Stop chasing a record deal – now you can make it on your own terms.
I don’t know about you, but it upsets me when one of my favourite recording artists stops making music because they’ve not made enough money to make it worthwhile.
The past decade has seen huge changes in how music is made, and how it is monetized, and many great musicians have been unable to adapt to the new model, falling by the wayside as a result.
Call time on the fantasies
Do you remember Andrew Lincoln’s famous scene with the notecards in Love Actually? In the same way that he reluctantly realised that Kiera Knightley would never be his, and it was time to end his relentless pursuit of her, now would be a good time to ditch your fantasies of landing a huge record label deal, and instead take your music career by the scruff of the neck and make something happen for yourself.
A friend of mine was once signed to a major label and spent two years recording an album that the label decided not to release. The painful part is that the recordings forever belong to the label, and my friend can’t make any use of the recordings he spent years of his life on. I heard a couple of the tracks in his home studio, and they sounded wonderful. Tastefully musical songs, expertly played with gorgeous sonic quality captured in a number of the UK’s finest recording studios. And nobody will ever get to hear them. Unless you’re me. Or my friend’s cat.
Change your approach
If you are unable to adjust your approach then you could find your musical aspirations forever limited to hobby status. Now, that is great if that’s where it fits best in your life. But, for some of us, making music is vital. Music is a part of us that, if quenched, makes us a lesser version of ourselves.
So, if that describes you, you owe it to yourself, your family and friends to figure out new ways to make your music make money.
Here are few ideas you might explore:
5 Ways Your Music Skills Can Make You Money
Over To You
I hope these ideas have sparked your imagination and given you some inspiration. You’re a creative person, right? So, I’m confident that you can discover new, creative ways to keep making the music that you love so much.
You can do it!