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Get Paid To Review Music! - earn money listening to your favourite artists!

Updated on June 17, 2015

Do You Love Music? Do You Like Earning Money?

The chance to get paid for writing about music isn't just reserved for those fortunate enough to work for music magazines. You can earn money writing reviews from home, in your spare time! Music industries, and other music fans, often just want to know what you, the fan, loves about your favourite artists and genres. Below I've summarised a few sites that can help you to get paid reviewing music. Sign up to the sites below and get writing!

What Qualities Do I Need To Start?

Do you have a passion for music?

Do you frequently buy CDs, download your favourite tracks, go to gigs, read music books, or just listen to music at home while you're doing housework chores or studying?

Then you can earn money from one of your favourite pastimes!

You don't necessarily have to be a music journalist to make money from music. You don't even need to be 'in the industry' or have 'record label contacts'. All you need is a computer, and some spare time.

You Will Need:

  • Dedication: The more work you're willing to put in, the better your earnings will be
  • Some spare time: Do you spend an hour a day procrastinating on Facebook, or flicking for channels looking for something to watch. Why not spend that time reviewing!
  • A decent grasp of the English language: Its not essential to be a university graduate, or have straight A's in English classes, but better written reviews will earn you more, and in some circumstances, will keep readers coming back to your reviews every time you submit a new one! Poor spelling and grammar will put your readers off, and seem less professional. And if your writing skills aren't top-notch, there's always a Dictionary and Thesaurus!

You Will NOT Need:

  • A University Degree: You don't need a degree in Journalism to write about your passion for music. If you do have one, or if you're currently studying for one, reviewing in your spare time can be a great way to hone your skills, but its not essential.
  • Industry Contacts: You don't need to have friends or contacts in the business to write. So no need to go sending any pleading emails to magazines or webzines!
  • Musical Knowledge: If you can play an instrument, or if you've studied music history or something similar, your knowledge can help you in writing a great review. In fact, reviews on sites such as DooYoo (see below) are written by normal people like you, expressing their love (or hatred!) for artists and albums as a typical consumer. Besides, including tons of information that might appeal to a small niche of people might exclude the large majority of readers that don't understand musical technicalities.

Take a look at the sites below to get started!

SliceThePie

SliceThePie is a site which gives you the opportunity to listen to samples of songs, and asks you to write a short paragraph giving your opinion of it. It features both established mainstream acts and unsigned bands and musicians, and can even be modified to only offer genres that you consider yourself a fan of.

How Does It Work?

After signing up to the site here, you will hear a track by an artist for a minimum of 90 seconds, and are asked to write a short review of the track, and give it a score out of 10. Reviews require you to mention your opinions of each part of the song, such as the vocalists style, the drum, instruments and beats, etc.

How Much Will I Earn?

You can earn up to $0.15 (occasionally more!) for every track you review. You can even earn a referral bonus by asking your friends and social network contacts to sign up too!

How Do I Get Started?

You can sign up to SliceThePie here

DooYoo

On DooYoo, you can not only review your favourite CDs, but DVDs, books, mobile phones, electrical goods, and more!

How Does It Work?

After signing up to the site here, you simply have to write an original review of the product of your choosing, and submit it! The reviews required have to be a little more extensive than that of SliceThePie, but because you're reviewing a product you already own, it can be a lot easier. Reviews don't necessarily have to be positive, but they have to be constructive. They also have to be at least 150 words

You start off by searching for the product on the DooYoo site using the search bar at the top, then click 'Only Show Products In The DooYoo Catalogue' (as you can only review products available on the site) when you find it, click 'Start A Review' and you're ready to go!

How Much Will I Earn?

You earn DooYoo points for every review you write. Points are determined by tiers. Level 3 tier includes items such as books, CDs, DVDs and low-value electrical goods. Level 1 goods are top-end electrical goods such as TVs and computers, powertools, musical instruments, and photography items. Once you've registered, visit the DooYoo Site Map for the full list of categories and the tiers they come under.

