The Music Process: Making Money

In general, you should not expect to make much, if any, money from music. Do the music for you and not for anyone else. Don’t do it for the money because that is a really rough road to travel – and it leads to poverty (in my opinion).

Royalties

Royalties can be tough to obtain and you risk trampling on everyone elses music, as YouTube has shown us. Everyone wants their cut and a small snippet of someone elses music or a sample will get you in big trouble at YouTube.

Distribution

It would be a good idea to get a low-cost distributor for your music, and manage your own royalties. Do it yourself.

One of my favorites is DistroKid. They charge a low amount for a year’s worth of distribution nearly everywhere. I cannot say enough good things about them. Here are some of their videos:

Rights Management

DistroKid will manage your rights in a way and pay you a royalty for all the times your music is played. But you should get a membership (usually free) to a performing rights organization like ASCAP. I use ASCAP.