Sell Your Songs
& Build Your Music Business!
(Important Info & Strategies)
Regardless of which music career path you choose you must understand one important thing: the music business is a business!
The goal of this business is to "use your songs to make money".
But let's be realistic; you're not going to be successful in any business if you don't understand your customer.
If you want to make a living in the music business you must be able to take off your "artist" hat, put on your "business" hat, and start to think about your songs as products for customers.
So the question is "just who is your customer?" Who *needs* (yes needs) to buy your songs?
Spoiler Alert: It's NOT your fans or audience!
That's right! As a professional singer - songwriter or lyric writer your business is NOT to sell your songs to your audience. Sure they'll buy your songs if they really like them, but your fans do not *need* your songs.
Think about it. As a fan, how many times did you hear a song before finally deciding to buy the track?
It has to be pretty darn special for you to pay even $1.99 because you can hear it for free. And if you do buy it, what does it do for you? Nothing; you don't *need* the song for anything. We love songs but we don't need them to live.
Yes, songs can help us through difficult times or be the soundtrack to important events in our lives, but songs just entertain us. They don't solve any problems for us.
Trust me, I'm sharing a HUGE secret here. It's like a magic trick or slight-of-hand; while we're paying attention to the illusion the magician is making off with our money.
Your fans are not your customers. As a singer - songwriter or lyricist you're not in the music business to sell your songs *to your fans*.
Click here to learn who your customer really is...and then you'll understand why independent music artists struggle to build stable music businesses while record companies get richer and richer.
- Singer / Songwriter -
What is a singer/songwriter and how do they earn a living? The answer may
- Musical Staff Writer
- What does it mean to be part of a songwriting team?
- Freelance Songwriter
- (variation of staff writer)
Exactly what the name suggests; you're a one-man business.
- Jingle Writer -
Commercials are everywhere and most of them have a little tune you
remember..."like a good neighbor, the jingle is there!"
- Lyricist - It's all
about the spoken or written word.
- Music Supervisor - You're in
charge of assembling the music for film or other visual art.
- Librettist: For Musical
Theater - You write lyrics for the thee-eh-ta; plays and such.
- Music Producer / Music Composer - It's all about the music...and much more!
With the growing popularity of singing competitions, the power of social media and the internet, your chance to have a successful music career has never been more possible than right now.
But because there are also so many people who want to be professional songwriters, lyric writers and composers as badly as you do, competition is fierce! So you need a strategy...
You must show you can make songs people love *before* companies will invest in you. That means you automatically start as an "indie" (i.e. independent professional), until you grow in enough popularity that companies take notice.
When you've graduated to being a pretty good songwriter & musician and you're ready to begin building your music career, There are four pieces you need in order begin promote yourself:
How to start a small business - Publish a
professional profile so that other artists, professionals and companies can contact you.
- How to promote your music - Setup easy ways
for your fans to build popularity for you and your music.
- Music Marketing - Get yourself an exposure platform to build fans.
- Music Distribution - sharing your new songs.
In the business world this is called a marketing strategy, and until you're able to join a company and use their resources, you must market yourself & your skills to grow your music business.
Think of marketing and promotion as the wings on a plane, while your product (i.e. your songs) is the engine or propeller. You can't fly without wings no matter how strong your engine is.
In the same way, It doesn't matter how great of a songwriter or musician you are if no one knows you exist. Without a market (or fan base) you won't have a music business no matter how well you write, sing or play.
So Let Us Begin.
Learning how to promote yourself to build your music business comes later in the process. If you're still at the beginning stages of trying to learn how to write great songs then join my training group.
Let's first learn how to write great songs like your favorite hits from the radio and train to become a great songwriter in four steps, and then be guided though building your music business:
Download my free 6-step exercise manual to prepare your lyrical content
for structuring. Having your song lyric fully fleshed-out before piecing it
together is important.
- Learn important skills and tips about each song section not taught in music
theory class to learn how to
structure your next song.
- Follow audio & video songwriting lessons to complete your
- Also, as a member get exclusive deals on all professional songwriting tools & courses offered on this website.
In a few weeks you'll have access to everything you need to start writing great songs. You've already taken the first step by searching for this info.
And reading this complete article proves you are passionate about entering the music business. So take the next step. There's no cost to join and no obligation to stay.
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Updated: February 19, 2020
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