Here are 5 reasons why I think new music producers should take on some free projects and not just be focused on making money.
If you are new to music and have no resume, it can be hard to get your foot in the door of the music industry.
Which is why I would advise you to take on some free work for some of the benefits mentioned below.
If you’re new to making music, by working with music artists you can better understand what type of things music artists are looking for. Hands-on experience is the best experience for learning. Experiencing challenges, and overcoming them will help you grow.
By working with others for free, these people you work with will be your spokespeople. People will ask “Who produced that track?”. They will say you and will gain an interest in working with you. At this point, this person is now a customer for you to charge.
3. Portfolio Work
If you are new to making music, you probably have nothing to show for it. So focus on gaining that experience, and building up a portfolio of work. Nothing better than having a website with music, or a CD to give out with the work that you have produced. 12 Quality produced tracks with your name on it will show that you know what you are doing, and will show you deserve the money you are asking for when you become a pro.
If you are making music for free, you can ask the artist to give you a shout out on the song you produced, which will help you get exposure.
If you only make one type of music, working for free can allow you to open up and experiment with other types of music, or even different types of industries like video games, or movie scoring, theme songs, and more.
Working for free can open a lot of doors for you. I know some of you can’t work for free cause money is important, but I can say it has helped me a lot in word of mouth marketing and has helped me with building my portfolio, which has helped me make the money I am making today.