By: Charles Carpenter

MAY 11, 2021


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If you're an independent musician who relied on income from live performances before the pandemic hit, then you might be scrambling for new ideas. Fortunately, you can still make money without giving up on your dream. However, you just might have to channel some of your creativity into developing new streams of revenue. Here are simple but effective tips for how you can create income as a musician during the pandemic.


Becoming a freelancer is one of the quickest ways to make a legitimate income as a musician, and it can also help you build your reputation in the industry. Depending on your skillset and preferred genres, you can get hired for songwriting, transposing, and mixing and mastering services, among many other services. Use job boards to start getting your name out there.

Live Streaming


Since in-person shows were put on hold, tons of artists have been pouring time and energy into building their live stream audience. And that’s because live streaming is the next best thing to an in-person show. So, acquire the tech you need and get creative with your presentation so that you can give your audience a meaningful, memorable performance. Furthermore, you can sell tickets to your live stream event or set up a virtual tip jar.



Teaching Lessons


There’s nothing new about professional music lessons, but more and more musicians are choosing to teach via video chat apps. Sure, it’s the only option for many teachers and students during a global pandemic. But even without the pandemic, it also happens to be more practical, convenient, and cost-effective than in-person lessons. Promote your availability on social media, and start building your list of students as soon as you can. Don’t worry if it feels a little awkward at first — you’ll catch your rhythm over time!



Getting on Streaming Platforms


Album sales are no longer a steady source of income for independent musicians, as streaming services have taken over. Nonetheless, you can still make money and gain exposure by putting your music on these services. Make sure you are taking advantage of all the major distribution platforms, such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and others.


Posting on YouTube


YouTube is another great platform for growing your brand and getting your music heard from people across the globe. Create as much high-quality video content as you can, and try to upload new content at least every few months. The key is to stay relevant and give your audience something fresh to look forward to.


Visual Media Licensing


Many independent artists get known by scoring a song placement on a commercial, TV show, or movie. Push to get your work placed on visual media so that you can earn performance royalties and licensing fees. While you shop the music you’ve already recorded, consider making tracks solely for placement.


Selling Directly to Fans


Using major platforms like the ones mentioned above can provide you with income and allow people around the world to discover you. However, you will make a lot more money by selling directly to your fans. Make sure your website is up-to-date, unique, and contains all of the music and content you want your audience to buy. And get creative with new merch options, whether it’s clothing, art, stickers, or any other types of products.


All hope is not lost if you’re an independent musician in the pandemic. Consider the pointers above for how you can generate a reliable income from your passion. Most importantly, remember to keep honing your craft and thinking outside the box. The effort you put in now could benefit your music career for years to come.

Enrich Your Life Learning A New Skill Online

By: Julie Morris

NOV. 2, 2018

Life & Career Coach

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Are you among the millions of Americans who watch TV after work? If so, stop that, as it's bad for your brain. Besides, there are so many other things you could do with your time, such as learning a new hobby. According to numberous studies, it would help you relieve some of that stress that you carry around with you day to day while improving your social skills and giving you invaluable self-confidence (which is helpful in addiction recovery). If you're not sure what to do, here ares some enjoyable activities you can dive into right now from the comfort of your own laptop.

Playing a Musical Instrument

Many people associate learning to play music with childhood, but you can actually learn no matter your age and reap all kinds of rewards from doing so. Becoming a musical master helps with stress relief, enriches social interactions, and improves reasoning and logic skills. The ukulele is an especially good choice for beginners. It's reputation for being easy to learn, it's small size, and the ease of access to online lessons make it user friendly for all age groups and skill levels!

Dog Training

This may be something you've left to the professionals, but if you're the proud owner of a pooch, it's time you took matters into your own hands. However, don't fret if your furry friend is no longer a pup: Older dogs can learn new tricks, and this keeps them fit and healthy.


There's the clear practical benefit of being able to quickly and easily patch up a rip in your favorite shirt, but there's much more to it than that. As you progress, you may find yourself with the know-how necessary to express your creativity through making your own clothes. Even if you don't get that far, sewing helps develop greater hand-eye coordination that could serve in other aspects of your life while allowing you to enjoy the calming effect of the rhythmic movement of your hands, which is highly therapeutic.


Here's a skill that could net you a new cash flow while you explore the world outside your door and express your creativity in one go. You'll also be able to artfully document your journey through life while providing a helping hand to your loved ones at their weddings and other important events. Getting started can be expensive, with the right equipment costing thousands of dollars if you're committed to quality. However, once that's settled, you're just a few clicks away from learning the basics.


Here's one that'll impress your friends, whether you're stepping seductively to a sultry salsa or moving your hips to a thumping hip-hop beat. Whatever style you choose, you're sure to burn off calories, as there's no dance around that doesn't force you to move your body, and you'll also get a much-needed mental break from the stresses of everyday life. All that can be yours if you can find a place to perch your laptop while you follow along to the step-by-step video instructions with your friends or on your own.


Hardly known a few decades ago except among a handful of bohemian devotees, this ancient Indian art now has over 20 million practitioners in the United States alone, including countless celebrities. The question remains: Why hasn't the rest of the population joined in? After all, there are few other physical activities that strengthen the core and boost flexibility while also imparting a variety of mental health benefits, including stress relief. Tempted? Verywell Fit has a list of websites that'll help you learn the basics right at home.

With so many options available, it may be hard to settle on one. Give it some thought, and then get started. Soon, you'll be off on an exciting new journey that leads to good times and a sense of pride as your skills grow and grow.