• Clement S. Sealy, Jr.

REVENUE FOR MUSICIANS: IV-V-VI-VII

This last part of the series focuses on 4 other plateaus in monetizing your crafts and abilities as a musician.



IV: session or freelancer income


32. Session Musician/Sideman Fees for Studio Work Revenue paid to you for playing in a studio. Paid by label, producer or artist, depending on situation.

33. Session Musician/Sideman Fees for Live Work Revenue paid to you for playing in a live setting. Paid by label, producer or artist, depending on situation.


V: teacher or knowledge of craft


34. Music Teacher Revenue generated from teaching your musical craft.

35. Producer Money from producing another artists’ work in the studio or in a live setting.

36. Honoraria or Speakers Fees .

VI: branding or merchandise


37. YouTube Partner Program

Shared advertising revenue, paid to partners by YouTube.


38. Merchandise Sales Revenue generated from selling branded merchandise (t-shirts, hoodies, posters, etc.). Paid to artist/performer by fans.

39. Fan Club/Patronage Support Money directly from fans who are subscribing to your fan club or Patreon-like channel.

40. Persona Licensing Payments from a brand that is licensing your name or likeness (video games, comic books, Or other miscellaneous income from your website properties (click-thrus, commissions on Amazon sales, etc.)


41. Fan Funding

Money directly from fans to support an upcoming recording project or tour (Kickstarter, ledge Music, IndieGogo).


30. Product Endorsements Payments or free goods from a brand for you endorsing or using their product.

31. Acting In television, movies, commercials. 32. Sponsorship

Corporate support for a tour, or for your band/ensemble.

33. Grants From foundations, state or federal agencies. - YouTube Partner ProgramShared advertising revenue, paid to partners by YouTube. - Ad RevenueOr other miscellaneous income from your website properties (click-thrus, commissions on Amazon sales, etc.) - Fan FundingMoney directly from fans to support an upcoming recording project or tour (Kickstarter, Pledge Music, IndieGogo).



VII: other

34. Arts Administrator Money paid to you specifically for managing the administrative aspects of a group that you are a member of.

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