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No New Stock Music in 2020?

Let me explain why I've barely uploaded any new stock music in 2020. Mostly it's because of COVID, moving, and other music projects. They have taken up a lot of bandwidth.

But also, as a result of the thrust of this year, my heart just hasn't been in it.

Despite barely doing any new work, I've still earned around $800 this year based on tracks that I previously recorded and licensed!

So the moral of the story is twofold. First making music - even stock music - is supposed to be joyful. If it's not helping you out, it's totally ok to step back from it for a time. Second, if you start a music licensing side hustle (while you're feeling good), it can continue to deliver passives income for those times when you can't work on it.

To sign up for a free course to learn how to get started licensing your music, click here.

Of course, I'm not done with stock music by any means! I plan on uploading a bunch of new stuff in the next couple of months and continuing with it! 

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5 Most Common Music Licensing Mistakes

These are the 5 Music Licensing Mistakes I see my students making the most.

If you start creating stock music aware of these mistakes, you'll be sure to get more placements, sooner. Working on these elements is the key to licensing your music, so be sure to focus on them!

What do you struggle with with music licensing? Leave a comment below!

And if you're looking to start licensing your music, check out this free five day music licensing crash course!

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The 4 Best Music Libraries Accepting Submissions: A List of Music Submission Opportunities

Here are the four best music libraries currently accepting submissions by composers and producers. I’ve been licensing my music for the past five years, and this information is directly based on my experience earning thousands of dollars through licensing on these sites.

To get the most out of your music library submissions and start earning money from your music by signing up for this free 5 day music licensing challenge! Then you can start submitting your music to these sites, which are the best production music libraries for new musicians. 

I’ve found music licensing to be one of the best ways to earn passive income as a musician. I was able to earn over $10,000 in less than four years through my music licensing side hustle. And most of that money came through submitting my music to these four libraries.

There are lots of lists of libraries with music submission opportunities, but most of these aren’t based on personal experience. They're just a list...

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Do These 5 Things Before Submitting to Music Libraries

Have you been interested in earning money from your music by licensing it? Well, before you start submitting your music to libraries, be sure to do these five things. If you don't, you're more likely to get reject by libraries and earn less from your songs!

  • Write Songs with Strong Intros
  • Make Sure Your Song is Constantly Evolving
  • Mix & Master Your Song Well
  • Only Focus on Uploading Your Songs to the Best Libraries
  • Be Sure to Register with a PRO for Backend Royalties

We'll get into each of these topics below. But in case you're not yet sure what you're doing, check out this complete beginner's guide on how to license your music.

And if you're looking for a little more structured guidance, I invite you to join hundreds of students who have taken part in this free five-day music licensing challenge.

Write a Strong Intro

Before you submit your song to a music library, be sure to really think about its structure. I want you to pay special attention to the intro.

Now, put...

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Don't Upload To All the Stock Music Libraries!

Stop wasting your time uploading to libraries that don’t lead to sales! In this video I'll tell you why you should only focus on the best libraries (and what they are). If you're looking to sell stock music online, you need to work smart!

The "Spray and Pray" Music Licensing Model

Some people advocate a "spray and pray" model of music licensing, where they upload their songs to every non-exclusive library they can find in the hopes of chasing down every last dollar. Unfortunately, many of these sites will either never lead to a sale, or they pay so little that it really doesn't equal more than a few dollars.

I recommend focusing on the best few websites, and spending the extra time honing your craft, making more music, or living your life.

The Opportunity Cost of Uploading to Bad Stock Music Sites

In economics, there's something called "opportunity cost." Basically, it means the cost (in terms of time, money, etc.) of choosing Opportunity A instead of Opportunity B....

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5 Lessons to License Your Music Online

I’ve been seriously trying to license music online for about a year now. In the process of learning how to license stock music online this year, I’ve come up with five helpful tips I’d like to share.

This free video shows how to license your music online!

1. Don't Wait to Start Licensing Your Music - Start now!

I first heard about licensing stock music a couple of years ago. But like most things in life, I heard about it, I thought “huh, that’d be cool,” and promptly went on with my life.

