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janeray1940
10-13-2010, 09:49 AM
Who here has managed to make their ukulele habit somehow pay for itself? And, how?

I recall not too long ago someone here got hired for a job in part due to their ukulele skills - working in the kid's department of a library IIRC. Just got to wondering what other stories may be out there.

PoisonDart
10-13-2010, 10:24 AM
In general I try not to value maximize my hobbies. Makes 'em seem too much like work.

janeray1940
10-13-2010, 10:28 AM
In general I try not to value maximize my hobbies. Makes 'em seem too much like work.

In general, I'm with you all the way on this! Any time my hobbies have crossed over into paying territory, they've become un-fun really, really quickly.

But since I can't imagine the uke ever *not* being fun - well, it got me to wondering :)

allanr
10-13-2010, 10:38 AM
I have used postmodern economic theory to very successfully monetize my ukulele habiit. Here is how it works. Every day I report to work at my usual place of work, and every pay period money appears in my bank account. Now that I play and collect ukuleles though, I use some of that mometization to invest in ukuleles instead of more mundane necessities like groceries and clothing. It works great.

Gmoney
10-13-2010, 10:45 AM
... Every day I report to work at my usual place of work, and every pay period money appears in my bank account. Now that I play and collect ukuleles though, I use some of that mometization to invest in ukuleles instead of more mundane necessities like groceries and clothing...

I like how you think!

Ukeffect
10-13-2010, 10:45 AM
I pimps out my ukeses!!! Heeehehehehe! It payses for itselfs...reeeally it does! That's my story and I'm stickin to it...now if I can do a "wallstreet" on the numbers...hmmmm!?

slaming
10-13-2010, 10:50 AM
i've always planned to get me and a few friends together to go busking, i know we wouldn't get much but it would be a fun day, i have also considered releasing some songs on itunes. i've only been playing a month so decided against these as it wouldn't go well.

janeray1940
10-13-2010, 10:53 AM
Every day I report to work at my usual place of work, and every pay period money appears in my bank account. Now that I play and collect ukuleles though, I use some of that mometization to invest in ukuleles instead of more mundane necessities like groceries and clothing. It works great.

Hey, this sounds rather familiar. Although sometimes I think that money should appear in my Paypal account rather than my bank account, because eventually I end up Paypal-ing someone in exchange for their uke...

allanr
10-13-2010, 11:02 AM
Geez! A community of UAS sufferers, all of whom refuse treatment. Hanging around here makes me feel almost normal!

Gmoney
10-13-2010, 11:52 AM
Geez! A community of UAS sufferers, all of whom refuse treatment. Hanging around here makes me feel almost normal!

Refuse treatment?!? NEVER. The 12-step treatment program is going well. I just slowed it down by selling one of my current ukes so I get to pick up two more to make up for it!

TicToc
10-13-2010, 11:59 AM
My friend and I have busked a couple of time, me on Uke him on guitar, but more for the thrill of playing in front of people than for really making a lot of money.

mm stan
10-13-2010, 12:07 PM
Aloha JaneRay1940,
I guess it's personal preference, while alot may have crossed that bridge...I myself get fullfillment when playing relaxed and enjoying myself..
No pressure and can be relaxed and be creative at the same time at my leisure with no distractions... MM Stan..

Ronnie Aloha
10-13-2010, 12:31 PM
I'm with Stan. I play my ukes sitting at my desk, couch and even in bed. I play mostly for myself and that's enough fulfillment for me.

ADD
10-13-2010, 07:34 PM
Not monetizing but pay it forward by giving away and lending out ukes - eases the guilt about having so many ukes, then gives me an excuse to buy another one. If paid to play my uke - my stomach would knot up and my hands would shake right off the fretboard.

Pippin
10-13-2010, 08:30 PM
Mine is a different set of cicumstances. I publish Ukulele Player Magazine. With that in mind, I get my hands on a lot of ukuleles. The bulk of which are passed along to individuals that give exposure to the makers instruments. There are some that are retained, so to speak, for taking to club meetings and events that give more exposure for the manufacturers ukuleles. The artists and music instructors that have been given ukuleles are either touring, recording, or teaching a large number of students and everybody wins.

I am also now doing reviews and comparison videos for YouTube. That gives more exposure for the ukulele manufacturers.

As for playing for myself or monetizing my "music" (not just uke), I am a member of ASCAP and have been for years. I have several albums of music I wrote going back to the late 1970s and early 1980s, then a gap... then again in the early 1990s, and 2001 through about 2007, so my songs circulate out there in various places.

My accountant stays busy.

thejumpingflea
10-13-2010, 08:33 PM
Because of the uke I get some sweet chances to play all over the world. I also teach part-time (~10 hours per week) and sometimes companies will send me instruments to make videos with them. I don't know I could have such awesome opportunities with any other instrument.

clayton56
10-13-2010, 11:49 PM
I've been making it a point to not use any of my regular paycheck to buy ukes, I've bought them all with proceeds from my online business (selling sheet music and my clarinet ligature) plus some Ebay closet-cleaning. It's been great, a way to try ukes without breaking the bank.

