In this post, I am going to explain how I make money as a music creator, and how you can too! Firstly, this is not about fame for me. I make money by making products that other marketing professionals use and other music artists can use. This involves making money for a wide range of different websites which include production music libraries and WMDM who provide music downloads for other artists.
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So…How Do I Make Money as a Music Creator???
In this post, I am going to take you on a journey from the time I finish a song to the time that I am making money from it. Firstly, let me tell you that I aim at making a new track every week. That is not an easy task for many producers, but I can cheat with LoopCloud. I will have found a loop that I liked with a great accompanying baseline, drum patterns, etc. I can quickly do this by clicking on “Find harmonically matching sounds”, or, “Find rhythmically matching sounds”.
Ok, so How do I Make Music From the Time a Track is Complete???
The first thing I do after gain-staging, mastering, and saving WAV and MP3 formats is to make a video of my track with Camtasia.
After making the video, I upload the video to YouTube. I use VidIQ to do the keyword research. However, if the video is similar to another recent video, I can reuse elements of that other recent video with a couple of clicks.
When the Video is Uploaded I Make Money as a Music Creator With Templates For More Than One DAW
In my experience, the top two most popular and most highly rated DAWs are FL Studio and Ableton. I will have created the template in FL Studio (just love it). However, I can use JukeBlocks to convert my FLP file into an ALS file for Ableton. This is a small monthly fee, but for this price, I can convert a good number of files to ALS.
I will also bounce all MIDI files to WAV and sell the WAV and MIDI files together as a construction kit that can be used in any digital audio workstation. Therefore, I already have 3 products complete. There is more to it than this.
What else do I do to Make Money as a Music Creator?
I will also sell the WAV and MP3 formats of the entire song as royalty-free electronic music. DJs who want to find new music will search here. It can also be used by marketing and social media professionals, etc. My music can be used for any purpose, any location or any audience. Therefore, I am offering unlimited exposure for my music. On many platforms, this can be like $49 per time. However, on WMDM, you are talking more like $9.99. People don’t want to spend a tonne of cash on WMDM, but at the same time, people are still spending money.
Other than WMDM, How Else do I Make Money as a Music Creator?
This is where the real work starts… Now is the time to create multiple edits of each song. This means I make a music bed edit, a looped edit, a one-minute edit, a 30-second edit, a 15-second edit, audio logos, etc. I will make as many different edits of each length as I possibly can. The most edits I made for a song was 83. As you can imagine, the work to create them and the work to upload them to production music libraries is quite extensive. The thing is, you need to sell these tracks on as many production music libraries as you possibly can. Some platforms such as Audio Jungle are difficult to break into. However, sites such as Pond 5 are easy to get started on – even if they are very time-consuming.
I can highly recommend Daniel Carrizalez’s YouTube channel “Stock Music Licensing” if you want to learn more about writing for the libraries. This is a great channel and Daniel puts a tonne of hard work and value into every video.
When my Music is Uploaded to These Various Sites, What Now?
If you really want to make money as a music creator, your job is not over just yet. I will now upload my track to SoundCloud and create a download gate on Hypeddit. I then surf through the landing pages on the Hypeddit Promotion Exchange and generate 100 credits that I then assign to my new song.
This means that people will share my music on SoundCloud and I will gain more exposure from my music. I had a pleasant email from a guy this morning to ask how I market my songs on WMDM??? Well, this is how. I use SoundCloud and Hypeddit. This has worked for me many times in the past and I recommend that you enrol on my forthcoming free UIdemy course. It’s not ready yet, but when it is, I will let you know.
The trick is to advertise your WMDM products with the Buy Link on SoundCloud and the exposure you gain as a result of using Hypeddit’s Promotion Exchange is excellent. If you would like to sign up to WMDM, please click here to find out more about WMDM and click here to learn how to get the ball rolling with We Make Dance Music. I hope you can now go on to make money as a music creator.