If you've been following me for a while, you've probably read my book, "How I Make $100,000/year in the Music Business (Without a Record Label, Manager, or Booking Agent)." If not, I suggest trying to find a copy. It's out of print, but the methods still work and there are usually used copies available on Amazon.
When I was actively promoting this book, people would always ask me about the title. The "$100,000year" was very enticing...
The title had nothing to do with me though. It was about my co-author and the money he was making as a working musician.
But there is more to the story...
Although I'm known as a marketing guy, I'm also a musician. I'm not talking about playing a few chords on guitar either. I've played since I was a kid, I studied music in college, and my degree is in music. I was once a working musician and I still have a publishing company.
I'm just like you. I know what it's like to want my music heard. I know what it's like to want respect as a musician.
So why are you just now finding this out? Because marketing is my real strength.
I started my own direct mail business when I was a teenager. When I was in college, the volume of mail I received was so great that I had to work out a special deal with the campus postal service, who refused to deliver the buckets of mail I'd receive to my dorm, since I was running a business via my campus address, and would make me come pick everything up at the main post office.
Marketing is what I was born to do...not music. But coming from the musician culture, I wanted to stick around. I didn't want anybody thinking I was a failed musician trying to make money on others in the business though.
Being a marketing guy, I branched out to various things... Most of you know about my syndicated radio show, books like the one mentioned above, and my live "bootcamp" events to help musicians sell more music and get more people to their shows.
But what you might not know is that I make a ton of money via licensing.
Music licensing is the licensed use of copyrighted music. This allows companies such as those in the film/TV and video game industries to use your music in exchange for money, a licensing fee.
There is big money to be made in music licensing. Big money. It's not uncommon for independent artists and songwriters to get five-figures at a time. But it can be a lot more than five-figures...
The Rolling Stones song ''(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction'' can be heard on a TV commercial for Snickers, played by studio musicians. The candy bar has used the slogan ''Snickers Satisfies'' for years and wanted to use ''Satisfaction'' in a big way.
How big? Music publisher ABKCO, which owns the rights, received $4,000,000.00, of which songwriters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards got $2,800,000.00.
Not a bad day's work.
Will you make that kind of money via licensing? I doubt it. But as I mentioned earlier, it's not uncommon for indie musicians and songwriters to pull in five-figures at a time...and that's not bad. ;)
- Would you be happy with a five-figure licensing deal?
- What would that kind of money mean to you and your music career?
Again, this stuff isn't uncommon. You can do this. I know because I've done it...and continue to do it.
Your time to make this happen is now.
The opportunity to license your music to film and television companies had never been better. The time to license your music to advertising companies has never been better. And the video game industry brings in $18 BILLION per year. How much of that goes to licensing music? Plenty.
I'm going to show you how to do this...free.
Over the new few weeks, I'll be posting a series of videos, audios, and other information on how you can make a killing with music licensing. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions and even email me directly.
By the time we're done, you'll have everything you need to know. :)
Again, this is free...a gift from me to you.
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That's it! Looking forward to talking more with you about getting your music licensed to film, television, and video games soon!