7 Ways to Monetize Your Music – NOW
By Ruan De Lange
Making money from your music – quickly, safely, in as many ways possible – is critical if you want to continue funding your dream without continually taking cash out of your own pocket.
If you are an unsigned artist or producer still searching for your big break – these ideas can help you finance or pursue your dreams, to get closer to that major signing – or other paid opportunities:
1. Song-writing & Composition
One thing no major record label ever has enough of – is HIT SONGS.
It’s the currency they use to turn great talent, into big paydays. Search online and you’ll find even big record labels continually search for new songs for their star artists.
If you have the ability to write great, original songs – you’ don’t need to wait for your own big break, before your first payday. Nothing has the potential to raise your profile like writing a hit song for a big-name artist.
2. Sequencing & Midi Programming
If you’re not quite a hit song-writer yet, but know your way around the computer and piano, you could use sequencing software to help other aspiring artists and songwriters make their ideas come to life. Not all songwriters always have the facility, to convert their ideas into demo recordings.
With a midi keyboard and multi-track editor, you could offer this service at a reasonable fee, and earn a healthy living, for funding the pursuit of your own dreams.
3. Synchronization Deals
You don’t have to wait for a major record deal before getting your music heard worldwide.
TV Shows, Films and Advertisers are continually looking for fresh sound tracks for their next projects. These are called synchronization deals – with a variety of publishers who will help you find placements and opportunities for your music, worldwide.
4. Compilation Deals
Producing and publishing an entire album of original songs, without a major label to back you – can be a costly, time-consuming, and risky affair.
A shorter, safer route is to get one single onto a compilation album first. This way you can test acceptance of your music by the market and use the proceeds or publishing credit to fund more recordings, or further pursue a record deal.
5. Cover Songs
Writing and performing your own songs is a gift – but it takes a fortune to promote, get them known, and available for purchase.
Easily overlooked, cover songs on the other hand, have a ready-made audience on search engines worldwide – looking for their favourite songs every day.
Apply for copyright to re-record and publish one or two trending cover songs, and you could land a busload of new fans willing to part with some cash for a copy of your cover single, online.
Do it well, and you might be able to fund your own original music, with an existing fan club to sell to at the click of a button.
6. Online Publishing and Distribution
With the assistance of the web – for a few dollars – anyone can publish and sell their own music online without the approval, or waiting on majors to discover you.
Build your own fan club and make enough sales using social media and supporting Indie Music Websites – and it might become tougher for record labels to ignore you much longer.
7. Advertising Revenue Splits
Qualifying for YouTube partnership status or registering and applying for performance rights on your music videos – can earn you a percentage split of the advertising revenue YouTube gets for ad placements next to your media, from corporate sponsors.
Always make sure you follow the correct guidelines and process – and that you either own, or clear the copyright for collection of such royalties.
Some independent artists earn a decent living this way – and use the proceeds to further fund their own pursuits of major record deals – once they get enough views and subscribers.
These 7 ideas are a great start for pursuing your dreams of getting your music and talent discovered by fans and record bosses worldwide – without passively waiting on your big break.
The power is in your hands.
Don’t wait to get it PERFECT… just get STARTED – right NOW.
Ruan de Lange is a Published Independent Record Producer, Song-writer, Engineer and Marketer, previously singed to David Gresham Records, track-listed among names like Tiesto, Laurent Wolf and others. If you found this article helpful, please rate it now, and share with your friends. For more useful ideas on how to get your big break as an unsigned artist – without selling your soul, or signing your rights away, click over to http://www.primetalententertainment.com now.
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