53 Profitable Business Opportunities for Musicians (Full List)

If you have a passion for music and want to take your experience to the next level, starting a business in the industry may be the perfect opportunity for you.

The good news is, there are so many opportunities to become a musical entrepreneur and build an innovative product/service in this line of work.

We put a list together below of the most profitable business opportunities you can start today + the resources you need to get started.

1. Become a recording artist

Examples of a successful recording artist:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a recording artist:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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2. Start an app for music producers ($744/year)

Examples of a successful app for music producers:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a app for music producers:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our app for music producers case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Karan Beghi's story on creating Musicspace a read:

Hey! My name is Karan Beghi, and I’m the founder of Musicspace.io - A simple music catalog management platform for music artists and producers that I launched about two months ago!

Since launching entirely bootstrapped by myself and my developer, we’ve reached 100 users in just under 2-months, growing at around 1-2 new artists per day. Helped mostly by a music marketing Instagram page I own that reaches around 60,000 musicians per week.

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Karan Beghi, on starting Musicspace ($62/month) full story ➜

3. Start a music streaming app

Examples of a successful music streaming app:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a music streaming app:

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4. Start a music school

Examples of a successful music school:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a music school:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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5. Start a music licensing business ($2.52M/year)

Examples of a successful music licensing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a music licensing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our music licensing business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Aaron Green's story on creating Easy Song Licensing a read:

Hello! This is Aaron Green, Vice President and co-founder of EasySongLicensing.com. We are a 3rd party music licensing agent, specializing in music clearance for any type of permission, for any type of use; kind of like your one-stop music nerd Swiss Army Knife!

We are a bootstrapped company who started in 2005 around the dining table of my house in Robbinsdale, MN, and now we have a user base of over 60,000 clients and growing! In 2018, we grossed $2.5M, and are happy to report a 30% increase so far in 2019.

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Aaron Green, on starting Easy Song Licensing ($210,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a mobile karaoke experience ($144K/year)

Examples of a successful mobile karaoke experience:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mobile karaoke experience:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our mobile karaoke experience case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Kelli L Bielema's story on creating The AirScream a read:

We are Kelli Bielema & Vanessa Resler and we run The AirScream, a mobile karaoke lounge in a vintage Airstream located in Seattle, WA. The AirScream is an experience like no other where we bring the trailer to your special event, park it & let the party ignite! Our customers are marketing and brand specialists who want a unique activation at their events that bring people together. We also work with event planners who plan corporate parties as well as private social celebrations like birthday parties and weddings.

We are new to the market and are slowly scaling up as we get comfortable with our processes so we can perfect everything before we debut to the public. Currently, we are operating focus groups with event planners & vendors, our friends & family and with upcoming pop-up events at select locations where we truly will experience The AirScream in the wild.

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Kelli L Bielema, on starting The AirScream ($12,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a guitar company ($1.2M/year)

Examples of a successful guitar company:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a guitar company:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our guitar company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Adam Klosowiak's story on creating KLOS Guitars a read:

My name is Adam Klosowiak and I’m the cofounder and CEO of KLOS Guitars, a company that builds durable, portable, and great sounding sleek carbon fiber guitars and ukuleles.

KLOS Guitars launched on Kickstarter in June of 2015 and did $33k in sales that year. Now, four years later, we’ve shipped to over 70 countries and all 50 states and we’re doing over $100k per month in sales mostly on Shopify.

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Adam Klosowiak, on starting KLOS Guitars ($100,000/month) full story ➜

8. Become a local event artist

Examples of a successful local event artist:

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9. Become a song writer

Examples of a successful song writer:

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10. Start an antique instrument business

Examples of a successful antique instrument business:

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11. Become a conductor

Examples of a successful conductor:

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12. Become a theme song creator

Examples of a successful theme song creator:

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13. Create a voice recording platform

Examples of a successful voice recording platform:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a voice recording platform:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our voice recording platform case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Nicholas Phair's story on creating telbee a read:

Hello! I’m Nico, and I’m the Founder and CEO of telbee. I launched my first product, Vox - an online voice recording and messaging platform for businesses - to make it easy for businesses to talk with their customers and audience, as people.

The success of our launch (and of the last couple of weeks) has cemented what I’ve always believed - that businesses want to listen to their customers just as much as customers want to be heard.

