How to have a middleclass career as a Composer

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 www.crucialmusic.com, www.musicdealers.com, www.tribeofnoise.com, www.mibemusc.com and www.bedtracks.com. 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.

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