Is Music a Legit Business or A Hobby?
The answer to this question depends on who you ask. If you ask a musician, of course the answer will be that music is undoubtedly a legit business. However, if you ask someone who doesn’t really care about the struggle or who doesn’t respect the creative person, they would say that music is simply a hobby and nothing more.
Some people have argued that musicians are sometimes “starving artists”, because they refuse to get a real job. I argue that music can be both a legit business and a hobby. Hobbies are activities that we love, and of course creating music is something that we love. We can also turn that hobby into a business if our passion for it is so strong that we need to do it constantly.
Who told the jewelry maker that her passion was simply a hobby? There are some jewelry makers who have designed a website and have started a business selling their creations.
Who told the thrift shopper that she couldn’t make a living creating fashions and sharing her second hand finds with consumers? Now she too owns a business selling her thrifts to people who don’t want to do the legwork of searching out the “good stuff”.
What makes music any different? If a musician is able to reach and relate to people, why shouldn’t he/she make a living of it? I’ll tell you why some people consider music a hobby. A lot of musicians have the idea that all they have to do is create music, and one day someone will discover them and hand them a recording contract. While it happens this way for some people, most people have to do a whole lot more work.
How to Tell if Your Passion for Music is Just a Hobby
· You do nothing to get better at your craft
· You do it just for fun
· You don’t make any money off of your music
· You don’t regularly perform in public
· You don’t have a press kit, website, recorded music, business cards, etc.
· You don’t get offended when someone calls your passion for music a hobby
If you’ve been stuck in the hobby phase and you want more for yourself and your career as a musician, start taking care of the business behind the music. If you are ready to get started, you might like this eBook created by ISH. 10 Things You Need to Start a Career as an Independent Musician.