Music Producer’s Guide to Running a Virtual Recording Studio
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The most comprehensive blueprint for making a living recording/writing music for clients in the modern age. Guaranteed!
4.7 (41 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
533 students enrolled
Last updated 10/2015
Price: $75
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 36 mins on-demand audio
  • 4 Articles
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Make an incredible living creating music!
  • Start, manage, and run your own virtual recording studio business
  • Acquire better and higher paying clients (Artists, Songwriters, Companies) from all over the world
  • Build your lifelong brand and set up your company legitimately
  • Create a pro website that gets found on search engines and converts clients
  • Expand your current production or studio business
  • Navigate the music industry and avoid pitfalls
  • Know essential places where you can start getting paid audio work RIGHT NOW
  • Know how to transition from being a freelancer into a full-blown audio company with staff and multiple streams of revenue
  • Become a better entrepreneur in general by learning skills that can be applied to any business
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  • Basic knowledge of your craft (producing, recording, songwriting)
  • Have a passion and drive for starting and running your own music company

***UPDATE 9/2/16: Special $75 pricing - now back for a limited time + New Facebook community!" 

***UPDATE 2/3/16: Over 6 hours of content! + Featured on "The Pro Audio Files!"

***UPDATE 2/1/16: Over 400 students and many 16 great reviews in the first 90 days!**

Music producer? Home studio owner? Songwriter?

Do you want to make a great living doing what you love? Then listen up!

Fact! There are thousands of artists, songwriters, and brands in the world who need audio services such as songwriting, recording, and production. Yet... Most recording engineers, producers, and songwriters can't make a sustainable career doing what they love.

Why? Most audio professionals aren't adapting to the digital age "new music industry", they have no idea where to start when it comes to creating/managing their business, and they are at a complete stand-still when it comes to finding new clients. Recording schools & YouTube tutorials don't teach that stuff...

The Solution! I've created the most comprehensive course that will allow you to effectively start, run, and grow your own audio service company (Virtual Recording Studio). This is the exact blueprint for my personal music company which has allowed me to:

  • Make over $100K/year and not just "survive in music" but thrive!
  • Acquire over 200 clients in 20 different countries (over 450 total projects)
  • Hire my best friends full time to create music with me
  • Make music my business, and do what I love for a living
  • Set my own hours, travel, and have freedom


You can do this! I wasn't a marketing guru or phenomenal music creator when I started. I was a regular guy who happened to stumble upon an incredible business model. I worked in regular studios recording local clients and did okay, but my career tripled when I got smart and took my business online. I created a "Virtual Recording Studio" and that's what I am going to show you how to do too!


  • The exact process for creating a "Virtual Recording Studio" which will allow you to work with clients all over the world.
  • You'll learn 3 places where you can start getting paid audio clients RIGHT NOW
  • How to quickly build a website from scratch that will convert visitors into clients and get found on search engines when people are looking for audio pros like you!
  • What the most effective TYPE of website you should have for your business and the MUST HAVE elements for it.
  • How to set up your business legitimately in the beginning for long-term success!
  • I'll walk you through how to envision and build your perfect brand
  • I'll show you the best tools for effortlessly managing your company like a pro!
  • You'll learn essential business foundations such as sales and marketing so that you can get better clients and win bigger gigs!
  • How to virtually collaborate with your clients (Songwriters, Artists, Companies, Labels)
  • How to get mentally prepared to run your own music company and how to overcome obstacles and avoid pitfalls so that you can outshine your competition.
  • How to transition from being a freelancer into a full-blown company with employees!

Overall, this is deeper than just making a living creating music for clients... After you take this course you will be a more knowledgable and more prepared entrepreneur in general!

Are you ready to finally make things happen? Click the big "Take This Course" button in the top right and study under a professional who's done this! You'll be glad that you did. This is the absolute best step that you can take on your path of creating music full time!


Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who has an interest in making a great living creating and writing music for clients
  • Also great for home and pro studio owners who want to expand their business
  • Musicians, producers, recording engineers, and songwriters
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Curriculum For This Course
64 Lectures
7 Lectures 24:10

In this first course you'll get to learn a little more about who I am (your instructor), my story, and why I am the most qualified person to help you start your virtual recording studio business journey!

