Here are some of the best ways to make money listening to music, whether you want a full-time job or just a side hustle.
Table of Contents:
- Content Specialist Job
- Music Specialist Job
- Lyric Associate Job
- Copyright Clerk Job
- Claiming Specialist Job
- Playlist Push
- SiriusXM Affiliate
- Nielsen Mobile Data Collection
- Start a Blog
- No Longer Working
At a company like Welocalize, you can look for a Content Specialist job that has you do music content curation and quality control.
To qualify, you just need knowledge of the type of music the job is for, good with productivity software like spreadsheets, technical/project management experience, etc.
Typically, a job like this pays around $29/hour according to the Welocalize Glassdoor page.
Just search for “Content Specialist” on the Welocalize jobs page.
Another similar job to the Content Specialist that you can get at Welocalize is the Music Specialist position.
These jobs also require you to be knowledgeable about a specific genre of music.
With these jobs, you do music lyric transcription and quality assurance/review of content.
There usually aren't many qualifications needed other than a passion for music and lyrics.
Just search for “Music Specialist” on the Welocalize jobs page.
If you're open to having a part-time job typing and editing new song lyrics, you can check out a company called Genius.
At Genius, you can also get paid to transcribe music lyrics.
You just need to be on the lookout for their Lyrics Associate job openings.
You'll need to be 18 years of age or older, able to work with tight deadlines, and be good with spreadsheets.
Just search for the “Lyrics Associate” job on the Genius jobs page.
Copyright Clerk Job
Another type of music-related job is the Copyright Clerk position.
These types of jobs deal with exploitations of music audio or visual assets for certain songs or artists.
In other words, your job is to deal with music copyright, licensing, and potential violations of these.
Here's an example job description from a company called “Rose International”:
Duties : Identify all exploitations of a given audio or audio visual asset for each assigned artist/product/schedule (via release schedules or sales files); Research song ownership based on preliminary label copy and internal system triggers; Contact internal and external parties as required to verify copyright ownership splits; Assign copyright ownership splits and licensing direction to all associated products and sales channels for a given asset; Identify applicable clearances for licenses, with focus on audio visual recordings; investigate product configurations and/or sales channels to identify existing rights under blanket deals, controlled comp clauses, industry standards, etc.
Publisher notification and/or issuance of direct license requests for affected repertoire, including obtaining fully executed licenses; Other duties as assigned; Available to work overtime as needed
Skills : Skills/Abilities: Working knowledge of P.C. and mainframe computer systems (proficiency in a Windows environment and Microsoft Excel preferred); Bias to action; Perseverant and accountable – Detail-oriented with ability to prioritize work – Ability to meet deadlines and work well under pressure in a fast paced environment; Strong quantitative, analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills – Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Education : 4 year college degree with an emphasis in Music administration preferred; equivalent industry or publishing experience
This job may not be available by the time you look for it, so just search Google for remote Copyright Clerk jobs.
Claiming Specialist Job
A Claiming Specialist job pays around $16/hour.
With this job, you would help with copyright claiming on site like YouTube for music and maybe other related content.
Here's an example job description from a site called “Create Music Group”:
A Viral Content Claiming Specialist will perform administrative tasks such as YouTube copyright claiming and asset onboarding, as well as scope out trending memes and social media videos on a daily basis. This position requires a regular workload of data entry/administration in order to carry out the most basic functions of our department, but there are plenty of opportunities for more creative and ambitious pursuits if you are so inclined.
YouTube monetization provides an alternative consulting and revenue-generating resource for our clients to grow their audience and earnings. We have helped our clients monetize and collected millions in previously unclaimed revenue for content creators, artists and labels.
The starting wage for this position is $16.00/hour and all full time employees are eligible to receive health insurance through Create Music Group (you may choose from a wide range of policies).
- 1-3 years work experience
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
- Internet culture and social media platforms, especially YouTube
- Conducting basic level research
- Organizing large amounts of data efficiently
- Proficiency with Mac OSX, Microsoft Office, and Google Apps
BONUS IF YOU:
- Have a strong understanding of the online video market (YouTube, Instagram, TikTok)
- Are bilingual – any language, although Spanish, Mandarin, and Russian is preferred
We work directly with our clients and their team to help them break down the data and find potential opportunities to build their career. Daily responsibilities include but are not limited to the following.
- Watching YouTube videos for several hours daily
- Content claiming
- Uploading and defining intellectual assets
- Administrative metadata tasks
- Researching potential clients
- Staying on top of accounts for current client roster
As this is a remote position, you are required to have your own computer and reliable internet connection.
This position may require you to download a great deal of video files (files which may be deleted once onboarding tasks are completed) so please make sure that you have a computer that is up to the task.
This job may no longer be available by the time you search for it.
Just search Google for a “Content Claiming Specialist” position or something similar.
With Current, you can make up to around $600/year streaming music from your phone's lockscreen.
They also have surveys and other tasks you can complete for extra money.
You can get paid via PayPal, Starbucks, Amazon, Walmart and many other gift cards.
At Playlist Push, you basically get paid to be a curator of music using playlists.
If you have some playlists with at least 400 followers on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, or Deezer, you can apply to be a curator.
Once you become a curator on Playlist Push, you can get paid up to $12 per song via PayPal to let artists put their songs in your playlist.
SliceThePie lets you make money by listening to music and reviewing it.
You get paid via PayPal after accumulating $10. Use referral code: U462C13E
HitPredictor, which is part of iHeartMedia, lets you earn money by reviewing songs you listen to based on how much you like it.
You can also refer people to earn even more money.
You get paid via gift cards and other items.
If you love music, another site to check out is RadioEarn.
Here, you can earn points for every 15 minutes of listening time.
You can convert these points to cash bank transfers, Amazon gift cards, or Bitcoin.
They have over 1300 stations worldwide.
The way you get paid is through ad revenue sharing, which means occasionally you will have to listen to ads on the platform.
With Cash4Minutes, you get paid to make phone calls and listen to radio stations.
In other words, instead of using an app or something similar to listen to music, you just call in with your phone and listen on the call.
You need 20 unites to cash out via Amazon voucher, Bitcoin, charity donation, or bank transfer.
If you are a content creator or affiliate marketer, you can get paid to promote SiriusXM through their affiliate program.
You could make a blog, YouTube channel, podcast, or some other profile talking about your favorite music and then share your affiliate link.
Every time someone would sign up to get a SiriusXM satellite radio subscription, you would earn a commission.
Another easy way to make money listening to music is to download the Nielsen Mobile Data Collection app on your phone.
This app is used for market research purposes and just runs in the background as you use your phone as normal.
It gathers data on things like apps you use, websites you go to, etc. to better understand how people use their phones these days.
So, you could listen to Spotify, YouTube Music, or whatever else and get paid around $50/year per device.
Start a Blog
Another way to make probably the most money from listening to music is by starting your own blog like Pitchfork.
You do something similar to them and review music, break news, do top 10 lists of your favorite new albums, etc.
Then, you just monetize the blog with ads, merch, and other things.
No Longer Working
- Music X-ray – review music like hitpredictor and slice the pie
- Research FM
- Any that use radio loyalty – helps you make $0.03 for every 10 minutes of music listening on the radio-style platform. Check back every 30 minutes to show you're still listening. You get paid via Visa gift cards.
Still around but no longer do radio:
- Unique rewards