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Living as an abroad immigrating musician, and about the money

投稿日:Wednesday April 26th, 2017 更新日:

When I checked my passport, I noticed that 3 years have passed since I had moved to Germany from Japan.
It’s belated, but I’d like to write about my abroad music worker life and money.

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I had no intention.

After 10 years company working, I had quit.
And I had moved to Berlin without specific intention.

Since I was already over 30 years old, I couldn’t take Working Holiday visa.
Then I took language (German) course Visa for almost a year.
Then I moved to Eastern Europe for some reason, and came back.
In result, I took freelance artist Visa in Berlin.

Now I make music to earn in this AtagoSounds besides my own music activity.

Yes, I did my music activity from before.
When I came to Germany, I just had my CD release from European label, so I felt I would focus on music somehow.
But to be honest, I didn’t expect that I make music for YouTubeCM, advertisement or smartphone application.

Since my visa was for freelance artist and I couldn’t speak German, so I didn’t conceive of the way of making money except by music.

Then I started AtagoSounds to earn by advertisement music while getting the help of colleague musician, sound engineer and so on.

My current income

So you wanna know how much I earn recently.

To be honest, it’s quite little.

For example, in March 2017, I earned only around 500 Euro.

So break it down.

1.Requested work 300Euro
2.Performance fee 100Euro
3.StockMusic sales 100Euro


1.Requested work

This is my main income currently. Most of them are from my friend and acquaintance.
And then most of clients are from Germany or Japan.
Only sometimes, the client comes from AudioJungle or AudioStock.

2.Performance fee
I’m dining another music activity by my own name. That is focus on live performance and music release.
I can earn approximately 50 euro per 1 gig.
Up until now, highest 200 and lowest 0.
This will vary depending on the genre and type of performance.
And it is the big difference from the Japanese music situation.
Seems like the audience pay to us in exchange for our contribution to the culture.
In Japan, sometimes musician has to pay if they want to perform in front of audiences.
Many of artist and musician in Berlin have many gigs to earn their life.
Also traveling to other cities around since only in Berlin is not enough.

3.SrockMusic sales
It’s AudioJungle (Australian US company) and AudioStock (Japanese Company).
I started it since I have to earn more even a little. Even so I’m really enjoying it now.
Recently I’m making time to work for this even when I have a gig or requested work.

In total averagely,
Around 500 euro to 600 euro.

The cost of living is still not high in Berlin

So you would think it’s impossible to live only by that?

But I can for now, at least in Berlin.

Living cost in here is extremely cheaper than the other big city.

I feel it’s like a Southeast Asian city. (Sorry I’ve never been there honestly.)

If you cook for yourself, you can keep within 100 euro per month as the food expense.

And actually I’m so lucky that I could find very cheap room.

Yes, I know these prices are rising, specially in Berlin right now. So, I have to earn more.

But at least up until now, I could live in here, even I make music and work as a composer for all a day.

What should I do?

To be honest, having gig as much as possible, and selling CD by hand are the most reasonable and pleasant way to live.

But it’s the thing that only can hold on many current conditions.

After Berlin’s life cost rising, It would be impossible.

If I move to another city, but it’s not sure that there has good situation for the performance musician.

Then I think the things I should do now is learning how to make music and the way to earn by music from anywhere.

Not only the way to earn only possible now, but also the thing only now possible to learn and to do.

That I want to do now.

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