How To Make Millions With Your Music Without Signing A Record Deal

Since Apple introduced the iPod in 2001, major labels have gradually lost control of the market. They’re no longer the gatekeepers to success they once were. In fact, with the rise of social media, smartphones and streaming services, it has become unnecessary to sign a record deal.

All you have to do is follow the examples of Emma McGann and Lindsey Stirling

According to the Mirror, Emma McGann is a 25 year old struggling singer who beat George Ezra in the charts, and she’s nipping at the heals of global superstar Ed Sheeran. She started as a local artist performing in clubs and talent shows, but she was unable to attract the attention of major labels. So, she decided to start performing online from her bedroom using a website called Since October 2014, she has generated 70,000 followers and her debut hit “You Mess Me Up” has reached number 14 in the UK charts. She now makes over £2,000-a-month performing live streaming gigs from her bedroom. Amazing!

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 2.26.54 PM is a live video streaming service, which anyone can join and create a channel to discuss any topic, play music or whatever. Essentially, it’s your own broadcast channel, which anyone in the world can watch without logging in. It’s like having your own cable channel and people can tip you using bitcoin. Viewers can search topics including music channels, which feature a number of live streaming artists 24/7. It’s a huge opportunity for musicians to reach a global audience without a major label.

Lindsey Stirling is a dub step violinist who made $6 million on YouTube without a record label. According to aux, the major labels decided not to sign her in 2007. So she created her own YouTube channel. Her Wild Wild West and Game of Thrones inspired videos have built a huge online following. She makes her money through ad revenue, direct music sales, sponsorships and live performances. The major labels are desperate to sign her now.

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This bottom line is, opportunities for musicians to generate revenue online are only limited by imagination and sweat equity. So grab your instrument, create a marketing plan and start making money.

4 thoughts on “How To Make Millions With Your Music Without Signing A Record Deal

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  3. I have a Bachelor Degree in Music Education and Church Music, taught public school Choral music, and directed Church Choirs; later, I learned to play the Hammer Dulcimer and won State and Regional competitions, and wrote (and published) at least 15 books of arrangements for Mt. Dulcimer and Hammer Dulcimer. I’ve also written a ton of choral arrangements for church and school vocal groups, as well as some original compositions.

    For at least 10 years I recorded video lessons and performances and used my website, which I created with iWeb on my Mac laptop, to provide lessons for students who paid a monthly fee to receive a new link each month with the appropriate lesson for their skill/development level. I posted videos on YouTube (for free) to “advertise” my web lessons.

    Cyber-technology is advancing and I’m happy that there are opportunities for young musicians to get their music to market without waiting for a big “break.” On the other hand, I think its exaggerating to say that you can make millions of $$$ on your own. I’ve made hundreds of $$$, but not enough to support myself. Fortunately I received an income from my day-job of teaching and directing music, and now I have a good retirement income. Its fun to add to my income with music performance, arranging, and composing.

    My hope is that I can learn how to make my choral arrangements available to the huge army of church and school vocal music teachers and directors through the internet. I have samples posted on my website, but I don’t know how to market them effectively. If there is any advice available that would help me realize this goal, I would appreciate it.

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