As a struggling single mom, Naomi Laviolette was considering joining the 9-5 workforce until the advice from a friend motivated her to make money with music.

Once Naomi Laviolette learned to make money with music, nothing was stopping her. As a performing, singer, songwriter and recording artist, she was just steps away from having music as a hobby. Now her songs have been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, her choral music is sung by choirs in the Pacific Northwest and she is an in-demand sessions artist. Listen to how this classically trained pianist makes a living with different streams of income.

make money with music

Streams of Income

  • Salaried accompanistmake money with music
  • Record sales
  • Live shows
  • Commissions to write songs
  • Wedding and funeral gigs
  • Scoring and transcribing music
  • Session musician

Booking Gigs

  • Books most of her own gigs
  • Find a way to show venues what you are able to provide
  • Get comfortable selling yourself
  • Make venue feel like it would be a huge benefit to them to have live music
  • Uses Gig master
  • Get to know the people that book the venuesmake money with music

Commissioning Song Work

  • Talks about writing songs that are commissioned at gigs
  • Shares the story of how that song started
  • Latest record is all recent song commissions or song gifts
  • Every song written for a person, experience, or event

Online Fan Engagement

  • Email newsletter is the main way she stays engaged with fans
  • Grew her email list by giving away a song to email list of other business owners
  • Uses Mailchimp email automationmake money with music
  • Getting help with with social media engagement

Saving the Music of Steven Goodwin

The Nature of Love cd went to #2 on Billboard New Age chart

  • Project began as helping out a friend whose father was a composer with early onset Alzheimer’s 
  • Story featured on CBS Sunday Morning
  • Met every other week or so for the past few years and she would record what Steven could do in pieces on her phone


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Bree Noble Female Entrepreneur MusicianBree Noble is an entrepreneur, musician and speaker. She founded Women of Substance Radio, an online radio station that promotes quality female artists in all genres, in 2007.  She launched the Women of Substance Music Podcast in November 2014, a 5 day per week show which promotes Independent female artists. Her podcast has hit #1 in New & Noteworthy for the Music, Arts and Society & Culture categories and #4 Audio Podcast on all of iTunes. She draws on her extensive experience running her own music business, both as a solo musician and as an Industry professional, to train and mentor other female musicians. Learn more about the station, the show and the artists Connect with Bree on Twitter @BreeNoble or on Facebook or on Instagram @breenoblemusic