How to make money by leveraging other arts with your music

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Many musicians are multi-passionate when it comes to the arts. Those who love to sing, play instruments, and write music are the same ones you’ll usually find painting, dancing, taking beautiful pictures or writing books. It’s all that creativity swirling around inside and it comes out in various forms.

Getting your music out to the world is a challenging endeavor, but once you have a bit of stability in your music career, here are a few more areas to consider when thinking about making money with your talent:

Music and Photography

  • It’s likely you’ve made many connections while creating music or out at gigs. If you’re multi-talented and photography is your other love, you may be in a great position to take promotional photos for other bands and musicians. Musicians are always in need of pro photos for their website, flyers, Facebook posts and announcements. Bands are also in need of awesome action shots while they’re playing, recording or writing. This is a great way to make some extra money while staying in the music scene.

  • If you’re a musician and photographer, plan a show to display your photos in a slideshow set to your music. Patrons can buy your art and music at the same time.

  • Another option is to align yourself with a photographer with a similar style as your music, and offer your music as accompaniment to their photographic display at art shows. A good example is the legendary Ansel Adams who hired a couple of composers to put together a 22-minute jazz musical selection to go along with his photo slideshow.

  • Create unique music videos by piecing together multiple photos that sync with song lyrics. This will show off your music and photography at the same time. The video can link to your website where visitors can buy both your music and photos.

Music and Videography

  • Similar to making videos using photos, you can also use video clips with music to create something truly extraordinary like Pop Danthology. It takes creator, Daniel Kim, around 180 hours a year to create but it generates a lot of buzz and traffic back to his website. You can do something similar with a compilation of your songs or songs in your genre (with proper clearance) to gain new fans and visitors to your website.

  • Many business owners and entrepreneurs are now venturing into video to talk about their products and services. This has created a large demand for music clips for the intro, background music, and sound effects. Services like, and offer visitors the opportunity to download royalty free music to add to videos. You can sign up to be a seller to earn a percentage each time your track is downloaded.

  • YouTube also offers video creators the option to download royalty free music right from YouTube. Although these are free tracks, it’s a great way to get your name out there by submitting your own tracks for the YouTube library.

  • For a unique gift idea, you can offer fans customized songs to go with home videos, wedding videos, or other special occasions. As long as there is love, there will be a need for sentimental music to go with it.

Music and Visual Arts

  • A big night for artists is when their work is finally being shown at an art gala or showing. Align yourself with the artsy crowd and maybe pick up a gig to play live music while guests peruse the artwork. On a somewhat related topic, our CEO David wrote a blog post about your music, art galleries, and Ikea (!) a few years ago.

  • Paint and Sip (wine) parties are a new trend, so get in on the new craze by adding music to the mix. Host a concert and paint night at your home or local venue.

  • When playing local gigs, invite artists to come paint their canvases while you play. This makes for a fun experience for your fans and also puts you in touch with the fans of those artists. You may gain new fans that may not have otherwise heard your music at another venue.

  • Playing art festivals puts you around other creatives so it’s not only a great gig, but a good networking opportunity as well. Check local town and city calendars to see where you might be able to book your spot to play for the art crowd.  A great example of this is the Mural Festival, in Montreal, which pairs bands with public art and graffiti painters.

  • For a unique take on merging art and music, take a gander at what Markus Reugels is doing to combine the two. He’s taken paint and made art from techno baselines. This is a truly original piece of art that many art and music lovers would love to buy.

Music and Fashion

  • Fashion shows have really evolved into large events for designers. Many times they hire bands to play live during the runway show. Get your name out there in the fashion world and extra points if you wear the styles created by the designer.

  • Music and fashion have always seemed to be a perfect pair. If you have an equal love for both and have a bit of a following, consider creating your own fashion line or look that compliments your music. Bandzoogle member/artist-come-designer Morgan Joanel did just that!

Music and Writing

  • If you’re writing music, chances are the writing bug is already in you to branch out to other writing opportunities. Use your music as inspiration to write poems, blogs, or even books. Musiq Soulchild, writer of the love song “143”, did this by writing a book about love and relationships. If you or your band are particularly known for a topic or style, consider writing a book about it.

Music and Dance

  • Check with dance companies to see how you can compose for a customized dance event. Or even better, play live for the dancers performance.

  • You can use your Bandzoogle website (or make a second one) to sell your compositions. Bandzoogle member soundFORMovement has been seeing great success doing just that.

Music and Fitness

  • Nowadays everyone is a fitness guru, and fitness videos are popping up everywhere. This is good news for artists who create upbeat songs that can work well in power workouts.

  • On the flipside, if you are into creating peaceful instrumentals, your music is a perfect fit for Yoga and meditation videos.

For more tips on how to make money as a musician, be sure to check out 18 Ways Musicians Can Make Money & 14 Ways Musicians Can Make Money from Live Shows

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Posted by soundFORMovement on Feb 27 2015 5:48 AM
Hey Allison, Thank you so much for the mention in this article. It really means a lot to me. I could not do what I want to do with music, with out Bandzoogle. Thank you so much.
Allison S
Posted by Allison S on Mar 2 2015 10:30 AM
Sure thing! Keep doing what you're doing - great job!!
Ced Wynez
Posted by Ced Wynez on Mar 3 2015 11:36 PM
I been doing this for a while and have gotten some great opportunities. A good read.
The Ghost Office - Music & Art by Ben J. Gross
Posted by The Ghost Office - Music & Art by Ben J. Gross on Mar 5 2015 12:02 PM
Great ! this article speaks to me - As a painter and a songwriter, Bandzoogle provides me with a great platform to showcase both visual and audio work all on one site. Looking forward to more slideshow options ! Ben
Allison S
Posted by Allison S on Mar 6 2015 11:06 AM
@IamCedWynez - Great to hear! Anything specific you've had success with?
Allison S
Posted by Allison S on Mar 6 2015 11:10 AM
@Ben J. Gross - I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed this post - I enjoyed writing it. I love seeing all the wonderful things coming out in various creative forms. It's especially cool when it's linked to music as well. Keep up the great work!
Kevin O'Brien
Posted by Kevin O'Brien on Mar 10 2015 3:43 AM
This is a really good post Alison. I'm a professional photographer and radio presenter myself and there really are a lot of ways to help promote yourself. I do offer to help musicians & artists with images within my geographical area "when I have time" unfortunately some expect absolutely everything for nothing especially if it's photography. Luckily there are a lot of nice artists and musicians around who do understand we all need to make a living and I'm always glad to help them. Kevin O'Brien
Allison S
Posted by Allison S on Mar 10 2015 9:52 AM
@Kevin O'Brien - Thanks for the compliment - I appreciate it! It's also great to hear you are giving back to other musicians and artists. I know it can be challenging at times, but keep doing what you do, it makes a difference!
Andrea Lee Fisher
Posted by Andrea Lee Fisher on Apr 4 2016 5:53 PM
Great info... thanks for spending the time to research, write and deliver this to all who read! You all do a fantastic job at Bandzoogle and I love the awesome service you provide... Andrea Lee Fisher ~ The Outback Gypsies