Nico Phair, Founder + CEO @ telbee

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Nicholas Phair, on starting telbee ($0/month) full story ➜

14. Become a street performer

Examples of a successful street performer:

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15. Start a song licensing business

Examples of a successful song licensing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a song licensing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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16. Become a music tutor

Examples of a successful music tutor:

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17. Become a voice coach

Examples of a successful voice coach:

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18. Become a music producer

Examples of a successful music producer:

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19. Start a record label owner

Examples of a successful record label owner:

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20. Become an event promotor

Examples of a successful event promotor:

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21. Become a band manager

Examples of a successful band manager:

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22. Become a sound engineer

Examples of a successful sound engineer:

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23. Become a sound effects producer

Examples of a successful sound effects producer:

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24. Become a studio owner

Examples of a successful studio owner:

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25. Become a video game audio creator

Examples of a successful video game audio creator:

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26. Become a parody artist

Examples of a successful parody artist:

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27. Start a music therapy company

Examples of a successful music therapy company:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a music therapy company:

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28. Become a music video director

Examples of a successful music video director:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a music video director:

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29. Start a YouTube channel ($72K/year)

Examples of a successful YouTube channel:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a YouTube channel:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our YouTube channel case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jon Shanahan's story on creating The Kavalier a read:

Hello! My name is Jon Shanahan and I run The Kavalier.

Recognizing the need for my own presence I put up my blog in early 2018 but still focused on putting out a video every weekday. I’ve grown steadily each year, doubling my subscriber count every six months to 57k currently. Revenue is increasing at a similar pace, today about $7,000 per month.

Marrakech, Morocco 2018

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Jon Shanahan, on starting The Kavalier ($6,000/month) full story ➜

30. Become a music blogger

Examples of a successful music blogger:

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31. Start an online courses business ($1.45M/year)

Examples of a successful online courses business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online courses business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our online courses business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Lidiya Kesarovska's story on creating Let's Reach Success a read:

I’m Lidiya, a full-time blogger, course creator, and the founder of Let’s Reach Success. With the content I publish on the blog and the courses I create, I help people start a side hustle and earn passive income so they can pay off debt, quit their job and live their best life.

My signature program - Financial Freedom Through Blogging - is the formula for starting a blog, growing it to 100K page views and $5,000/month, and living life on your terms. Inside it, you’ll find answers to all your questions about becoming a full-time blogger, behind-the-scenes content, real ways to make money and build blog traffic, a ton of video tutorials, how-to guides, and bonuses.

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Lidiya Kesarovska, on starting Let's Reach Success ($5,000/month) full story ➜

32. Start a music podcast

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33. Start an instrument rental service

Examples of a successful instrument rental service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a instrument rental service:

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34. Become a festival organizer

Examples of a successful festival organizer:

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35. Start an instrument repair business

Examples of a successful instrument repair business:

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36. Start a music clothing line

Examples of a successful music clothing line:

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37. Become a voiceover artist

Examples of a successful voiceover artist:

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38. Become a social media influencer

Examples of a successful social media influencer:

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39. Become a music reviewer

Examples of a successful music reviewer:

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40. Become a music app developer

Examples of a successful music app developer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a music app developer:

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41. Start a digital magazine

Examples of a successful digital magazine:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a digital magazine:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our digital magazine case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Drew Williams's story on creating SWAGGER Magazine a read:

My name is Drew Williams and I run and operate a digital lifestyle magazine for men called SWAGGER Magazine. SWAGGER Magazine is one of the first products created under our parent company, Swagger Publications Inc.

SWAGGER Magazine currently pulls in about 1-2k per month and is growing rapidly. Our primary source of revenue is sponsored posts, and celebrity features which we call "Kings of Swag". We currently own the trademark for “Swagger” in Canada and share that mark with Proctor & Gamble after a $100,000 trademark war.

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Drew Williams, on starting SWAGGER Magazine (/month) full story ➜

42. Become a talent hunter

Examples of a successful talent hunter:

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43. Become a dance choreographer

Examples of a successful dance choreographer:

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44. Start a night club

Examples of a successful night club:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a night club:

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45. Start a video production company ($2.71M/year)

Examples of a successful video production company:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video production company:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our video production company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Hope Horner's story on creating Lemonlight a read:

Hello there! My name is Hope Horner, and I’m the co-founder and CEO of Lemonlight, an on-demand video production company that offers brands and agencies access to high-quality affordable video content nationwide.

We’ve built Lemonlight as an entirely self-funded business. We haven’t taken any outside capital since we launched the business in 2014. We’re on track to hit 6M in sales this year and we’ve grown the team to 45 full-time employees. We’ve been recognized in dozens of major publications, and we were awarded in Inc 5000 and Entrepreneur 360 for three years in a row.

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Hope Horner, on starting Lemonlight ($500,000/month) full story ➜

46. Start a dance tutorial blog

Examples of a successful dance tutorial blog:

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47. Become a mobile DJ

Examples of a successful mobile DJ:

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48. Become a fan page administrator

Examples of a successful fan page administrator:

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49. Start a souvenir shop

Examples of a successful souvenir shop:

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50. Become a music publicist

Examples of a successful music publicist:

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51. Become an entertainment lawyer

Examples of a successful entertainment lawyer:

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52. Start a wedding band business

Examples of a successful wedding band business:

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