During the COVID-19 pandemic, many industries have been sidelined. Musicians are one of the most affected groups trying to make their way through this global health crisis. There are approximately 42,000 working musicians in the United States that are unable to perform and make money right now.
Live streaming is one of the best ways for musicians to make money while in quarantine. Many popular social media websites like Facebook and Instagram have live streaming tools that individuals can use for free. Are you thinking of going live and playing for some of your fans? If so, consider the following tips for success.
Check Out the Camera/Video Features Your Phone Has
Instead of running out and buying an expensive video camera to make live streaming possible, you should just use your cell phone. Most modern smartphones come equipped with video recording and streaming capabilities. Before you start live streaming to your adoring fans, take time to get familiar with your phone’s camera/video recording program.
Learning how to use these features correctly can help you avoid headaches and mistakes when you begin to livestream. Many smartphones have filters you can use on the camera to make your live stream look unique and cool. Using YouTube tutorial videos is a great idea if you are struggling to master your phone’s video/camera capabilities. The time you spend doing this type of research will be worth it considering the helpful information these tutorials provide.
Take Time to Perform a Test Run
Some musicians try to live stream a performance before practicing what they will play or say. While this may sound like a good idea, it will usually lead to you rambling on and possibly losing the interest of your viewers. Taking the time to do a test run of your set is a great way to start a live stream with confidence.
During this test run, you may figure out a better order for the songs on the setlist or discover a new way to play one of your older songs. If at all possible, perform this test run in a private video chat with trusted friends or family members. Listening to the constructive criticism you get from these individuals will only make you a better musician.
Think About Monetizing Your Live Stream Concert
Not only do you need to advertise your live stream concert to drum up interest, you also need to think of ways to monetize this event. Many popular musicians are starting to put their live streams behind paywalls. If you don’t have a large enough following to facilitate charging for your concerts, then setting up a digital tip jar is a good idea. Encouraging the people watching to put money in this tip jar can help you get paid for the time and effort invested in performing this online concert.
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