2 days ago
$100,000 per quarter in publishers PRO monies
$200,000 per year in syncs/upfront WFH fees etc..
Or any combo thereof
It's like that game Othello, easy to learn, hard to master..
1) Cut ALL negativity out of your life. Every musician I know who used to complain about streaming, make fun of their spotify royalties etc.. etc.. is now working full time in Real Estate, legal weed or SEO consulting. All of the millionaire musicians i know are FOCUSED. An exception to this is when a certain PRO lowered the background vocal rates overnight, in the middle of two payment periods. That was unacceptable and more underhanded than a BMG exec who used to work at APM after a career in loan sharking (no disrespect to loan sharks).
2) Build your brand. At least two big money libraries are active on this forum. They know you as "librarymusictips"....they know me as JohnFulford. I made $25K last year from those libraries' up front fees, not counting the backend which should come. Your music might be better than mine, you might be more fun to hang out with, but they know my name and hired me.
3) Make music better than your competition. I get so many submissions from musicians that use the same tired ass RMX Loops, Apple Loops, Sylenth patches number 1-1 1-6 and 1-42. As soon as i hear that played out RMX hi hat loop that you can hear in most episodes of Locked Up Abroad, i lose the musicians number and go out of my way never to speak with them again. It's a waste of time.
4) Cold call EVERYDAY. Only cold email if you can't reach the person on the phone in a timely fashion.
5) No lucrative "day gig" that has nothing to do with music. Working at Starbucks or Chipotle is fine. An "easy come, easy go" job should be enough to pay the bills for a year or two while you get your production music revenue streams up to par.
6) Hit the town. I met literally 6 new music industry people in the last 24 hours. I have to get better at this, since it's super easy to hang around the studio all day doing music and paperwork etc..
I got some new custom John Fulford x New Era snapback hats. UPS delivered them last night and i hit a rock show downtown. The 4 people who complimented me on the hat got a free hat. Two people i had met that night for the first time. One was from Secret Road, a company routinely mentioned in this forum for landing lucrative syncs and being especially hard to "get in with".
Walking to my car i saw two gents who i recognized from a pre-Grammy party I attended last week. I walked up to them and introduced myself. Two new contacts.
Today at the Beverly Center i was getting something gift wrapped. Two gentlemen were in the elevator, one had a hat on featuring a treble clef. I asked if he did music, surprisingly he designed the treble clef hat himself. I was wearing my Fulford x New Era hat (it says MUSIC on the front in a large font).
Turns out they're both published R&B songwriters who had a single come out last Friday. I went on iTunes and bought the single. Their manager should be in contact for some TV/Film work i can hire them for..