8 Types of song-writing jobs
Performers and songwriters have a special place in our culture. You’re not simply playing music, you’re filling our lives with a soundtrack that is evocative, thought provoking, and deeply meaningful.
If you can see yourself as a performer/songwriter, then get the right training by considering one of these opportunities for 2021:
If you just want a taste of the music industry before you get serious, then there's a great way to start. You may wan to start with the following:
Here’s a look at some of the different types of job opportunities that are available to performers and songwriters 1. Performing songwriter This is someone who writes and performs their own music. It's one of the easiest ways to start playing music. Everyone wants to know: How do I make money with my music? People need to be passionate about their music and be willing to spend money on you. You need to build a following that is excited and invested in what you’re doing. This is easier said than done. Having robust Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts is a good start. Touring can also be a great way to grow your following.
2. Performer /Songwriter in a band This is very similar to being a performing songwriter, except you’re working within a band. In addition to working out creative roles in the band, you’ll need to work out how you’re splitting up the credits and royalties. 3. Performer/Songwriter for other artists This is a more reliable way of making money as a performer/songwriter, because often you’re working with an artist who already has an audience. You’ll be writing with someone else in mind which can be difficult at first, but many of music's greatest success stories are between a performing artist and a songwriter. 4. Freelance songwriter This is very similar to being a basic songwriter, but you’re often working on a one-off basis. In this case, instead of being paid in publishing and royalties, you’ll get paid an hourly rate or a flat fee to write a song for a special event, or an artist or a company.
5. Composer for Film and TV To be a composer, you’ll need a fairly solid knowledge of music theory and composition. Composing for film and television involves weaving emotion into the narrative, and that can be difficult to do well. Working with someone who is already working as a composer in the industry is a good place to get your foot in the door.
6. Advertising writer Do you think you can write a catchy, memorable song that’s only 12 seconds long? Jingle writers need to be adept at using melody in short catchy spurts. This means creating a memorable song with only three or four notes sometimes! You’ll need to work closely with the creative team behind the ad campaign to write something that creates instant, memorable awareness around a product or brand.
Despite what your people might say, being a performer/songwriter can be a viable career. Thousands of people make money by writing and sharing their music with the world every day.