Aspiring musicians should never be discouraged by the challenge of making money in the music industry. There are actually many quick ways to bring home the bucks!
Here are four quick ways for musicians to make money.
1. Sell music digitally.
If you have many original songs under your belt, make them into an album and put it up for download! Put your original music on iTunes and Amazon Music so that your listeners can download it directly. Your fans will be able to play your music almost everywhere: in the car, at home, at parties, etc. This will give you more publicity as well!
Check out this video to learn how to sell your music on iTunes and other digital platforms.
2. Teach music lessons.
Many musicians teach their craft to beginners. It’s a great way to quickly make money, and teaching is very rewarding! Not only is it fun to work with students, but most musicians find that they also learn a great deal when they teach. If you can teach your craft, it means that you’ve truly mastered it.
Start by reaching out to people in your community. Post flyers in public places or post online to advertise in-home music lessons. Be sure to include the length of your lesson and your fee.
Check out this music lesson on YouTube that gives a lot of great ideas on what to teach beginning musicians!
3. Perform in small, local venues.
Of course, the ultimate dream for most musicians is to sell out huge venues, but in order to get there, you have to start small! Perform at birthday parties, school functions, and family events. Your community will happily pay you for it!
Once again, along with the quick money you can make, you’ll be spreading your music throughout your community. And who knows, maybe you’ll get discovered!
Check out this video of Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation performing at a kid’s birthday party! Even though this video is from a TV show, it’s a great example of a small performance. (And it’s hilarious too!)
4. Busk in public areas.
Busking is another great way to make a few quick bucks with your music! For anyone unfamiliar, busking is the fancy term for playing your music on the street and allowing passersby to drop money in your instrument case. Everyone has seen and enjoyed buskers, so why not try it out for yourself?
You might not make a fortune busking, but it’s really fun and a great way to publicize your music. You can also sell CDs while you busk.
Take a look at this video of the musician Henry Facey busking in London.
Musicians should never give up on their passion because they’re worried about making money! There are many ways to quickly make money with music. If musicians sell music digitally, teach music lessons, play in small venues, and busk, they’ll make enough money to advance their careers further.
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David Yaghutiel is a Bay Area native who enjoys traveling, theatre, playing the ukulele, and learning as much about the world as he possibly can. He also occasionally daylights as a senior at UCLA.