Music Business: How to Make Money from Music
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Music Business: How to Make Money from Music

Practical Advice on Real Life Music Income Streams and How to Make Them Work for You
4.4 (14 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
571 students enrolled
Created by Eve Williams MMus
Last updated 10/2018
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 articles
  • 8 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Discover how to build regular, sustainable income
  • Gain an understanding of the variety of roles within the music industry

  • Make money from multiple music related revenue streams

  • Understand how money is made in the music industry and the going rates for different kinds of work in music
  • Find the right combination of income streams for you from live performance, session work, teaching, music publishing, music licensing, streaming and online earnings and merchandising
  • Be able to budget on music business expenses
  • Formulate a business plan for your music business including a template
  • Make money selling music online
  • Understand contracts and set favourable terms and conditions
  • Learn how to secure and exploit your copyrights
  • Build meaningful relationships with companies such as music publishers, promoters, labels, press and music licensing agencies
  • Maximise your use of the biggest online music services
  • You should be a competent musician who enjoys playing and/or writing

Students say: 

'Eve is a joy to listen to and she's consolidated her knowledge and research in a very practical way that makes me feel like I can go out and follow her advice with visible results. Thanks for this brilliant overview, Eve!'

Dom, Udemy student

'It is definitely very realistic, and upfront. I love the way the instructor addresses herself. She is right on point, professional. She looks very experienced, and I like her vibe! So far, I am enjoying the course very much! '

Waldo Diaz, Udemy student

'So much information for the real world. I will re-listen to many different areas. Excellent course! Thank you!'

Will Lucas, Udemy student

Would you like to earn money from music? Have you been earning money but would like to increase your income from music? Would you like to venture into new music related income streams?

If you would like to make a full time or part time living from music, this is the course for you.

In this course you will learn how to make money from music. This is not as daunting or as complex as it seems: we look at several different income streams which are easily accessible to musicians at any point in their careers, even if you do not yet have a huge following. The lectures are very practical and you will be able to put what you learn into practice quickly.

Have you been feeling frustrated that your dedication to music hasn't been paying off financially?  At last there is practical, actionable information that will help you start seeing the results you want from your music.

After leaving my 'sensible day job' due to a serious health condition, I signed a music publishing contract and have been earning money exclusively from music ever since. Not only have I earned money, I have worked with acclaimed and lovely people, travelled extensively and grown as a person. My music business is also a way of life! Many of me students tell em that they find this course practical and 'real world friendly' because online some other courses on this topic it doesn't require you to have an in depth knowledge of business or relate only to working with massive corporations (although a few of those are in here, too!). If you have never run your own business, all the steps you need to put into place to start making income in a self employed capacity are here.


Most pro musicians work a portfolio, meaning they make money from several different sources. In this course you will learn how to make money from several income streams in the music industry for a sustainable music career, including:

  • Live performance

  • Selling CDs and merchandise

  • Session work

  • Teaching

  • Songwriting and music publishing

  • Music Licensing (placing your music in film, TV, games etc)

  • Streaming and selling digital content

This course will help you find the right combination for you of these areas of work to make an income. We also look at practical things such as which organisations to sign up to so you are paid royalties, places to go for professional development and contracts that make sure you are paid fairly.

We will also look at writing a music business plan and building your professional profile. The course includes information on the going rate for specific music industry services and should help you to set up your own small music business.

You will have my personal support as you do so: I love to be asked questions and give feedback on students' music.

My Music Press:

'Eve has established herself as an artist of considerable sophistication, recognised for her powerful toplines and moving lyrics.'

-The Musician Magazine

Named One to Watch Twice by Nashville Songwriters Association

If you are excited to start a new chapter of your musical story, enrol now and I look forward to working with you!

Udemy offers a 30 day money back guarantee so you can buy the course with confidence.

'It's like being with a trusted friend in your own front room - there's no over-the-top promises about becoming a millionaire overnight, just warm, reasoned-out guidance that I've found really helpful.'

Andy Brice, Udemy Student

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to start earning money from their music
Course content
Expand all 41 lectures 03:39:02
+ Live Performance
7 lectures 27:22
Signing Up with an Agency
Community Music: Nursing Homes and Community Projects
Working for Free?
Live Performance Checklist
+ Selling CDs and Merchandise
4 lectures 38:56
The Current Market for Music
Keeping Costs Down
Promoting Your Products
Merchandise Checklist
+ Session Playing
2 lectures 02:54
Finding Session Work
Session Work Checklist
+ Teaching
11 lectures 01:36:52
Who Do You Want to Teach?
Qualifications, Experience and Attributes Needed to Teach
The Right Paperwork
Your Teaching Methods
Different Places to Teach
Setting Your Terms and Conditions
Teaching Admin
Promoting Your Teaching Business
Teaching Checklist
Bonus: Teaching on Udemy (Unofficial!)
+ Songwriting and Music Publishing
6 lectures 13:38
Make Money from Playing Your Own Songs
Get Other Artists to Record and Play Your Songs Live
Music Publishers
Types of Publishing Deals
Music Publishing and Licensing Checklist
+ Streaming: A Realistic Approach
5 lectures 16:11
Bonus: How to Make a Cool YouTube Music Video for Free
CDBaby and Bandcamp
+ Music Business Planning: Where to Go from Here
2 lectures 03:59
Business Plans
Discount Codes for My Courses