Lyric Videos to the Rescue: Low Cost, Big Results

If you don’t have big money to make a big budget video, consider making a lyric video to bring your song to life!

There are essentially a couple low-cost ways to create a lyric video- DIY or hire someone at a reasonable indie musician rate.


If you’re a techy person with a good eye, try getting a program like iMovie to make your own lyric videos. Essentially you can just drop in the song as an Mp3 and then make titles over photos or plain backgrounds. Here’s a pretty neat sample of a DIY video that my friend Marcum made for a song we wrote. There are some great tutorials on YouTube about how to make these types of videos like this one.

Hire a Reasonably Priced Pro

When I was personally in the market for lyric videos, it took me some time to find some affordable and professional lyric video makers. Prices vary depending on what you want specifically, but the average you can expect to pay is anywhere from $200-$400.

Below are a few resources and a sample from each video maker I found, and they all have videos priced in the range listed above:

Nicole Nelson

Sample Video

Contact her at

Justin Dahl- Rain City Productions

Sample Video

Contact Page

Anthony McGrace- Great Heights Design Studio

Sample Video

Contact Page

When you finish with your video, post it on your YouTube page, then on your website. It’s important to put the video on your website, because you want to drive people to your site, not YouTube where they can get distracted by cats!

Once posted, share, share, share! Send emails to your fans and friends and create social media posts. Remember to share it multiple times on Facebook and twitter especially in different ways- tag the video maker, pick out a line you like the best to highlight, shout out to your co-writers or musicians that played on the record, etc.

I can’t wait to see your new lyric videos- so tag me with your new lyric videos on twitter at @shansmusic and I’ll be sure to re-tweet and share!

  • Eric John Kaiser

    Great advice, super useful!! Thanks! Do you get more views with a lyric video than with a “regular” video? + do u usually make a lyric video and another artistic video for the same song ? Thanks for your help.