Sites To Help Monetize Your Music Making Hobby
Post date:Fri, 02/05/2021 - 09:06
For most synthesizer enthusiasts creating music is purely a hobby and a creative outlet. There are, of course, plenty of ways to share your music online for free, but earning income through music is typically thought of as something that is reserved for professionals. However, this does not have to be the case. There are opportunities online for anyone with some skill and experience to generate cash using their synthesizer skills. It is unlikely to make anyone rich overnight and still requires hard work but can serve as a good way to motivate yourself to finish projects. Everyone knows the usual places to sell music online, such as Bandcamp, but here are a few other online services that can help get you started with getting more out of your hobby.
Tracks & Fields
Tracks & Fields is one of the industry's first web based music pitching solutions. The site features briefings from a variety of brand clients that range from film directors and production companies to ad agencies. Users can browse through all the requests to find something that fits their specialty, such as film, television, advertising, or even games. These briefings also indicate the budget and brief of how the music must sound and what the deadline is. The amount of submissions that you are allowed per month is based on a subscription method, though, with prices starting at 4.99 € for the basic plan. The big draw of Tracks & Fields is that they often feature major brands, so if your work is up to scratch it is possible to earn some decent money. The briefs are also great for beginners who want to challenge themselves to create something according to specifications.
Everyone is familiar with royalty-free image sites such as Shutterstock and Pixabay, but Audiojungle is the audio equivalent. You can submit your work in categories such as music, music packs, music kits, sound, source files, and logos and idents. This means that whether you specialize in game sound effects or cartoon sound effects, your work could be useful to someone who uses Audiojungle. The site is part of Envato Market and has been up and running since 2008, so it has a lot of credibility. Audiojungle has extensive guidelines for uploads, such as up to five variations on a single piece of music and duration limits for sound packs. It has also been reported that their selection process is more stringent than other royalty music websites, but if you are talented enough it is a great way to get your audio online.
Pond5 is one of the main competitors for Audiojungle and allows you to set your own prices and earn an industry-leading percentage of every sale. According to Pond5 you also retain your rights and can count on dedicated support. You can sell your audio exclusively on Pond5, but since this is not a requirement it also means you can offer your work on other portals at the same time to increase exposure and sales. However, by becoming an exclusive contributor you have access to better commission rates. Pond5 launched in 2006 as the first royalty-free video marketplace before branching out to include music and sound effects as well. The registration process for Pond5 is also a lot easier than other services and you can upload your work through their website interface or via FTP.
Why struggle to individually get your music up on sites such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Deezer, and more when you can do so easily with iMusician. According to iMusician, their mission is to be heroes for DIY musicians and independent record labels around the world. To accomplish this, they make it easy for everyone to sell as well as manage, protect and monetize their own music. The service launched in 2010 and currently has over 200,000 members. Membership range from a $2 pay-per-release package for those who are just getting started and want to get their track up on one store of their choice to a $5 package that includes 200+ stores. Flat rate yearly subscription packages of $299 are also available for those with high-volume release schedules. No annual renewal fees mean after paying once your tracks will be in stores forever and with YouTube Content ID you can monetize your music. iMusician also offers promotion services for an additional fee.
There's nothing wrong with setting up your home studio and creating music purely for your own enjoyment, but using the services are not just useful for earning extra money. By committing to something or working according to briefs you can also learn self-discipline and motivate yourself to finish all those projects that were started, but never finished. Let us know in the comments below if music is just a hobby for you or if you have ventured into the murky waters of monetizing your creations before.