5 Less Common Music Jobs That Don’t Sacrifice Your Creativity

We’ve talked about alternate music jobs in a previous post, while all were viable alternatives, not all were conducive to your creativity. That said, in this article, we’ll talk about the less common jobs musicians can take on without having to sacrifice anything. The less traveled road, if you will.


Whether you are an established musician or a new kid on the block, earning from your passion can be difficult – what with collapsing album sales, piracy, and the proliferating streaming industry (which still makes musicians money, albeit significantly less). So how do you augment your income as an artist?

Let’s explore the less common music jobs that are out there to give you an idea how you can earn more yet still be creative.

1. Writing Off-Broadway Songs/Music

Broadway music is made by established and often award-winning songwriters. But since they all take on high-profile, big budget plays, why not try your hand with off-broadway shows? All plays need some sort of musical score and songs to go with it, and you can ear decent money from it too. However, the best way to get these gigs is not through an agent, but rather via networking with other artists. This is because agents usually work with projects that have a high profile, and off-broadway shows aren’t usually buzz worthy. That said, there’s a huge potential to earn here, all you have to do is find it.

2. Studio Rentals

Let’s say you have your own studio to rehearse in, how about earning from it whenever you don’t just it? Let the space earn for itself by renting it out. There are many artists out there who need a rehearsal space, but can’t afford to build their own. Why not share your blessings and rent it out for a fee? Don’t charge exorbitant rates, but rather charge only what’s fair. Even if the rate isn’t that high, it’s better than letting your studio sit doing nothing whenever you and your band don’t rehearse.

Additionally, if you have your own recording equipment, you can charge for recording sessions as well.

3. Pre-Selling Your Next Album

Recording an album takes money and effort. The time you spend recording is time not spent earning money from shows, and what-not. Also, if you don’t have much capital to begin with, you might not even end up with a quality recording. To help earn you money AND fund your next album, try to pre-sell you album to your fans. You can offer the album at a discount with some freebies, say a night out with the lead vocalist or guitarist, etc. By doing so, you earn money while ensuring that the next album you put out won’t be limited by dwindling funds.

4. Do Live Online Shows

During days when gigs are scarce, you most likely are itching to play on-stage again. When no gigs are lined up, you can do live online shows for your fans. They pay for access and they get to watch you from their own couches. You not only reach out to your fans and potential fans, you also take full advantage of today’s technology. A great site to hold live online shows is Stageit.com, for the small percentage of your ticket sales, the site will allow you to perform a live streaming show. They also allow fans to tip you during your performances.

5. Partner with YouTube

For non-live online show revenue, you can partner up with YouTube on your channel. You post your performances and as a partner, you earn from ads and placements that you allow to show up on your channel. A quick and easy way to earn.

These are not, by all means, the end-all and be-all of music jobs available to you that don’t require the sacrifice of your creativity. Take this list as a jumping-off point. Try it out and see what works. By exposing yourself to these alternative music jobs, you also learn how the world work these days and maybe you can come up with your own revenue-generating project.

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