For the past year, COVID has stopped many original music artists from performing out in front of a live crowd. I have been watching as musicians pivot their music skills into additional music jobs that are making money.
It all starts with the skills you have or the ones you are willing to learn. Today, we share some ‘out of the box’ ideas that may spark your interest.
Are you a great guitarist, piano player, music arranger, or vocalist? Here are some ways for you to use your talents; use a service like Soundbetter.com to advertise your music skills. Some of the musicians have advertised their voiceover work, music playing on music projects, sheet music specialty and even reading/acting for audible. You can do all these positions at home with your own home studio.
The biggest surge, is teaching music through zoom. Kids and adults alike are searching to learn a music instrument to cut the COVID stress and to entertain their immediate family! If you don’t think you want to do this independently, call your area music schools and see if they need help. As kids go back to school, and since music has been pulled from the curriculum, parents are looking to get their kids into learning an instrument to fill activities throughout the day.
Vocalist, this is for you too! Young adults still want to get ready to audition for ‘The Voice’ and “American Idol” shows. Add ‘Image Making’ to your vocal lessons and that will give you a boost above all the other vocal teachers!
Do you love to write stories or feel like you shine by putting stories to music? I have talked to a few musicians who started writing music biographies and become music reviewers for music blogs and magazines. I know someone who actually started her own music review magazine and has been able to meet some new break-through artists to interview; she then added a weekly online open mic for DIY artists. This gave her notice from other artist’s fans and it is expanding her own music market!
A few others are diving into the custom songs market, so if you are good at taking someone’s life story and putting it to music, this is becoming hot for all the virtual birthdays, anniversaries and even weddings this past year.
A student of mine started a music and art blog. The duo was not finished their first EP yet, but they went with the theme of their music style: acoustic, positive and dreamy. They posted on social media and asked the world to submit songs & artwork that made them happy. Six months into this, they have 30,000 subscribers! So, when they get ready to release their own songs, the have active 30,000 listeners! Now that is smart!
Many of you have protools, mix & mastering skills you are not advertising to the world. Many songwriters need your services because their little home studios are not enough to make their songs sound the best they can. Advertise your skills on Soundbetter.com AND start contacting all your musician friends to see if they need help or ask musician to spread the word that you can help with the production on new DIY music.
I am going to cover video editing here, because it is a MUST for any DIY artist. There are so many new music programs that make it much easier to add a video to each of your music projects. You could even find an animated video editing for $67, and specialize your business. Or even if you have i-movie editing skills or learn how to do lyric videos; you can develop a great business in this techie side of the business.
One more techie job I have been suggesting to my recording students. I, personally, know more than a handful of musicians and songwriters who have music masters on reel to reel, dats and even cassettes, that need someone to convert these masters to digital. Can this be a full time job? Sure can if you if invest in the equipment to make that happen.
For those of you who are natural photographers or graphic artists….your skills are needed by every DIY artist who is releasing music to the world! You don’t even have to learn adobe (although you should if you want to enter into the music-graphic industry). But you could start with Canva, which helps with social media bold posts to other ads needed to advertise new music/video projects.
I know a number of artists who have made the dive into virtual performances, where they make tips up to $500 a show. Some started doing TWICH once a week where their fans tip the artist to cover their own songs or do other’s cover songs.
I have a friend, who is a musician, who has become an expert in helping other musicians with their live video production…being present during the performance to feed the artists with comments and making sure all the technology is working for the live recording. And he is doing this all from their own home! Is he making money at this…he is charging $25 to $50 a session.
BECOME AN INFLUENCER
Other than music, do you have another heart mission you can develop to grow your audience and become an influencer? An influencer is someone that concentrates on a subject and entices others who are interested in that subject, to join in a conversation or want to hear from experts!
Arielle Silver developed a weekly virtual series “Tomes and Tunes” where she and another songwriter talk about books that influence them and do songs swaps. Combining her love for reading with presenting new music and reaching, not only her own audience, but the music guest audience.
I have seen others start podcasts for lovers of classic rock or sharing guest interviews on everything from music my pet loves to doing virtual concerts to get donations to support a musician with breast cancer. Here I am talking about combining your heart and music mission! Yes, you too could make money and, in turn, give back to a great cause.
SONG PLACEMENT SPECIALIST
Many musicians have pivoted into learning how to write & record songs for TV/Film/Gaming….etc. This is a blog all its own, but I wanted to address a few ‘out of the box’ ideas here.
Beat makers are selling their creations online, music creators are developing music for website and podcast as intro bumpers and word enthusiasts are developing catchy music slogans and taglines for local businesses advertising on cable TV. We will do a full FBLive, zoom panel and blog in a few weeks to cover how to get involved in music placements.
I hope some of these ‘out of the box’ music positions sparked your interest. Many of you could start a new music business and advertise your services on Upwork, Fiverr or Soundbetter.com. I bet you have music & technical skills you have and are just not using! If you have developed a new business from your music skills, please share that with us!