tank and on my site Music Industry How To.
This book is an extremely fun and insightful read, written by the Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. How Music Works dives into what makes music catchy, and how musicians adapt their music to different venues and mediums. A great read if you want to learn about the business but want a more “leisurely” read.
It’s important to only ask for what you need, as too many fields can reduce the conversion rate for mailing lists. In addition to asking for the email address, consider asking for a phone number for text message marketing, and a zip code to determine a subscribers city within the U.S.
Luckily for me, I found an easy way around that about a year ago. Instead of trying to learn crazy web languages or graphic design, I started search for nontechnical ways to make money online. This led me to taking paid surveys online.
Air Gigs is especially for Studio Musicians, Mixers, Recording Engineers, and other recording professionals. They provide a marketplace and community for professionals who are working in their own studios and wish to sync up with others. Online collaboration can help to bring new heights of creativity and success as well as an additional income stream for Session Musicians, Sound Designers and Audio Engineers.
How Music Works is David Byrne’s incisive and enthusiastic look at the musical art form, from its very inceptions to the influences that shape it, whether acoustical, economic, social or technological. Utilizing his incomparable career and inspired collaborations with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and many others, Byrne taps deeply into his lifetime of knowledge to explore the panoptic elements of music, how it shapes the human experience, and reveals the impetus behind how we create, consume, distribute, and enjoy the songs, symphonies, and rhythms that provide the backbeat of life.
She was happy to let our readers have it, but we didn’t get round to posting it until now as we are still busy redesigning the site and preparing more great stuff that we will be adding when we have the makeover – we’re hoping that will be at some point in September. Thanks for putting up with our delays. Oh, and I am on holiday a lot with my kids too!
Simply click through the options, message the artists, and repeat the process as many times as you need. These recommendations can be great ways to find new musicians, especially if you’re using this method from your own page, because that means there’s some fanbase overlap and you can increase the perceived value of the event among ticket buyers.
HIP Video Promo, Rive Video, and Trendsetter are my favorites. I’ve personally used all three. They are talented hard working people, and they an get your music video out there online, closed network, and broadcast. Furthermore this will generate more performance royalties for you, not to mention expose your music to huge audiences.
This book is regarded as the music industry “bible.” It’s both comprehensive and informal, meaning it covers the key components of the music industry in-depth while still being an entertaining read. This book is a must-have resource that you’ll constantly reference when questions arise.
[…] the platform, it’s still only one part of your promotion strategy. If you want to effectively promote your music, you need to be thinking big picture and start getting your social followers to go deeper by […]
This is a crazy long list. Don’t have too many distractions for your customers, however at least make them aware of each option sometime during your album cycle. The 80/20 rule proves that 80% of your income will come from 20% of these revenue streams. Therefore when asking the customer to buy or stream, the best bet is to focus on the top two or three streaming outlets, top two MP3 Outlets, Top two Physical Outlets. Also you can use an infographic to steer your audience where you want them to purchase.
If you want to promote your music, it isn’t just about sharing things with your fans. You also want to reach out to new audiences and convert them to fans. And music blogs are a great way to do that. Bloggers are always looking for fresh, new content, and the cool thing is, there are a ton of smaller blogs that are totally within your reach as an indie artist. Blogs also tend to have a pretty niche following. This means that if your music is run on a blog, it’s guaranteed to be seen by people who already like the genre!
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This book presents a step by step integrated approach to marketing which leverages the new music marketing opportunities available for musicians and managers and the best practices for traditional outlets that still matter.
Gigs are a great place to promote your new album or song. Tell your fans that you’ll be premiering a new song (or the whole album if you want to go all out) before it’s released. Choose one local gig and turn it into an event. Maybe fans who come to that show will be able to buy the album at your merch booth before anyone else.
Giving your opinion on the latest album or single that has been released by your favorite artist can earn you money. Artists are always seeking feedback on their songs to gauge whether they will be acceptable to fans once released to the masses. In most cases, that feedback is paid for by sites that offer them online platforms to upload their music. Popular sites such as Slice the Pie and Music xray give new musicians an opportunity to get their songs listened to and reviewed and they get paid for it. As a reviewer, you also get paid for listening to the music and sending in a comprehensive assessment.
