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5 ways to make money with music

You don’t have to make it big to make money with music. As a musician, it might be your dream to get signed and become a rock or pop star, but this isn’t the reality for most people even if you are genuinely good at what you do. But that’s not to say you need to give up on your dream of music completely and done right, it can make a great side hustle or career. Here are a few ways to go about it.

Perform live gigs

At the moment we’re of course in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, social gatherings are banned and pubs and clubs are closed until further notice. But this wont be the case forever, eventually things will return to normal and if you’re a musician, one way to make money could be to play at these kinds of venues. From pubs offering live music to weddings and other special events, it’s a great way to earn cash and playing to a live crowd can be really satisfying. You’ll need to ensure your set is up to scratch and you have the confidence to play in front of an audience. Set up a website with clips and information so that customers can check you out and book you for their events; also have a system in place for your audience to pay, visit for details.

Start a YouTube channel

Youtube is a great way to make money these days. Of course, it will take time and effort but it’s something you can start out as a hobby and eventually turn into a side hustle. You could perform cover songs or original songs on your channel, or use it as a way to educate others about music and techniques. It could be a mix of whatever you’d like, that’s the beauty of creating content. If you want to back up your videos, consider using a vps server since video files can take up a lot of physical memory if you’re not using the cloud.

Become a tutor

If you want to teach then why not become a tutor? You can pass on your skills and knowledge to others and make a good living in the process. Right now you could tutor people online through video calling software, when the world returns to normal you could teach in groups or one-on-one.

Make music for creatives

If you already have music that you’ve made, have you considered selling it? Things like background tracks are always needed by businesses and video creators, there are sites that allow you to host your tracks and earn a small amount each time it’s downloaded. If you make something that people love and it gets a lot of downloads then it’s easy money into your bank account.

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