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Diversification/multiple income for musicians (Part 2)

Part one came with a couple of ideas of what to do or in which direction to look in when in need of some extra cash on the side while working on your projects. Part 2 heads in the same direction as part 1, with even more ideas on how to make some money, get your name out there and work on your own thing.

Here we go:

1. Instagram:

Instagram shares a lot of the same benefits as Youtube, it also requires a bit of a workload since you have to post just about on a daily basis. The great thing is that you can setup a work environment or mini set on where you can record you daily videos at home. Another great thing about Instagram is that you can get away with less production values than on Youtube and still put out a great product.

2. Music professor:

Being a music professor has exactly the same benefits as being a normal music teacher, except that it opens up way more opportunities if you work for a known university. It also has the benefits of introducing you to some of the top musicians in your area. Not to mention that the paycheck is a bit heftier than that of being a teacher at the local music academy. But as with the teaching job, it does require a bit of time/energy out of the work week.

3. Instructional videos:

I know it’s not the 80’s anymore and that instructional videos aren’t as cool as they used to be. This is especially true with the boom of people uploading free lessons on to Youtube (this guy included!). But there are still companies out there turning a profit from creating such content and landing a gig with one of these companies, or even creating your own independent instructional videos is another great way of bringing in extra royalties (ie. Moneys!).

4. Audio engineer on the field:

This is one field of work on which I know a whole bunch of musicians work in. Its fun, you get to travel a bit and it keeps you in the know of things since you get to work with all the local acts. Another great advantage of working in this field while you get your own thing going is that you learn all about working the audio equipment at a gig and gaining a new perspective on listening since the audio engineer often has a completely different criteria for listening than the average musician.

5. Studio engineer:

Aside from being work and often coming with a fulltime schedule, being a studio engineer brings the props of knowing what you are doing when recording your own thing. It’s also great for creating connections and meeting other musicians in your scene being as you get to record them in the studio. It’s a great gig in between working on your projects since you can make a couple of bucks throughout the day.

6. Column writer for a magazine:

Writing a monthly column or even making an occasional appearance will help with an added “bonus” income while opening opportunities in the music industry. Not only is it a paying gig but it comes with a bit of notoriety and the chance to meet others in the field. It’s also a great bullet point for your musical resumé.

Part 3 is under way so stay tuned for more ideas on diversification and multiple incomes in the music world.

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