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5 Ways To Make Money as a Music Producer

The world of music and technology is an ever-changing machine. Especially in today’s climate, you have to constantly find new ways to stay connected with the evolution of it all. 

Quick Look: How To Make Money as a Music Producer 

  1. Stay Educated
  2. Market Your Skills
  3. Work Directly With Artists
  4. Create Beats, Samples, & Loops
  5. Create a Course

How to Start Making Money in Music

To make money as a music producer, there are quite a few ways to make yourself known as well as available. Being full time in the music industry is not an easy job, and will take a lot of work, and sometimes it can take years before you gain any traction or foothold. 

1. Staying Educated

Music is always evolving, look for courses, youtube tutorials, and guides to keep you constantly learning your craft.

Check out these courses offered by Berklee College of Music in partnership with Coursera.

The Business of Music Production

Berklee College of Music

Price: Subscription – $39 per month

Learning the business side of the music industry is one of the more important tasks you will have (and it never ends). Berklee has done a fantastic job putting together these courses, with the help of experts, to start you into building your business with the help of industry standards and principles. However, to make money as a music producer, and make sure you get the best deals, this is something you cannot forget.

Start the Business of Music Production course

Music Production Specialization

Berklee College of Music

Price: Subscription – $39 per month

The quality of a track is not reliant solely on the equipment, but the engineer. An inexperienced engineer can use thousands of dollars worth of equipment and put out a bad final product, but a great experienced engineer can use the cheapest equipment to make a masterpiece. In these courses, you get to learn how to use anything you have to your advantage, as well as create a song everyone will enjoy. 

Start the Music Production Specialization course

DAW Specific Courses

Do you love your DAW? Why not learn how to use it to its full potential?

CoursePrice
Born To Produce – CubaseFree
Pro Tools Basics by Coursera$39 per month
Music Production in Logic Pro X$144.99
Producing Music with Reason$59.99
Music Production in FL Studio$139.99

Check out our Best DAWs resource

2. Market Your Skills

There are many platforms to promote yourself and find clientele. You could use Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to promote yourself in your area and to your online followers. However, most of them will not approach you for your services and you will have to do some reaching out. 

You can look up local studios and producers and build relationships with people in the industry in your area. Start by asking if you could take a tour of their studio, maybe see if they have any internship opportunities. Some studios may even let you sit in on one of their sessions and take notes. A lot of the gigs and jobs I have personally gotten, came from word of mouth and recommendations from friends and fellow producers that I have built a relationship with. 

There are also websites such as Upwork, Fiverr, and Jaxsta. These platforms have their differences from each other, but they all hold a similar idea; help producers to freelance and find their next gig. 

Each platform has its own unique benefits so you’ll have to do some digging to find which works best for you (although I would suggest keeping an updated profile on all of them). You can set up your profile so clients can approach you seeing your rates and work experience, as well as looking through job listings on each site and applying for them. 

3. Work Directly With Artists

The ultimate goal of a music producer is to have a catalogue of artists to produce. Finding artists and connecting with them goes back to marketing your skills. Your social media platforms should always be updated/monitored when working in the entertainment industry.

Follow, comment, and repost artists you like and aspire to work with. This helps your audience understand what type of music you are looking to produce and how they can contact you. 

When you approach an artist, you want to be able to sell your services but do not focus entirely on yourself. Show interest their music and story; don’t think of them as just a paycheck. Come up with ideas and even if you do not sell your abilities to them right off the bat, you can peak their interest.

4. Create Beats, Samples, & Loops

If you have a lot of down time between artists and projects, you don’t want to let yourself get rusty (granted you should take breaks or you’ll burn out). It’s important to take the time to make your own products and work on your own goals.

You could start making beats and loops and even sell them on platforms like Splice. This is a great time to practice and try new techniques that you can even use for your future clientele. 

5. Create a Course

We mentioned taking courses earlier to help you grow. You may not realize it but you have knowledge that could help someone with less experience than you. A piece of advice I got from a teacher a long time ago was that, “You don’t fully understand your craft until you have to teach it to others.” What this means is you have to know the ins and outs of why and what you do. So not only will you possibly monetize your classes, but you yourself will cement that knowledge in your own head. 

Youtube is a great platform for starting your course and getting comfortable on camera and the behind the scenes production. If course making peaks your interest, creating a proper syllabus and submitting your course to Udemy or Coursera could prove to put some extra cash in your pocket each month. 

Amplify Your Music Production Career

All of these courses of action are great ways to grow your business and experience. With this in mind, keep thinking of new ways to promote yourself and evolve your work. There are endless opportunities in the world of audio both online and in-person for those who have the commitment and drive.