3 Ways to Quickly and Effectivly Fund your Next Music Video

Updated: Jan 7, 2019

I am not here to tell you to put $5 bills in a jar every time you find yourself with one. Although it could be an effective method, let me show you how to get your music video financed without waiting a million years.

Bands and musicians need good quality video. Not only will it say A LOT about their career and image, it can be a portal to getting a huge return. They can generate ad revenue, merch purchases, get awards like those from film festivals, get sponsored, and even go viral. Unfortunately, Many bands struggle to figure out how to fund their videos. Especially if they just barely had enough to fund the making of their albums.

But it is not impossible, and you will be thankful you won't settle for shooting your video on a phone.

Let me help you get thousands of dollars worth of funds for your video.

Be confident because you will make this video happen

STEP 1. PREPARATION - Writing a Proposal

1. Take a look your music. You make music because you are passionate about singing, or playing instruments, or telling stories through lyrics. Now look at your audience. They follow you around because they love that you are passionate about all those things, AND they can sit back, enjoy, and relate to what ever you are playing about.

What music are you making, for who and why. Answer those three questions right now. Write them down.

2. Now, you probably have a song in mind, but if not, choose a song that you feel tells a great story about either you as a band, or about your audience. You will need to listen to this song over and over until you come up with a great theme. If you are struggling with coming up with a concept or idea for this video, don't hesitate to talk to a creative and get their input. Even a business person can help you come up with effective concepts.

Get the best of both worlds and talk to a music video producer. They will help you put together a creative concept, and a marketing concept for greater success.

3. Don't be afraid to dream big in the beginning. Write down a short synopsis of what happens in the video, or what it looks like. Make mood boards, or tear sheets. If this music video is a historical piece or will have a cultural impact, make note of this because furthur on we will discuss it.

4. Write down all the people you will need to make this happen, as well as a list of all the equipment needed to make this happen. Again, consulting with a music video producer or even a cinematographer will help you make an accurate list. Most will not charge you for helping you out. At least, I just like to enjoy a good conversation over coffee while the band shows me everything they want to do.

5. The big number. Come up with an estimated cost. Don't sell your video short. It is okay to aim high, because while you search for financing, that number will be your motivation. Add up the cost of the labor, cost of equipment, cost of talent, and cost of locations.

6. Put the document together. Start off by writing a bried history of your band. About who you are, what you play for, and your goals. Then add in the synopsis and purpose of the video. List all the people, equipment, and places you plan to use. At the end, write down your estimated cost, and then a detailed look at where the numbers are coming from.

I am always willing to help you write a proposal so give me a call and let's have some coffee!

Music Video Proposal
I really do reccomend talking to a #videoproducer to help you get a good idea of how much it would cost you

You got your proposal! Now on to the money!