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How Music Pays My Bills

How Music pays my bills

What if I told you that music pays my bills?

Imagine if you could pay your bills as a musician through the money you earned selling your music?

Or if you made enough money selling music to donate to your favorite charity?

Imagine if you had a little extra money left over at the end of the month to buy a pitcher for your friends?

When music pays your bills, you can buy your friends a pint

Yum!

Well here’s how. Licensing your music is not rocket science. Here’s a quick video about what I do.

All you’ve got to do is take the first step.

Honestly, that’s the hardest part. I struggled so much with whether or not I should license my music. I was worried about whether it was good enough. I was worried about being a sellout. I was lazy.

I was scared.

Since I started selling music online last year, I’m now able to consistently pay my bills for my major expenses each month. And there’s always some extra money left over to donate to charity.

It’s not like I’m going to retire on this anytime soon. But the passive income I earn from licensing my music pays for my electric bill (why does that always seem to be going up?), my water bill (why does that always seem to be going up?), my cable bill (why does that always seem to be going up?), and my internet bill (why does it always seem to go up?).

Throw in the occasional gig, and I even earn enough to pay my cell phone bill (why does that always seem to be going up, too?).

(Also, to be clear, I’m not talking about some anthropomorphized version of music coming to life, logging on to my bank account every month, and making sure that the cable company hasn’t overcharged me before cutting a check, automatically, to each company. That is not how music pays my bills!)

It feels great to know that month in, month out, I have enough money coming in to not to have to worry about these bills. And having another source of income allows me to relax more and focus on song writing and performance. In fact, once you start selling stock music, you’ll find it creates an incentive more songwriting and music production!

Imagine what it would feel like if you didn’t have to stress out about finding money for your bills?

How selling music pays my bills

Bills, bills, bills.

Imagine if you weren’t completely dependent on your job. Instead you earned multiple streams of income.

Month in, month out music pays my bills or music pays for my gear.

And that’s why I’ve created these detailed monthly earnings reports to demonstrate how music pays my bills. I want to show you that licensing your music is a real job, and that there are tangible rewards if you put your mind to it (in addition to the reward of getting spend time making music!).

In addition, I always first I set aside 10% to donate to a charity. Being paid to make music is a gift. I still can’t believe it, sometimes. Being fortunate enough to get paid to make art is a gift that I feel obligated to reciprocate (that’s also part of the reason why I made this site).

So come on, I challenge you to do even better a selling your music online than I have. This video will walk you through the process.

Start small, and keep writing music.

Take that first action step right now.

Head over to Pond 5 and sign up for an account.

Be kind! Spread the word!

About the Author

Evan has been writing & recording music for the past couple decades. He's thrilled to have his songs have been played on NPR, the Outdoor Network, Verizon's On Demand Channel, and more. He's spent the past year teaching folks how they too can get started licensing their music.