Preview 07:57

In this lecture I'll show you all of the exciting things you'll learn in this course. You'll also know what amazing things you'll be able to accomplish upon completing this course!

Preview 02:30

I want you to get the MOST out of this course so I put together this lecture to give insights on how to maximize your learning experience.

Best Practices For Studying This Course!

In this lecture we talk about what a "virtual recording studio" is and how it works.

Preview 01:26

I'll show you REAL income that I'm earning from my virtual recording studio so that you can see some proof. It's important that I add an element of "realness" to this. You don't have to be a fancy marketing guru or even be the best music creator in the world. My hope is that these numbers will inspire you to succeed!

Preview 02:23

Who uses virtual recording studios? You'd be surprised! In this lecture I talk about all of the different types of clients and projects that you'll be able to acquire.

What Kind Of Client's Work With Virtual Recording Studios?

Working online comes with both pros and cons. I want to educate you on both so that you can weigh out those pros and cons and see if you feel that this business model is a fit for you!

Pros & Cons Of Working "Virtually" With Clients On The Internet
4 Lectures 15:00

Most recording engineers and producers can't make a sustainable living doing it. In this lecture I'll tell you why!

Top 5 Reasons That Music Producers & Recording Engineers Fail In The Modern Age

It's a common misconception that in order to succeed you have to be "the best". In this lecture I de-bunk that myth and give you my true thoughts on the subject.

You Don't Have To Be "The Best" In Order To Succeed

In this lecture I give you a heads up on the costs involved with starting/running a virtual recording studio business, as well as give you insights on how to leverage your day job. This lecture also includes tips on what types of day jobs are a good fit for running a virtual recording company!

Preview 06:00

Are you really cut out for this? I ask some important questions that you'll need to answer honestly in order to find out if this is really a fit for you.

Are You Cut Out For This?
4 pages
4 Lectures 07:29

Start getting clients while you take this course!

Start Getting Clients WHILE You Take This Course!

This first place I'll show you is a website that gets us a minimum of $1000 per month in audio gigs. It's my favorite!

First Place - We Make At least $1000 Per Month Here...

It's important that your brand has reach so I'm revealing a second place where I recommend you have a presence. Although it's slightly different from there first... there are some similarities.

Second Place - A Flat-Rate Audio Service Website

Now, this one may shock you. Craigslist? Really? Yes! Hear me out... In this lecture I tell the story on how we got our biggest client to date on Craigslist.

Third Place - My $30K Craigslist Story
8 Lectures 41:31

In this lecture we discuss what a brand is, how to create your brand, and why it's important. I also include an article on Branding Vs. Marketing so that you know the difference.

Preview 02:35

In this lecture I show you examples of different types of virtual recording studios so that you can see how others are branding their business.

Preview 04:39

In this lecture we talk about "what makes you special" and how to determine what you'll over clients.

What Makes You Special? What Will You Offer?

In this lecture I'll show you a real life case study of how my company has developed it's brand to adapt to a new market.

Preview 07:26

Your name IS your business! In this lecture I go over different types of business names, give you some inspiration, and talk about how to strategically name your company based on your big picture goals!

Your Company Name (Different Types)

We live in a vane world. Everything you do has to look cool and look professional. In this lecture I show you how to create amazing graphics for your marketing, website, and more WITHOUT being a graphic designer!

Your Look - Creating Awesome Visuals for Cheap or Free

Your sound is a huge part of your brand. Your company is built around the art that you create. In this lecture I'm going to show you have to build a comprehensive music portfolio and reveal a few "slick ways" to present it to your audience that you make you look super pro!

Your Sound - How to Build A Comprehensive Music Portfolio

What is brand consistency? It's the key to maximizing your brand efforts and it makes it easier to stay relevant in the eyes of your audience. In this lecture I give you some tips on keeping your brand consistent.

It's All About Brand Consistency
6 Lectures 11:19

In this lecture I'll show you how to incorporate your business so that you can protect your assets. This will also allow your company to be a separate entity with it's own credit line!

