Screen Music Academy is a resource run by me, Steven Melin, to teach you proven strategies for running an online business as a music composer for film, TV, & video games—but why online music business?
I’m a family guy, age 29, who learned about music business…because I had to. Like so many other composers, I grew up engrossed in the soundtracks of films, TV shows, & video games. I dreamed of the day that I too could write music for these pieces of art.
In 2014, I graduated with an MFA from the renown Columbia College Chicago Music Composition for the Screen program, ready to pave my path in the music industry. Little did I know that although I had honed my composition, production, and technology skills, my lack of business experience would create a series of challenging obstacles to overcome in coming years. In August 2014, I married my wife Natalie and I needed income...NOW.
This could have been a terrible time in my life, and it was at the beginning…until I started a little YouTube channel to share what I had learned from a decade of composing for film, TV, & video games. I found a way to turn this knowledge into an income stream, and in the process, changed my life.
The real power I found during that time was that I could take control of my future. Running an online business built around music products & custom scoring allowed me to spend more time with my new wife—and shortly afterward, our foster children—and I wanted to share the techniques I learned with other people in similar situations.
When I launched my YouTube channel and courses back in 2014, my goal was simple: share the strategies that have helped me grow my online music business. Since that time, it’s become remarkably easier to find advice on music composition, production, technology, & business—but what’s become harder is finding ethical & streamlined advice that has been properly tested. No one has time for bad advice.
This is where Screen Music Academy fits in and why I call myself the “Crash-Test Dummy” of online music business. Learn from my mistakes!
My family is the primary motivation for everything that I do, and you’ll hear me mention them often throughout the site. My wife, Natalie, and I have two adopted girls, Hannah & Lydia, foster children, and two cats, Wolfgang & Lucy. The best part about my job is that it allows me to plan my day around my family, not around my business.
As you read my blog, listen to my podcasts, and watch my YouTube channel, you’ll also learn that:
Film = Star Wars (original) trilogy
TV Show = Lost (desert-island pun not intended)
Video Game = The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (Nintendo 64)
Band = The Beatles
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If you haven’t started an online music business yet, don’t worry, you’re not alone and you’re not too late. Spend some time exploring my Start Here page to get a sense of what is involved. This page is designed to help you grow in your music composition business, without having to pay some sketchy “online business guru” or hire a private coach.
Also, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to get all the latest and greatest high-quality content about growing your online music business.
In fact, I give out all my best advice for free inside my newsletter. I hope you subscribe. You can do so using this form and nab a super useful free eBook that answers the top 25 questions every composer asks—in 5 minutes or less. Heck, you may even want to print it out and post it to your wall.
Since creating the blog, podcasts, courses, & YouTube videos, I have since compiled them into one useful website, Screen Music Academy. I’ve worked hard to build this site into a resource that not only helps you build your music business and avoid the false promises of “get-rich-quick” schemes, but also helps you provide a real benefit to your audience.
My readers, viewers, & listeners are the reason Screen Music Academy has thrived in its various forms over the last five years (and counting). I’ve built this site for you. I love hearing stories of your own successes. Please reach out and let me know how this site is helping you grow your music business!
I’d love to have you join me and my community of 10,000+ other aspiring and existing music composers.