Make Money with Your Music:Part 1 – Work on Your Craft

01Dec09

The first step in starting to make money with your music is to make it actually worth money. If your music is not up to par, people will not part with their money to get it. You really need to take a good look at what you are doing and see where you can improve. Everyone can have great potential, but very few will actually invest the time, energy and money to turn that potential into something great.
One of the first things you should do is to get your music critiqued. Your friends and family don’t count….they won’t be completely honest with you and they see through what is to what could be. If you get an outside opinion you will see what someone outside your circle thinks of your music. BEWARE, you may not hear what you want to hear…think Simon Cowell on American Idol. This will help you see what you need to work on. You should get more than one opinion on your music, though, since one person’s opinions can vary greatly from others.
You should also join local songwriting and music groups. Many of these groups offer critique opportunities and you will learn alot from the other members.
In your quest for developing your craft you should also work on your music daily. Even an hour a day can really add up. You also need to look at popular artists in your genre and see how you stack up to them. They are your competition. The audience is used to hearing their quality so you better be just as good….or better. You should also look for online lessons…singing, songwriting, business, etc. You can never learn too much.
When you work on your craft you are sharpening your knife. That knife can help you cut through the clutter of independent music and maybe start making you some money.
Tomorrow I will talk about how to study the music business….
Please check out my music business that I have been working on since 1996: Sharpmusic.com

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