Make Money Writing Music at Home
With the new digital age of music upon us, there are several options available for musicians and producers to make money writing songs from home. With thousands of music publishing companies available at your disposal, your home based recording business can be very lucrative. Most musicians nowadays have some sort of Audio Editing/multitrack software on their PC’s. Little do they know that this is a powerful tool that can be used to make money in music publishing. Most musicians can play multiple instruments, therefore, they can write their own music, in different genres, giving them options when targeting a specific style. Instrumental music is used everyday in thousands of different formats. For instance, documentaries use instrumental music as background music. TV and Radio are always using instrumentals for commercials. They usually require a specific type of format in 15, 30 and 60 second spots, with multiple versions desired. Movies soundtracks are much more elaborate, and usually have orchestration: (strings, etc.), but there are new Virtual Instrument software programs for your PC that can simulate such arrangements. Each Music Publisher is usually looking for a specific format/genre. If you develop a library of material to submit, your chances are better for your works being accepted.
Collaboration is another way to diversify your recordings. Using internet based classified ads, your can find vocalists, guitar/bass players, and orchestration arrangers for your projects. These musicians usually have home recording software, or some other means to record their tracks for your songwriting collaboration. There are several file sharing sites to upload/download and exchange files. Most emails limit your file uploads. When sharing recorded music files, higher quality is key to a quality result in your final mix. Using an internet based file sharing program will payoff. Some of them are free of charge, as long as you don’t share large numbers of files.
All songs that you write/record with your collaborators should be copyrighted before submitting to publishers. Agree to terms with your collaborators and GET IT IN WRITING!! ASCAP now has ways to register songs online. This will protect your agreements you make with other songwriters, so there are no discrepancies down the road. Publishing companies usually take 50% of royalties, this is standard for all publishers. If publishers accept your song, and an artist wants to license the song, the licensing fee can range anywhere from $2500 to $10,000!!! Any royalties made after the song is released, 50% goes to the publisher and the rest is split between you and your songwriters. Sounds like a ripoff, but if that song is making a million dollars, think of the rewards.