Then, a year later I heard about it again. This time I actually signed up for a site (Audiojungle), and uploaded some songs. One of these royalty free songs was accepted, and even sold, netting me a cool $7.50.

I was ready for retirement.

Of course, Audiojungle also rejected a metric CRAP-TON of my songs. So I got frustrated and stopped trying to make royalty free music for a while.

About 6 months after that, April 2015, I finally...

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What is Royalty Free Music?

What is Royalty Free music? What’s Stock Music? What’s Production Music? What’s the difference?????

Aggggggggggggghhhh!

These terms can all be so confusing. It took me months to figure out what they each mean.

In fact, the terms royalty free music, stock music, and production music, mean the same thing (most of the time)!

But that’s not even the frustrating part!

Nope.

Because they’re often used incorrectly. Awesomesauce.

The difference between Royalty Free Music, Stock Music, and Production Music?

Ok, by now you’re probably thinking “WTF. This is absurd.”

And you’re right.

These, the terms are pretty much used interchangeably, and that’s how I use them on this site.

If you want more info, you can check out this video I made.

What is Royalty Free Music?

Typically, if someone writes a song, there are several different ways to make money.

The first type of right is called a mechanical royalty. It just means that whenever a...

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Should You License Your Music?

It took me a long time to convince myself that I should license my music. I struggled with a lot of issues.

  • Are my songs good enough?
  • Can I record a professional sounding track?
  • Am I a sell out?

Do these sound familiar?

So how did I finally convince myself that I should license my music?

Some people call this “imposter syndrome.” And the truth is that everyone suffers from it – even genuine pros. Just remember that everyone had to start somewhere!

How to Feel Confident in Your Songwriting

Well, first, I just kept writing songs. I wrote my first song more than 20 years ago. But that doesn’t mean that I’m an expert, or that I only write good songs, or that every (or most) songs I write are good.

What experience has given me is perspective. At least now I’ve written enough songs to know which ones are genuinely BAD. But because I’ve written enough songs, I’m not emotionally attached to these turds. I can let them rot on my hard drive...

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How to Mix Your Own Music - A Simple Hack to Improve Mixing

Everyone wants better mixes, but struggles with mixing music. Learning how to mix your own music is really challenging.

Better mixes take a lot of it skill, and learning how to mix music is a lifelong undertaking.

Some plugins and gear can help.

And more knowledge about how to mix music always help.

But the secret sauce to good mixing is process!

That’s right – you can have all the tips, tricks, gear, and plugins, but if your workflow sucks, your music mixes probably will too.

Sure, everyone is going to mix differently, with a different process. Some people like to use effects on the master bus. Some prefer to start mixing in mono (which you should definitely do at some point in your mix)!

Sometimes the choice of workflow is determined by the type of some you’re working on. For example, if a singer is really the star of the show, you may need to get her voice right first, before moving on. If it’s an EDM or Hip Hop song, you may need to start with the...

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How to License Your Music - Beginner’s Guide to Licensing Songs Online

Do you want to know how to license your music? Whether you dream of learning how to license your music for film and tv, or just need to earn a little income on the side, licensing your music can be incredibly rewarding.

Just a quick note about music licensing, though - it’s not a “get rich quick” scheme or a road to instant fame. but if you keep at it, you will find success.

This guide on how to license your music will cover the following topics:

  • An Overview of Music Licensing
  • What is Sync Licensing?
  • How to Write a Song that Can be Licensed
  • How to Record a Song for Licensing
  • Mix & Master your song for Licensing
  • Creating Alternate Mixes
  • Getting Your Songs Ready for Licensing
  • Where to License Your Music - Including the Best Sites to License Your Music
  • How to upload and tag the song with keywords
  • How to license your music for film and TV
  • Earn more money from licensing your music by registering with a Performing Rights...
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How To Make Money as Musician by Pursuing Your Passion

This 5-day mini course will show you exactly how to launch a music licensing side hustle so that you can finally get paid for your music!