We’ve all had that thought. Even if beat making started out as something we did for fun, we’ve all wondered whether we could turn it into a career. Who wouldn’t want to make money doing something they love? It would be a dream come true. Nowadays, it’s not that hard to sell your music online. As long as you have a good beat, what’s the harm in putting it out there for the world?
Once you’ve created a couple beats that you believe are worth selling, you should sign up for a beat selling platform such as BeatStar. They’re free and provide you with your own beat store as well as a personal website to direct your customers to. While you could sell your beats on social media, beat selling platforms automate the beat selling process, making it easier for you to stay on top of your sales. There’s no need to manually email your beats to buyers anymore.
The next step would be to license your beats. The two main types of licensing are non-exclusive and exclusive. If you’re just getting into the beat making industry, you’d probably want to go with non-exclusive licensing. With a non-exclusive license, you can lease your music to an unlimited amount of buyers. They are not buying your music, just leasing it. As a producer, you can have different licenses commonly known as Basic, Premium, and Unlimited. Each option comes at a different price for buyers with Basic being the cheapest and Unlimited the most expensive. They also come with varying amounts of rights which are set by the producer. Rights include things such as how many copies of the file can be made or the amount of streams allowed. For example, a Basic license might allow for 5,000 streams where as an Unlimited license allows for an unlimited number of streams. Once these limits are hit, the license expires and the buyer would have to buy a new one. Non-exclusive licensing is a great way to get your music out there and has the potential to make you a lot of money if multiple people want to buy from you.
Let’s say you’ve been in the beat making industry for a while now. You know how to make a good beat and this time, you think your audio could make it to the top of the charts. In this case, you might want to commit to an exclusive license. An exclusive license grants you ownership of the beat. This means that the beat cannot be leased to anyone else. Similarly, if someone wants to buy an exclusive license for one of your beats, no one else can license it. All rights belong to that buyer. An exclusive license can be pricey so it’s important to weigh your options before deciding.
Beat makers can make up to six figures a year solely from selling their beats online. There are so many resources online that can take you through the process of leasing your beats step by step and bring you closer to that six figure income. It takes some time and dedication, but it is a completely achievable goal if you’re passionate and have good beats.