It can be hard to make money as a musician, especially when you’re asked to play gigs “for the exposure” or pay up front just to apply for a music festival. If your band or solo project is short on cash, here’s how to make money while still doing what you love!
If you’ve got the kind of talent that can stop people in the streets, you’re sure to make some money busking. The more unique and polished your act is, the more likely you are to attract a crowd. This is a great way to not only make some money, but also to promote a show or album. Some street musicians even sell CDs. Just make sure to check your local laws and regulations first!
Teaching lessons is a great way to make some extra cash while doing what you love and sharing your passion. Even if you haven’t taught lessons before, or even taken a lesson before, you can still be a great music teacher thanks to your experience and insight. You can set up your own teaching business or you can work with a music store or online marketplace like Taylor Robinson Music Lessons.
Upload your music to sites like MusicBed or StockMusic.net and you can offer your music for sale to filmmakers, vloggers, and more. Instrumental, ambient, or electronic music tends to be in the most demand because it’s good background music. However, full vocal tracks can also be used occasionally.
Playing Cover gigs
Bars, breweries, and coffee houses often look for bands or solo musicians to provide live music during business hours. Most of the time, these venues are looking for several hours of music, mostly cover songs that their clientele will be familiar with. If your band can master a good collection of cover songs, bar gigs can be extremely lucrative. You can find cover gigs on sites like GigSalad.com or by reaching to local venues with live music.
A lot of bands or solo artists who are just starting out don’t want to spend the upfront cash to buy T-shirts or other merchandise, but the relatively small investment can result in a huge profit. Shirts, stickers, hats, and posters can usually be sold for two or three times their cost. On top of that, every time somebody wears your shirt or puts your sticker on their water bottle, laptop, or phone case, you’re getting free advertising,