Top 8 ways to earn Passive Income from music -

Releasing music and touring can get you some decent money, however there are even easier ways to make some extra cash. Here are 8 different ways you can make passive income with your music.

by Randi Zimmerman from the Symphonic Blog.
As an independent artist, we understand you’re wearing a million different hats at once. You’re making music, managing your schedule, touring, and so much more all at the same time. That being said, it’s important that you’re making as much money as possible to support your endeavors without burning yourself out. To do that, having passive sources of income can make a huge difference. In this post, we’ll give you 8 ways to earn passive income as an independent musician.
Income made from subscription based services is a great way to get more money on a consistent basis as an artist. This gives you income directly from fans who love to support your work. All this is is essential a monthly subscription to whatever you want to offer your fans, whether that be exclusive music, behind-the-scenes content, or whatever else you have to give.
There are a couple ways you can do this, but one of the most popular ways is through Patreon.
When we talk about sync licensing in the music business, we’re referring to the act of synchronizing a piece of music with any form of visual media. This includes movies, TV episodes, commercials, video games, etc. When your music is features in any of these places, you get paid. Easy as that.
How does it work? — Once you get picked up for a placement, you may have an advance and backend royalties. Typically, advances are paidout directly while backend royalties are paid out to the societies you’re registered with, aka ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC.
To make it easy for you, you can actually do this through us, too. With Symphonic, you can get started with sync licensing through our in-house sync licensing division, Bodega Sync. Once accepted, your music is pitched to supervisors and advertising agencies, we negotiate licensing deals, complete all the paperwork, and make sure you get paid properly.
YouTube’s Content ID is a digital fingerprinting system that content creators (and musicians) like you can use to easily identify and manage their copyrighted content on YouTube. When you do this through Symphonic, that means you would upload your music to us and we go ahead and upload it to YouTube’s Content ID system. When that happens, any song that is uploaded is compared against audio and video files that have been uploaded by many users all over the world.
How can this make you money? If a match is found, we will, by default, monetize that video that has been matched and claimed thus bringing you more royalties and ensuring that your works aren’t being illegally shared and monetized by others.
Similarly to Content ID with YouTube, our partnership with Facebook does the same thing on Instagram and Facebook. We upload content into Facebook’s systems in order to scan for anyone using that same content. Then, the content is available for use on Instagram and Lip Sync Live and Instagram Stories.
Then, we also deliver your content to Rights Manager for FB/IG allows us to monetize your sound recording catalogue through reels, music stickers, and ad-supported posts and more. (Click here to learn how to claim this content with Symphonic.)
Just like with the above two, you can do this on TikTok as well. Here at Symphonic, we have a partnership with TikTok that allows our clients to deliver their tracks onto TikTok for creators to use in their videos. That means whenever anyone uses your music in their videos, you get paid. To get this done with us, click here.
With SoundCloud, you have the benefit of a large community of like-minded artists to get insights from and to collaborate and connect with within a positive community of creatives. SoundCloud is notoriously “by musicians, for musicians” and it’s not a bad idea to use that to your advantage.
Symphonic can monetize your tracks and profile on SoundCloud and also deliver your catalogue to SoundCloud Go. To make sure you’re making money here, click here to sign up for Soundcloud Monetization.
Don’t be humble… You’ve got skills. Mad skills, in fact. Teach others how to master your craft by teaching online courses through websites like Skillshare or Teachable. If you’ve got the time, this is a great way to not only improve yourself through the repetition of practice, but get paid and teach others how to better themselves. It’s a win-win.
Would we really be doing this post justice is we didn’t mention the OG here? Selling merch is a great way to make more money on the side without having to overexert yourself. Odds are you already have some merch available online. If that’s the case, it doesn’t hurt to make sure you’re driving as much traffic as possible here.
You can ensure this in a couple ways.
Trust me, I understand it sucks to have to focus on anything other than just making great music. However, anyone who’s been in this game for a minute knows the hustle is a part of the process. Making more money on the side helps you support the things you need to move forward as an artist. Whether that be to buy better equipment, reinvest in yourself, step up your advertising, or whatever else, earning passive income is a great way to do so.
Good luck!
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