Music Business

3 Creative Ways For Songwriters To Make Money With Music

by Marty Dodson
Dec 22, 2017

These days there are more ways to make money with music than you might imagine.

These are not always huge money makers, but they can provide significant income if you get enough songs recorded in these areas.

1) Internet soap operas.

I have a friend who made several thousand dollars in one day by selling CDs in the online forum of an internet soap opera that used her song. She got paid very little for the use in the show, but her interactions with people in the form sold LOTS of CDs.

2) Canadian artists.

You have an extra leg up if you are Canadian due to Canadian content laws. But, even if you are not, there are many great Canadian artists that are looking for great songs. They don’t get as many songs pitched to them, so your chances of a cut are better than with a major US artist.

3) Reporting live shows and making money with music.

Playing shows and reporting your setlists to your PRO (ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC). Most PROs will pay you for playing your own songs live. It just takes a little time and effort on your part. A little creativity goes a long way toward making money with your music. Always be on the lookout for places that use music but don’t have millions of people pitching music to them. Those are often your best opportunities.

Write on! MD

Marty Dodson

Marty Dodson

Marty Dodson is a multi-hit songwriter, co-founder of SongTown, and co-author of  The Songwriter’s Guide To Mastering Cowriting and Song Building: Mastering Lyric Writing

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