Escape the 9 – 5. Do what you love. Spend your days on FL Studio creating music. And get paid, even while you sleep. But does that just sound like an impossible dream?
I’m not going to tell you it will happen overnight, that goes without saying. What I am going to tell you are the top 10 creative ways to promote your music and how you can actually make money in the process.
If you're struggling to get views and you have trouble figuring out where to go in life, fear no further because there's always a way to go to the other side of the road. Welcome to the internet, where digital marketing is the 8th wonder of the world and getting people to hear your music is life's biggest mystery.
Also known as selling pickaxes to the gold miners! You are in for a ride because in this world there are two types of people: Those who are being sold something or those doing the selling. Unfortunately, many musicians lean towards the former which is why most never make it!
Because it's all about selling the dream! If Hollywood can sell the image of a rapper, then most aspiring rappers are willing to spend for it... Meanwhile, the ones earning a living are actually those who sell the promotional secrets, courses, tools, and a boatload of information of HOW to become a rapper while they leverage systems that generate value.
Get out there, never give up, know that music is all a number's game!
So what is Pond5? Well according to Craft.co, Pond5 is an online marketplace to buy and sell royalty free video footage, stock photos, illustrations, music tracks, sound effects, project templates and 3D models. Pond5 strives to improve creative production through its artist technology, easy-to-use platform and ever-growing library of more than 4 million royalty-free video clips, plus millions of photos, music, sound effects and other media. In this specific review though, we're going to mainly be discussing how you can prosper as an online musician.
What is Songtradr? Songtrader is a platform which let's you distribute your music across many platforms and connecting you with producers, executives, creators, and basically anybody looking for licensing a piece of music to use commercially. One of the many benefits of Songtradr is that they set defined prices for you, but you have the option to change this manually if you wish. Songtradr currently rakes in around 400k pageviews on average, so there is traffic to and from the web address. As a composer, this is excellent news for you... Are they worth it though? Let's find out.
So you've just finished hitting the 'export' button on your DAW, music making machine and now you're ready to share your little creation with the rest of the world. But wait! There's a catch. You still need people to listen to your music!!!!!! Luckily for you, there are numerous online websites willing to sell your music for you for a commission, usually 50/50. They are called Stock Music Libraries, and if you're wondering how do they make money, the Royalty-free Libraries connect your music with potential buyers (producers, YouTubers, anyone who needs free music!)
AudioMicro is a stock music library where musicians can sell their music and earn a piece of the commissions. According to their Facebook Page, "AudioMicro provides the web's best collection of royalty free music and sound effects at affordable prices. Our contributors are GRAMMY winning composers and Oscar winning sound effects artists and production houses. No joke."
Make Money Selling Your Music - Stock Music Library Review 2019
It's all what makes your computer music different. You see, as someone who's spent and invested a lot of time into creating little music tracks, I do know first hand what it's like to have your music called trash. So it's not like I'm talking just to talk here. I'm assuming you probably don't have pockets loaded with cash to buy studio time nor were you blessed with family members who provide musical instruments, talent lessons, etc. That's why you're attempting to make music on your computer! And let's be honest: Whatever genre you do as a producer, you are considering or already make use of the numerous, diverse music making programs there are out there (FL Studio, Cubase, Logic, Virtual Instruments, and so on)
When you as a music maker decide "okay it's time to upload my music to the internet for the world to hear" you might be super excited to get started and fired up to get those plays coming in. Although, you got a couple of likes on your first track and maybe genuine feedback, there's something missing... This "hit or miss" item is what really separates the amateurs from pros.