How to have a middleclass career as a Composer

Posted by EricHarper Category: Blog

Photo on 11-26-2013 at 9.50 PM #3Step 1: Compose 800 songs.

(Each song should be between 1-1.5 min long. Compose the songs quickly and with efficiency. Don’t spend too much time on them. If you can compose 3 songs in a day then you’ll reach this goal in a year and a half. Or if you’re married with kids, like myself, then it might be more realistic to compose one song a day. That will have you reach your goal in 4 years.)

Step 2: Make sure you cover all major genres.

(Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Country, Electronic, Acoustic and World).

Step 3: Make sure you cover many different types of moods.

(Happy, Sad, Suspense, Drama, Somber, Uplifting, Thriller, Action, Nostalgic, etc).

Step 4: Always make 15, 30 & 60 second versions, as well as 8 bar and 16 bar looped versions of every song.

(Obviously you won’t have to make a 60 second version if the song is only a minute long.)

Step 5: Upload them to at least 10-20 non-exclusive Music Licensing sites.

(Make sure that any site you upload to pays you at least 50% in royalties and doesn’t charge anything to place your music on their site. Some of my favorite sites are,,, and You can search Google for more sites.)

Step 6: Sit back and let the royalties come in.

(This is relative of course but in the end it’s a numbers game. The more quantity you have out there the better your chances are of having a successful career with passive income.)

Tip: To get an idea of what to compose check out my Song A Day page.