How To Incorporate Your Business (My recommendation)

In this lecture I show you how to set up a domain with GoDaddy. I also explain why we'll be using GoDaddy versus other domain companies. We'll also chat about the importance of a "domain email" and how those work.

Purchasing Your Domain Name + Domain Email

In this lecture I'll tell you about the longterm benefits of using Paypal to accept payments for your business in addition to the immediate features that it will offer your business. Ultimately, using Paypal will lead to more work and happier clients!

Preview 03:52

Just some brief information about business banking...

Business Banking

In this lecture you'll receive a simple worksheet that will effectively and quickly help you determine the pricing, refund, revision, and ownership terms for your services.

Considerations for Pricing, Terms, and Song Ownership (Work Sheet)
4 pages

Use this vital checklist to follow along and make sure that you're hitting all of the milestones when setting up your virtual recording studio business.

The Business Set-Up Checklist! (Bonus)
1 page
9 Lectures 01:02:54

In this lecture I reveal to you what "kind" of website you'll be creating and which service to us. This is imperative to your long term success. You want a site that is scalable and search engine friendly. I'll tell you the best option!

Preview 04:36

In this lecture I'll show you how to quickly set up your web hosting with GoDaddy and get your Wordpress site live!

Setting Up Your Wordpress Site & Hosting Quickly! (Using GoDaddy)

You could create an entire course just on using Wordpress, but in this lecture I want to go over some basics. It's your responsibility to put in some extra effort to digging deeper into Wordpress and becoming a pro! But, I'll show you how to get started and get your site up and running!

Some Wordpress Basics

In this lecture I show you what Wordpress theme I recommend, how to install it, and how to edit and stylize your pages. This is the exact theme that I use for my company and I explain why I recommend that you use it too! Keep in mind that this theme also has it's own support for your specific questions. I've included a link to that in this lecture!

The Look & Feel Of Your Site

In this lecture we discuss the purpose of your homepage and I show you how to craft the perfect first impression for your website visitors. I've included the "must have" elements for you homepage that I use on my own site. It works!

The MUST HAVE Elements For Your Homepage

Your navigation is more then just "links at the top of your page in a menu". In this lecture I will educate on the true purpose of your website navigation and how to maximize it so that you get more clients. I'll also tell you the must have pages that your virtual recording studio website should include!
The MUST HAVE Pages + Crafting The Perfect "Navigation Menu"

It's important that you have individual pages for each one of the services that you offer. In this lecture I'll show you the "must have" elements for your service pages. These elements will educate your website visitors and convert them into clients.

What Your "Service Pages" Should Always Include

In this lecture you'll learn the importance of a sales lead and I'll show you a smarter way to capture leads from your website. You don't want to use a basic "contact form". That isn't good enough. Instead, you'll learn how to put the perfect lead capture system into place.

Preview 07:07

In this lecture I'll show you the EXACT way that I get my website pages ranking on google using a Wordpress plugin called YOAST SEO. I'll also show you how to strategically name your pages for getting found on search engines.

Strategically Naming Your Pages To Get Found On Search Engines (PROOF!)
4 Lectures 31:35

Most freelancers and small businesses fail because they don't know how to effectively run their company. In this lecture I'll show you some MUST HAVE tools that will help you easily run your business and eliminate headaches.

Preview 07:58

In this lecture you'll be able to see the tools in practice as I show you my exact process for managing leads and projects from start to finish!

My Exact Process For Managing Leads & Projects That Will Save You Time & Energy

Client revisions are one of the toughest things to manage when you're working virtually. Since you aren't in the same room you don't get to discuss revisions and change things quickly on the fly. In this lecture I'll show you a slick way to manage and keep track of your client's revisions!

Revisions! How To Handle Them? (A Cool Trick!)

In this lecture I'll show you how to "categorize" your time and build out a schedule that suits your life and keeps your business on track.

How To Organize Your Time For Better Business Results!
5 Lectures 12:23

That's okay! You don't have to be a "slick hair" 1970's slime ball. In this lecture I show you the elements for interacting, engaging with, and understanding your potential customers.