You can also earn points every time somebody reads one of your reviews! Again, this is determined by Tier. Because DooYoo works as a community, reading others' reviews and being active within the Community can help you reach the payout faster!

When you reach 20,000 DooYoo points you can cashout for a £20 Amazon.co.uk voucher, or 50,000 points earns you a payout of £50 into your bank account. Members outside the UK can only redeem points if their country is serviced by Amazon.co.uk, or they have a valid UK bank account

How Do I Get Started?

You can sign up to DooYoo here.

Blogging

With your own blog, you can write whatever you like, about anything you wish! If you're a particular fan of an artist or genre, you can set up a blog dedicated to everything there is to know about your topic. You can choose to review every new release you hear, or every concert you go to. You could even just stick to writing about things you don't like, the options are completely up to you!

How Does It Work?

First you'll need to find a suitable blog host. Personally, I recommend Google Blogger (also known as blogspot), as its much easier to get started then other methods (plus you can incorporate Google Ads, but we'll come to that later). Other possible options are HubPages and WordPress. Then, get writing! Writing unique, interesting material will attract more visitors to your blog, which in turn will lead to more money earned!

How Much Will I Earn?

How long is a piece of string? Earning money in blogging can take time, but the more effort you put in, the more you will earn! To start with, write quality, interesting material your viewers will love to read. If you're using Blogger, you can include Google Ads to your pages. Google will include relevant ads to your blog, then when somebody clicks one of the ads on your page, you will earn a small comission from Google. Of course, to earn a considerable amount of money will require a lot of visitors, but if you market your blog well, those visitors will soon come to your site!

Other ways in earning money from your blog:

  • There are websites that will pay you to include reviews or adverts within your blog. You simply select the advertiser from a list, incorporate it in the required way, and if it is considered suitable, you will earn! Visit this site and this site to find out more
  • Why not write to local bands or artists, venues, or gig promoters, and offer to include a post on your blog for a small charge? Having a large number of readers on your blog will help to 'seal the deal' with prospective clients, plus Blogger articles feature in Google search results, so people searching for a particular artist may well stumble upon your blog!
  • If you have a YouTube account, why not create video reviews of artists or music, and feature them on your blog? YouTube pays you ad revenue for good content as well, so link your blog to your YouTube videos, and vice versa.
  • Amazon offers an Associate Program for webmasters and bloggers as well. Write a great review of a CD on your blog, then include a link for readers to buy it from Amazon!
  • If you can think of any more, or are already a blogger and make money in other ways, why not leave a comment with your ideas in the guestbook?

How Do I Get Started?

If you are interested in blogging, click one of the links below to get started:

Blogger

Wordpress

Hubpages

Freelance Music Journalism

Of course, if you're looking to become a professional music journalist, there's always the option of becoming a freelance music journalist. Of course, this can be much harder to get into, but if you're willing to put the hard work in, it can be extremely beneficial to you. Major music review magazines such as the NME and Rolling Stone won't just accept anyone to write reviews for them, but start off small and work your way up to the top. Use the methods above, and some of the options available to you below, to hone your writing and creativity skills, then when you have a decent body of work available to you, you can submit your portfolio or online links to the larger companies.

Why not try:

  • Writing an email to online fanzines or review sites, asking for the chance to write a freelance article for them. Include a link to your blog (if you have one) or a sample of your writing. It may be unpaid work, but if they accept an article from you they may be willing to link to your blog, giving you much-needed traffic to your other reviews!
  • Speaking to local bands when they have an upcoming gig, or new CD release. If you write a great review for them (especially if its positive!), they may share the link to your blog or review on their webpage of Facebook fan site, for their fans to read.

Top Links To Visit Next

Here are some vital sites and links I would recommend visiting if you're interested in making money from reviewing music!

Are you interested in earning money from reviewing music? Are you already making money from music reviews? Or is there a method I have missed out? Leave your views below for others to read! If you're already reviewing music online, you are more than welcome to leave your links below as well!

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      Aditya Jain 2 years ago from India

      Great Hub (Y)