When it comes to professional music production, there are two distinct categories.
Professional musicians can be professional artists, who create and release music for clients in all forms of media.
They are also hobbyists, who make music to entertain themselves or others, but do not typically produce any commercial music.
A hobbyist musician, by contrast, does not create music, but performs it on stage, usually with a few friends, for free.
The distinction between the two categories has led to an increasing number of artists and musicians becoming professional artists.
And the trend toward professional musicians has not only attracted more professional musicians, but also attracted a growing number of hobbyists.
“A professional musician is a performer with a specific set of skills that make them an asset to their industry,” says John McDonough, director of the Music Industry Analysis Program at the American Institute of Certified Music Educators.
“In the hobbyist market, it’s a lot of the same sort of thing.
You want to have an outlet for your creativity.”
The pros and cons of the two different categories of artists, hobbyists and professionals In this post, we’ll look at the pros and the cons of each of these different approaches to the art of music production.
Pros of Professional Musicians: The professional musician has an outlet to express their creative output.
This outlet may be to perform for a living, to perform at a concert or to sell merchandise or other products to customers.
The professional artist’s artistry and craftsmanship may make it easier to sell their music or to attract fans.
“You have the potential for a lot more engagement with your fans if you have that outlet,” says McDonoh.
“The downside is that you have a greater likelihood of being perceived as an artist who is less talented and creative.”
Professionals can make a lot less money than hobbyists or non-professional musicians, because they work for a company and need to make a living.
Professionals also have access to better technology to support their art, which allows them to make more money with less time and effort.
And, of course, professional musicians can work more independently, since they are more likely to have a studio, which means they can make more of their own music.
Pros and cons for the hobbyists We are familiar with the pros of hobbyism, but what about the cons?
What if I want to be a professional musician, but I don’t have the means or the expertise to do so?
“Professional musicians are artists who create music for themselves and others,” says David Lefler, a music production expert at New York University.
“This is a great avenue for people who want to make their own songs, but don’t necessarily have the resources to do that.”
The downside is more pressure on musicians to work at full-time.
Professionally trained musicians are also more likely than hobbyist musicians to be paid a wage that is comparable to that of other artists.
“They also tend to have the support and expertise of their peers in the industry, and they have a lot to prove,” Leflers says.
“And it’s more difficult to make music with limited resources.”
And even if you do have the funds, you may find it harder to find an audience if your music is too dark, heavy or funky.
“Hobbyists tend to be more likely not to be seen as artists, and the fact that the professional musician can make music and sell it, that’s what attracts people to them,” says Lefner.
The pros of the hobbyism approach The pros are obvious, but the cons are less clear.
For example, hobbyist artists may be less likely to attract the kind of fans who want their music to be heard.
“I think it’s easier for an artist to make it as an entertainer, as a performance artist, as an MC, as someone who does stand-up comedy,” says Scott Harkins, president and founder of the online music production company Misfits.
“But I also think that the music that comes out of someone’s studio or their studio can be really difficult to monetize.”
And while professional musicians have access and expertise to more technology and production tools, hobbyism may have the luxury of working independently.
“It’s really hard to find a professional that has access to all of those things,” says Harkines.
“Even if they’re able to make money, they may not have access, and so the only way they can monetize their work is to make an income from a subscription.”
Pros and Cons of the Non-Professional Musician: The non-professionals are more independent and often rely on social media to reach their fans.
This means that they are less likely the kinds of people who enjoy seeing their music in a pop or indie rock video, for example.
Pros for the Noncoms: The pros to the hobby of non-coms are that they can create their own content, but they can also rely on