Last updated on June 21st, 2023
We all want to make it in music. The idea of making a living with a guitar in our hands or a mic in front of us (maybe both) is certainly an alluring one, but actually turning it into a reality can look different for all of us. While there are plenty of common and useful rules of thumb, some of us have to adapt our strategies to suit other endeavors.
Luckily, one of the main upsides of the internet revolution is the increased need for remote work. Maybe it’s part time, maybe it’s full-time. Regardless, you can actually make a solid buck and further you music goals all in one fell swoop without having to leave your home these days, and it’s something you should definitely look into as you move forward.
Here’s a short list of different remote music jobs you can take on as you craft your own melodies.
1. Music blogger
I suppose there’s one job in particular I can vouch for above the rest – THIS ONE. I’ve been writing for Muze since the Fall of 2021. When you write for a blog in the music industry, you learn as much as you enlighten, and making a little coin on the side is only one of the many additional perks. You stand to meet a ton of new people through interviews and work collaborations, you have the chance to participate in company endeavors like writers rounds and live events, and you have the maneuverability to complete projects on a reasonable timescale. If you enjoy writing and want to access the music world from the comfort of your home, I highly recommend applying for a blog.
2. Remote Music Composer
I know several people who produce music on logic or some other digital platform that they use to make extra money. Especially with the rise of sync licensing, demand is higher than ever for universally applicable songs that can be used in commercials, ads, television shows, and movies. Of course, breaking into the sync licensing world is a massive hurdle like any other, but you can still produce beats and melodies for local artists who need work done and aren’t equipped to do so on their own terms. This is certainly one of the more popular freelance remote music jobs out there.
3. Social Media Specialist
Being able to keep up with social media trends is an invaluable talent, so if you’re social media savvy and can offer some expertise on how to boost someone’s page for them, don’t sleep on the chance to do so. Becoming a social media specialist for a musician or a musical entity isn’t something I’ve done personally, but as far as remote music jobs go, the demand for this particular niche skill isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
4. Remote Music Teacher
Most of us took music lessons at some point in time. I took guitar lessons for years, and that was before the advent of Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime. Being able to sit at home and teach someone how to use an instrument can be wildly lucrative, and while there will always be a need for in-person lessons, most teachers offer online courses in some form or another as well. It’s the perfect trade to create a remote music job out of, so if you understand a craft well enough to deliver its rudimentary starting points over a virtual medium, definitely do a quick google search and see what comes of it.