HOW TO MAKE A LIVING AS AN ARTIST
Our Culture Hub is a space built to help creative entrepreneurs to thrive. A wise woman once said, "Honey, go get yo money." Making a living as a music or visual artist can be challenging, but it is not impossible. We want all of our people to be able to make the most of their gifts and help put something towards the light bill. In lieu of that, here are five ways to make a living as a music or visual artist:
- Perform live: One way to make money as a musician is to perform live. This could be at a venue, a festival, or even a street corner. Many musicians also make money by playing at private events such as weddings or parties. Busking is a very effective means of making some coin. Our brother Will Casanova is a beautiful example of this. Yall should reach out to him if you want some advice.
- Sell merchandise: Another way to make money as a musician is to sell merchandise such as t-shirts, CDs, and other items that feature your band or artwork. You can sell these items at your shows or online through a website or social media. Our brother A-Game has mastered the art of selling merch and is a great resource for knowledge. Make sure you holla at him and get some game (pun intended).
- Streaming revenue: With the rise of streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube, it's becoming increasingly easy for artists to make money from streaming revenue. By uploading your music to these platforms, you can earn money every time someone streams your music.
- Commissioned work: Visual artists can make a living by taking on commissioned work. This could be anything from creating a painting for a private collector to designing a logo for a business.
- Teaching and mentoring: Both musicians and visual artists can make money by teaching and mentoring others. You can teach private lessons, lead workshops, or mentor aspiring artists. This not only allows you to share your knowledge and experience but also helps you to connect with other artists and potential clients. PS: I got a job as a substitute teacher. If you can't find work you can always come in this classroom and join the good fight for the future.
In conclusion, making a living as a music or visual artist takes creativity, persistence, and a bit of business acumen. While it may not be easy, with the right approach and a strong work ethic, you can make a living doing what you love. Remember to be open to new opportunities, and never ever, ever, ever (Andre 3000 voice) give up on your dreams. Peace.
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