I am getting involved in many different conversations these days about music. I suppose to some I am an expert in the field. I would more say I have walked the road and learned some things. I have not achieved full-time status in music ever, so all I can offer are some tips.
In my experience a musician needs to create music, write songs. I suppose that makes you a more complete artist, but for me, that is the best route to go to make a living. From there, there are many marketing and revenue streams that open up to you. Although this is not exhaustive here are a few:
- Royalties from radio television and licensing.
- CD and Digital sales of your music
- Appearance fees
- Merchandise that supports or represents the music created
Creating and distributing all of these things is also a challenge. I think I will start a series of writings on this topic for you to follow if you are interested.