So mine is other music efforts going into ukuleles, not the ukes making money themselves.

TicToc
10-14-2010, 01:19 AM
I am a member of ASCAP and have been for years.


Oh, so YOU'RE the person in charge of that God Awful middle school band music... ;)

Dibblet
10-14-2010, 03:54 AM
Not monetizing but pay it forward by giving away and lending out ukes - eases the guilt about having so many ukes, then gives me an excuse to buy another one. If paid to play my uke - my stomach would knot up and my hands would shake right off the fretboard.

That sounds like me. I've given away about 8 of the bloody things.

Tudorp
10-14-2010, 04:18 AM
Mine has paid for itself many times over in smiles, both mine and people listening. Not sure what monitary value a smile has, but for me it's priceless.. ;)

cletus
10-14-2010, 04:54 AM
Buzzcocks. Iggy. Ramones. Black Flag. Elvis Costello. NY Dolls. Eno. Undertones. Gang of Four. Buddy Holly. Eddie Cochran. Nick Lowe. Jam. Specials. Cramps. Rockabilly. Ska. Punk. New Wave. Soul. R'n'B. Country. Soundtracks. .....

....Some of the vinyl records from the olden days that I have sold in order to finance my new "thing" with ukuleles.

I did sell a Kamaka in order to buy a KoAloha, if there is a special category for that.

molokinirum
10-14-2010, 07:22 AM
In general, I'm with you all the way on this! Any time my hobbies have crossed over into paying territory, they've become un-fun really, really quickly.

But since I can't imagine the uke ever *not* being fun - well, it got me to wondering :)

Ditto!!! I only play for the fun and joy it brings....no money needed!!!

janeray1940
10-14-2010, 10:00 AM
I am also now doing reviews and comparison videos for YouTube. That gives more exposure for the ukulele manufacturers.

I am officially envious! In a not-so-distant former life I ran a blog that reviewed something far less interesting than ukuleles. In exchange for exposure to the manufacturers, I got "free samples" to review. Fun while it lasted, but then I discovered the uke and no longer had the time or inclination to run the blog :)

slaming
10-14-2010, 10:49 AM
now thinking its possibly a good time to start that uke blog i've been planning to mean to do for about a week, lets see how manys uke i can get sent.

sinus
10-20-2010, 10:26 AM
Beside my normal job (working in a musical instruments store) I started a ukulele band last year. www.mannenmetkleintjes.nl . The money I get for the gigs are saved for ukulele's. There are 7 of them already. The last one was a Martin Style 0 from the early thirties. I'm afraid there are more to come....

Bradford
10-20-2010, 11:44 AM
I take the direct route to making money with ukes, I build and sell them. I get to keep the very special ones.

Brad

janeray1940
10-20-2010, 11:52 AM
I ran across an article (http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/oct/18/ukuleles-city-traders-happy) today which mentions this organization (http://www.learntouke.co.uk/), which conducts corporate team-building ukulele workshops. Having been subjected to a few really dismal team-building events in my time, I thought it was a brilliant idea. Definitely giving me ideas about a way to make my uke habit pay for itself... :)

Oh and - I'm kind of in awe of you folks who have the talent and patience to build and sell your own ukes!

ADD
10-20-2010, 01:20 PM
I take the direct route to making money with ukes, I build and sell them. I get to keep the very special ones.

Brad

I'm so envious. Would love to make ukes - would quadruple the joy associated with this wonderful musical instrument.

Pippin
10-20-2010, 01:24 PM
Mine has paid for itself many times over in smiles, both mine and people listening. Not sure what monitary value a smile has, but for me it's priceless.. ;)

Your answer is beautiful.

Pippin
10-20-2010, 01:28 PM
I am officially envious! In a not-so-distant former life I ran a blog that reviewed something far less interesting than ukuleles. In exchange for exposure to the manufacturers, I got "free samples" to review. Fun while it lasted, but then I discovered the uke and no longer had the time or inclination to run the blog :)

Ah, gadgets. Gotta love 'em. I have had numerous Palms (developer), HP Omni-Go, tons of digital cameras (I publish DSLR-MAG), I have a Kindle3, digital recording equipment, DeLorme GPS hand-held, oh, the list goes on and on. :)

Hippie Dribble
10-20-2010, 03:39 PM
hi Jane

if we're talking about the ukulele in monetary terms, for me it is PRICELESS - beyond value, as it has given me a joy for living and a passionate hobby which has helped in a huge way to overcome a life filled with anxiety and depression. What value a human life?... can't place a value on that...whatever the small amount of money I have been able to make from playing uke and singing, all pales into insignificance when compared to what the uke has done in enhancing my QUALITY of life :)

Miss Michele
10-20-2010, 04:05 PM
I taught preschool in a Daycare setting for 20 years. Teaching music to children wasn't just a once a day thing in my classroom. Music was pretty much the subject of the cirriculum. My teaching days are over because my life took a different turn. Once I get pretty good playing the ukulele, I would like go around to daycare centers and not only entertain children, but teach them about the ukulele, and the music.