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Monetising your influence is big business
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Monetising your influence is big business

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There are many platforms that exist that help you to monetise your influence. However, these platforms do not reward your submission rate and often leave you chained to your desk reviewing music for hours on end.

Wouldn't it be easier to have a tool that enables you to easily review music on the go, get rewarded for your volume of submissions and make your life easier!

If you manage a radio station or playlist then you are already reviewing music every day of the week anyway, so why not get paid for it.

Curators can earn up to £800 a month using our submission tool, imagine having a supplementary income alongside your day job - nice!

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Earn regular money through submissions

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It takes hours to review and select music for your radio station, podcast, social media platform, blog or streaming playlist.

Our easy to use tool helps to streamline the submission process enabling you to save time and earn regular income simply by promoting and using our submission tool!

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How do I join the curators programme
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How do I apply to join the curator programme?

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The programme is designed for curators and influencers that already have an established network and currently receive a good volume of submissions via email or other sources. If you are keen to join the programme there are a few things you need to know.

How many submissions do I need to earn money?

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The submission tool is super simple and enables users to sign up as a guest or as a Music Gateway user, which enables a much faster submission process for them in the future. Each submission counts towards your monthly submissions target, which is the currency we use to reward the curator. Below is the current earning model:

Submissions

Earnings

0-199 £0
**200-499 £100
500-999 £200
1000-2499 £400
2500 £800

**200 IS THE MINIMUM AMOUNT YOU MUST ACHIEVE

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How do I promote my submission tool to earn big?

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All curators will receive a unique url to send to artists or talent wishing to be considered for their platform.

We highly recommend that you make the most of this url by placing it on social media, playlist descriptors, websites and even forums like Reddit, which can really help drive submissions. We'd also encourage that anyone who submits via email is redirected to the submissions tool.

Your playlist will also be featured on the Music Gateway website which is visited by 1,000's of artists every week so we're confident the targets are achievable.

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Music is consumed everywhere in day to day life — You hear it on the TV, in shops, in gyms and everywhere in between! But, did you know, it’s actually someone’s job to choose the songs you hear when you buy your morning coffee or listen to a playlist on your way to work? That’s right, it isn’t any old random mix of music! It’s been cleverly designed by music curators who get paid to listen to music…

What Is A Music Curator?

A music curator spends their day listening to music – Sounds like a perfect job to me, getting paid to listen to music! However, it does get a little more complicated than that… A curator will listen to and categorise music from labels and independent artists; often receiving hundreds of song applications a day! They will categorise them by genre, feel, instrumentation, male or female vocals and anything else you can think of! The more specific the categorisation, the easier it makes the curators job. 

They’ll then use this music for different purposes, depending on the type of music curator…

Streaming Curators

Streaming curators work in-house for streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. It’s their job to create popular playlists that music fans will listen to on a frequent basis; encouraging subscriptions to the service. After all, some say playlists are the new radio! The curator must update these playlists on a regular basis and keep selected songs relevant to the playlist’s theme in order to keep fans engaged.

Curators in this sector can make or break a new release as most editorial playlists have thousands of subscribers. In the digital age, these in-house curators are inundated with artists and labels all trying to secure a spot in a popular playlist. 

Many curators who are just starting out use streaming platforms as a way to build a portfolio and practice their curator skills. They’ll build up some playlists and once they have a good following, artists come to them! These playlist curators are easier to access for artists and labels and are perhaps more likely to have the perfect niche playlist. However, these independent playlists often carry lower subscriber/listener rates than editorial ones. Plus, these curators don’t usually get paid to listen to music, they’re still in the process of building up a career.

Radio Curators

Curators of this nature are responsible for choosing which songs air on the radio. These curators must choose songs based on the station’s format and the interests of its listeners. Despite receiving hundreds of songs each day, the curator must choose tracks that will resonate with the station’s target audience, ensuring listeners stay tuned in. It’s vital that the curator reviews the radio’s listener analytics so that they air appropriate songs at the correct time. 

Commercial Curators

A commercial curator will use his / her database of songs to build bespoke playlists for clients. The songs included in this playlist will depend heavily on the client’s goals. For example, a new local shoe shop has a strong brand surrounding the skater lifestyle. They want music playing throughout their stores to create a fun and adventurous atmosphere. A music curator will create such a playlist, focusing on factors such as the client’s demographic, the purpose of the music and type of venue to aid their song choices. Knowing how different styles of music can affect a person’s mood is an important skill for this sector. Other clients may choose to feature a slower, calm playlist in their workplace to induce a relaxed atmosphere for their customers. 

How To Become A Playlist Curator And Get Paid To Listen To Music

This sounds like a pretty amazing job right? Well, it is! Especially if you love listening to music. Here’s how to become a curator: 

You’re first going to need four basic things if you want to listen to music for money. Number one, you need to have a strong passion for music. You’re going to be listening to music all day every day – Not everyone can do that! 

Secondly, you need to have a love or at least a high level of appreciation and understanding of all types of music. You won’t always be listening to your favourite genre so having a strong appreciation and understanding for other styles is vital to succeeding in this job. Start by listening to the leading artists in each genre, listen to their music and then diversify in order to gain broader knowledge. 

Be organised! You need to be an incredibly organised person for this job. Can you imagine a client approaching you for a fresh artist in the Hip Hop genre that has a relaxed feel but you can’t find songs in your database relating to those categories? All because you haven’t clearly organised your music library. Total nightmare! Always stay on top of your organisation. Find a system that works for you and stick to it religiously. 

Finally, have a deep understanding of how different music makes people feel. You may want to study music psychology? Clients are always trying to make their customers feel a specific way. They want people to feel energised and inspired, or sometimes relaxed and lazy depending on their banding and their specific goals. It’s your job to know what music does that.

How Much Do Curators Make?

Giving exact figures on a job salary is always a difficult venture. As there a couple of different curator roles at many different levels, it’s very difficult to give an exact figure. Like with most jobs in all specialist industries, if you’re with a company, the more successful the company, the higher your salary. 

In rough figures, a curators can be anywhere between £20,000 a year up to £40,000. Although, there are surely some successful curators out there earning more than that! Definitely a worthwhile job when finance is concerned. 

Get Paid To Listen To Music With Music Curator Jobs

As with everything in the music industry, there are many ways you can approach a career in playlist curating and start to get paid to listen to music. The most straight forward would, of course, to be to work for a curating company. This has a multitude of advantages. The company will already be established in this market with clients and labels approaching them on a daily basis. 

If working for someone else isn’t your thing, you could always go in alone and start your own company. As with all independent ventures, the start up is tricky but the rewards are far larger! 

Starting your own curator company will require you to build a large music library and network of labels and clients. This will of course take time. Spotify is a fantastic way to practice your curating skills and an even better way to build your portfolio. Even those looking for a more employed route into this career should build a portfolio on streaming platforms.

At Music Gateway, we’re very happy to have developed a new way for you to get paid to listen to music, make money from your playlists and help you stay organised. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Well, there you have it, the basic steps you need for a career in music curating. A fantastic job for anybody who loves music — Which if you’re reading this, I assume you do! Get listening and good luck

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