Some good advice from career coach Astrid Baumgardner, on I Care if You Listen. Much of it applies to anyone who aspires to make a living from any sort of creative self-employment.
The reality for musicians is that few rely on one source of employment and the majority of musicians juggle multiple roles. A 2012 survey of professional musicians conducted by the Future of Music Coalition found that over half of the survey respondents derived revenues from 3 or more roles . Many musicians work as self-employed freelancers in a variety of jobs. In fact, according to a study from the National Endowment for the Arts, 44% of professional musicians in the U.S. are self-employed.