We don’t want to equate music sales to buying electronics, shoes, or clothes. The point I want to make is that the consumption of your music needs to be a polished and effortless experience. Think about the process of buying an Apple product, or shopping on Amazon. If those don’t appeal to you, think of your favorite brand and why you like buying from them over and over again. Go through the process of discovering and buying your band’s brand and products. Is it ideal? Does your best stuff come up first? Did you find the track you want coming up first? What’s preventing people from discovering or buying your music and merchandise? Is it the algorithm? The price? Somebody else’s content? Optimize the discovery and conversion process for your band.
Companies like Audiam, INDMusic, Fullscreen, Maker Studios, ONErpm, AdRev, Believe and Rumblefish collect YouTube ad revenue for artists and labels. Multi Channel Networks like Fullscreen and Maker also act as agents for their creators and negotiate high paying sponsorships for their videos and YouTube channels.
Being talented and letting people know about your talent are two very different things. As well as making music that people actually want to listen to, you need to get them to give you a listen in the first place. After all, how will people know you’re talented if they don’t give you that initial chance?
Mike has written and teaches three courses for Berklee Online: Music Marketing 101; Online Music Marketing: Campaign Strategies, Social Media, and Digital Distribution; and Music Business Trends and Strategies. His book, Music Marketing: Press, Promotion, Distribution, and Retail was published by Berklee Press in 2009. Mike was recognized as the Best Music Business Teacher by the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) in 2011.
Music distribution is necessary, but unfortunately, it can’t be equated with promotion, unless a song is featured in a playlist, is given prominent placement in an online marketplace, or the song/album ranks in a chart (iTunes Chart, etc.).
As a client focused music company, we provide personalized, accessible service and a global network of industry relationships allowing us to interface your business with the worlds top digital music outlets.
While this does happen, it’s extremely rare, and setting the unrealistic expectation that it will happen to you is a recipe for failure. Instead, set yourself apart from the crowd by learning all you can about different music marketing tactics, and treating your music career as a business.
BandPage started as a Facebook app to allow bands to post music to their Pages. It has evolved into a musician-fan experience haven. Artists offer “experiences” like meet and greets, soundcheck access, pre-show ping pong challenges, pre-show guitar lessons, green room hangs and anything else you can think of. These experiences have brought in additional income for bands on tour above the standard ticket/merch income.
You can pay to boost your post on Facebook so more people see it. With Facebook’s organic reach being low, this can get your posts in front of more people who like your page, boosting likes, comments, and shares for important messages.
If it takes $15,000 to start a band, you can imagine the expenses keep rolling in as the months and years go on. Fundraising or crowdfunding has been a brilliant use of technology. There are plenty of great options to choose from. Pledge Music, Kickstarter, and Indiegogo for example. Don’t wing it in this space because the experts in this field have discovered some great tricks to increase pre-orders. Make sure to do what the best and most successful bands have done, and get creative.
I bought this book because of how affordable it was used, it might have been relevant when it was published however now all of the information published, especially with regard to social media is outdated and/or easily found for free in music marketing blogs. I hoped at least the music industry information would be helpful, but it’s only a brief synopsis. For example, it talks about press releases without providing any in depth examples or instructions on writing one. That’s just one example however. If you know nothing about the music industry I guess it might be helpful, but most of this information is already available for free on the internet.
Make sure you have someone selling your merch from when the doors open to when they close. Oftentimes people will leave your show early because they have work the next morning, but want to buy something. If there is no one standing by the merch table at that moment they will leave. They will not grab a handful of stuff, run up to the stage holding their credit card and ask you to stop the show and swipe their card.
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Today’s musicians face unique, technology-driven challenges to earning a living from their craft. How can you make money when recorded music sales have been replaced with free music downloading and streaming? We addressed this question in depth in a recent article. Now it’s time to explore how to use technology to your advantage and connect with a range of money-making opportunities.
I’ve been earning a full time income online for nearly two years now and I’ll admit it, it hasn’t always been a walk in the park. BUT, if you combine your online income plus your merch sales and live shows, you’ll be a comfortably living musician in no time.
This is a useful list. I would also add streaming revenue, because that’s by far my top source of recording revenue. Sure, it’s not enough for me to justify doing music full time, but what percentage of people can make a living doing their art full time?
With everything moving more and more towards digital, it’s easy to forget about the value of that person-to-person interaction. After all, these days you can create great quality music, release it, distribute it, promote it, and even play live without ever leaving your room.
You can license your music directly with the few global Instore Media Play companies like Mood Media, PlayNetwork, or ScreenPlay. When you go in a clothing store, elevator, or restaurant and you hear music, it is licensed by one of these companies.