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5 Ways to Make Money by Writing Song Lyrics

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Song Lyrics

Professional songwriters make a decent income by writing lyrics. Indeed there are many sites where you can upload your lyrics or learn about new, popular or favorite lyrics. An inspiring songwriter can write lyrics for a living. You can generate lyrics for rap, country music ballads, and others. You can break through and become a big player in the music industry

with time, effort, and patience.

While driving around with Justin Bieber, Drake, or Chris Brown is hard, you can sell your song lyrics online or through legit companies. You can do it casually or as a full-time career. The amount that you will depends on your reputation as a songwriter.

Here are 5 ways to make money by selling song lyrics, according to Income Artist.

1.      Become a Freelance Lyricist

The internet has many music creation websites where music publishers, composers, and songwriters interact. These industry professionals share, sell and collect royalties for their online work. You build your brand as a freelance lyricist, get to know potential artists, and pitch to them. After all, music is 50 percent lyrics and 50 percent song.

You can add lyrics on these platforms and expose your lyrics to potential buyers. Other lyric-selling websites allow you to advertise your lyric writing services or let artists post jobs to which you can apply and work under the platform or directly with artists. But these sites charge a commission for every lyric writing gig you get through them. Alternatively, you can offer to write lyrics for free for upcoming artists in order to get free publicity and studio time.

2.      License Your Lyrics

For many years songwriters have been writing lyrics and licensing them to artists and recording studios. You can work directly with an artist or through a platform. Licensing lyrics is different from selling because you retain the rights to them. That means you receive statutory royalties from every person that covers your song.

3.      Partner with Recording Studios

Search for recording studios that hire people to write lyrics for artists that record their songs with them. Such companies may pay you a salary while others connect you with publishers, producers, or record labels at a fee. They can also request you to write lyrics for songs they will use in some movies, i.e., Christmas-themed, upbeat songs.

4.      Join Competitions

There are publishing studious that organize competitions and award the best song lyrics with big prizes. Judges in these competitions consider factors like lyrics, composition, melody, and originality. But you must stay updated on all upcoming competitions and be ready to a fee to compete.

Therefore, generate high-quality lyrics and a catchy chorus. You can visit for tips, browse different song types and create short song lyrics that judges will be happy to listen to in order to win a good prize.

5.      Earn Placement Fees

When a lyric or song is featured in a TV show, advertisement, or video, the songwriter or lyricist earns placement fees. Many songs that became a hit appeared in commercials. You, too, should hunt for such opportunities.

Alternatively, you get a record deal and write song lyrics. These deals pay you upfront when you write their song lyrics for their artists.

In conclusion, you can earn a decent income from writing song lyrics. You can work with upcoming or experienced artists you meet on music creation platforms. The goal is to get publicity so that you can win record deals, participate in competitions, or license your lyrics.

Kossi Adzo is the editor and author of He is software engineer. Innovation, Businesses and companies are his passion. He filled several patents in IT & Communication technologies. He manages the technical operations at

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