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    Pay to Play; Three Things You Wouldn’t Expect to Pay For As a Musician

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    Pay to Play; Three Things You Wouldn’t Expect to Pay For As a Musician

     

    As we all know, being a musician costs money. While you are expected to pay for marketing, music distribution, touring, there are several things that artists may assume are free, though they are not.

    1. Paying to be an opening act

    Many musicians are not aware that they have to pay to open for major artists. Headliners often look for smaller acts to kick off the show for them. While some may not charge, don’t be surprised if you are required to pay a performance fee.

    2. Paying for music reviews

    There is an entire YouTube community dedicated to reviewing music and making reaction videos to different songs and music videos. Many of these channels have thousands of subscribers, and getting your music placed on these platforms can be a massive boost to your career. However, the bigger the following, the likelier the chance of a fee being associated.

    3. Pay for interviews

    The more you grow as an artist, the more people will be requesting interviews with you. However, as an indie musician, many platforms such as SayCheese and Dirty Glove Bastard will require you to pay for an interview. Considering how influential both platforms are now, paying for an interview is a wise investment for your career.

    These three expenses represent a small portion of costs that you will have while pushing your music. Be prepared to spend money at the drop of a dime for many aspects of your career. 

    Remember, it’ll be worth it in the end.