I was wondering if you could do a short video about making a living as a musician. You seem to have been doing it for a long time and nobody around me personally has been all that supportive of my interest in it as a career. They just don’t think that I can make a living as a guitaist.
~ Mac - Bakersfield, CA. U.S.A.
This topic is one of the most popular questions that I get asked off of both my web-site and from my YouTube channel.
The whole idea of "making money - making music" is something that a great deal of people who have any level of musical talent often wonder about. And, the simple answer is yes - you can carve out a decent living as a musician! However, it isn't easy and it get's more difficult as technology keeps playing a larger role.
I have produced a four part series of video lectures to try and answer this question, however due to the magnitude of the question itself there are areas that have unfortuneately been left out. I would highly suggest researching the topic much more thouroughly (both online and in many of the excellent books available on the market). If you plan on becoming a musician as a career path in your life, it is well worth the time spent reading and learning all that you can about this business.
I hope you enjoy the music business video series I have created and if you have any further questions please feel free to contact me. I will do my best to answer all of your questions.
- Andrew Wasson
SESSION ONE: MAKING MONEY AS A MUSICIAN... Getting Started!
SESSION TWO: PART ONE - FINDING WORK AS A MUSICIAN
PART TWO - THE BUSINESS OF THE BUSINESS
SESSION THREE: MUSICIANS AND THE INTERNET
SESSION FOUR: MUSICIANS AND LONG TERM FINANCES
Making Money as a Musician (2014)