Ten Ways to Make Money with Music

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Jobs in the music business can be exciting, fun, and rewarding, but they’re also tough to get. When your soul cries out for song, though, a music gig might be just the thing you need to create a satisfying career or side moneymaking business. Here are 10 of the best jobs for musicians and those who love music.
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Starting a Band to Make Extra Cash

Starting a band can earn you extra cash. Image by Ghost of Kuji
Starting a band can earn you extra cash. Image by Ghost of Kuji
Starting a band is one of those lifelong dream kinda things, but that doesn’t mean it’s out of your reach. In truth, the likelihood that you’ll hit it big and become the kind of international superstar who performs to sell-out crowds around the globe is really, really low. But if you’re simply looking for a way to get a little extra cash and have some fun, starting a band that plays at weddings, local events and small venues in your region is a real moneymaking possibility. Keep in mind that small bands playing a specific subset of music may end up in more demand than a generic band that tries to play everything- so try to keep a balance between being a generalist and specialist. Think outside the box to find your ideal band- it may be a small chamber music orchestra or a zydeco band or a mariachi band or a tribute band that focuses on music by a small subset of groups from the late 80s. There’s room for all kinds of bands out there, and your community may be particularly lacking in a specific type, leaving a niche you can profitably fill.
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