Written by Omari
I recently did a survey asking indie artists, producers, and musicians how much music income they made every month. I wasn’t expecting everyone to be making thousands of dollars, but I certainly didn’t expect that nearly everyone was making next to nothing.
In fact, no one I surveyed was making over $1,000/month from their music.
This needs to change!
Making money certainly isn’t everything, but I wouldn’t want any artist out there to not be able to earn their living running their music business simply because they had poor marketing strategies and business acumen.
Aside from making a living, artists should at least know how to make a viable side income from their music career.
The music industry has been the butt of far too many jokes for far too long. How many times have you heard someone say something like:
“Music is an art, you shouldn’t get paid from it.”
Or you’ve heard a parent tell their child something like:
“Pursuing music was fine when you were a teenager, but it’s time to grow up and get a real job.”
How did the music industry get such a bad wrap?
I believe people (including artists, musicians, and producers) fell into believing these lies because no one told them otherwise.
So I’m going to give you 3 key reasons why over 91% of artists don’t make $500/month.