Preview 07:36

The exact script I use when a potential client first reaches out to work with me. The point of the initial contact is to set a great first impression and book the proposal call.

Script - Your Initial Response & First Impression
4 pages

This is the exact outline that I use to win my proposal call 8 out of 10 times.

Script - Winning Your Proposal Call (9 Out Of 10 Times!)
4 pages

Part of sales is keeping your client's experience satisfactory. In this lecture I show you how to do that with one word.

My "One Word" For Keeping Client's Happy

This is the most important sales practice that you lead to many more clients and gigs. You must do this!

#1 Sales Secret That Will Double Your Amount Of Gigs!
8 Lectures 30:20

Understand what the definition of marketing is and it's purpose before moving forward.

What Is Marketing Really?
1 page

No tricks or nonsense. This is absolute best way to spend your marketing dollars. I also go over with you why marketing isn't a "one size fits all" thing and you're wasting time by copying others.

Preview 07:28

The best way for clients to find your web company is through rankings on search engines. This equates to 95% of my new clients. Follow this lecture and learn how to maximize your websites rankings.

Strategic Blogging & SEO Pages On Your Website

This lecture explains the practice of word of mouth and leveraging your current clients and contacts to start getting the word out about your brand. In other industries they call this your "Sphere of Influence".

Word Of Mouth & Leverage

Craigslist promotion was exclusively how I got paying clients for the first year and a half of my business. In this lecture I show you what I did to run campaigns that attracted songwriters, musicians, and companies to work with me.

How To Run An Effective Craigslist Campaign and Get Good Clients

Most of you will have no idea how to write an effective post of ad for your company. That's okay! In this lecture I show you the anatomy of writing an ad that will attract more serious clients.

The Anatomy Of An "Ad" That Converts!
5 pages

For me... social media isn't the "end all be all". Most people waste time trying to promote their business on social media but don't see results. Instead I offer a more active approach to get clients quickly.

My Thoughts On Social Media + Active Canvassing

It's still important to have a presence on social media. Long term it can lead to clients. In this "quick tips sheet" I list some of the tips and tricks that have helped me with each platform!

Quick Tips Social Media Sheet (BONUS)
4 pages
5 Lectures 29:41

This audio lecture explains 2 different paths to take when growing your business. I tell the story of which path I took and why.

Fork In The Road - Freelancer or Company?

The most effective way to grow and expand your company is to get client feedback! In this lecture I show you how I get the right feedback from my clients.This has helped us grow every year!

Preview 16:15

There are many ways to expand your business and incorporate multiple income streams once your primary company is up and running. In this lecture I reveal additional income streams and talk about the "right time" for integrating them into your virtual recording studio business.

Making MORE Money! 7 Additional Income Streams
2 pages

At some point you'll need funding to grow your business. It can be very difficult to get funding as a small business. Bank loans, personal loans, and micro loans can be very expensive. In this lecture I show you the quickest and easiest way to get funding for your business.

An Easy & Cheap Way To Get Funding To Expand Your Business!

Build trust with your clients and learn how to navigate additional income streams in the music industry. Here's a list of my recommended reading!

Becoming A Music Guru: Recommended Reading
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About the Instructor
The Songwriting Team
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1,167 Students
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Relevant education for exceptional music creators

The Songwriting Team is a music production agency and songwriting company based in Nashville serving over 200 clients in 21 different countries. We specialize in creating relevant music for our clients who range from singer-songwriters and bands to companies and TV networks.

We also have a passion for helping other independent music creators build their brand and make better music. We've proven that you can independently forge your own path in the music industry without managers, publishers, or labels and our goal is to inspire you to do the same. Our teaching style is both relatable and practical.

We can teach you what recording schools can't.

In our spare time we also run an awesome pro audio blog called "Break The Factory" which is loaded with free articles and tutorials. Our courses and articles have been featured on The Pro Audio Files, Recording Studio Rockstars Podcast, Rekkerd, Mix Notes TV, Splice, and many more trusted pro audio resources.

We hope that you enjoy our courses! You're in for a real treat.

Keep Creating!

Daniel, Christian, and Tom