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A stream on Apple Music is worth 33% more in publishing royalties

By Chris Robley
August 28, 2015{ No Comments }

How to make more money from your songs on Apple Music with CD Baby Pro

When a listener in the US streams one of your original songs on Apple Music, it’s worth 33% more in publishing royalties than a stream on a competing service.

Why? Well, most streaming services pay 10.5% of their total revenues to U.S. publishing rights holders.
Apple Music is paying more, 13.5% to be exact. So a play on Apple Music will earn you 33% more in publishing royalties. Read more »

How to get your songs heard on 8tracks

By Guest Blogger
August 28, 2015{ No Comments }

How to get your songs played on 8tracks[This article was written by Daniel Sander, Head of Market Development at]

As an indie artist, 8tracks is an extremely powerful platform to get your music heard and to find your fans. The playlists I’ve personally published on 8tracks have a combined song play count of almost 200,000 as of the writing of this article leading to a growing base of followers.

As CD Baby has recently started to distribute directly to 8tracks, I am excited to share my experience with 8tracks to help artists get the most out of it. is also providing a special offer to you at the end of this article to help make sure your songs are heard in 8tracks.

What is 8tracks?

The 8tracks masthead explains:

8tracks is internet radio created by people, not algorithms. Read more »

Announcing the full schedule for the DIY Musician Conference

By Chris Robley
August 27, 2015{ No Comments }

DIY Musician Conference scheduleYour choice of more than 20 educational and networking events, all for only $79

CD Baby is hosting our first ever DIY Musician Conference this October 23-25 in Chicago, and we’ve got quite the assortment of workshops, panels, and showcases lined up.

Unlike most music conferences, this one is built specifically around the needs of independent musicians, so you’ll get practical, actionable advice and walk away with a plan to move your music career forward. Most of the guest speakers will be hanging out for the weekend too, so if you want to continue a conversation that started in one of your sessions, you’ll have that opportunity. Plus, we’ll have a resource center set up where you can talk to members of the CD Baby team at any time, ask questions about your distribution and promotion, or just say hi.

Best of all, we’re keeping this conference really affordable. For just $79 you can attend all three days and take advantage of any of the sessions listed below:  Read more »

What’s the best investment you ever made in your music career?

By Chris Robley
August 26, 2015{ No Comments }

“You gotta invest in your career, man. Especially when nobody else will.”

Big K.R.I.T. had been recording for years on an old beat up laptop. When he received his first big paycheck he spent it on a new computer. Next he spent almost everything he earned from his first label deal in order to go on tour with Wiz Khalifa.

He might not’ve loved dropping that kind of cash on a promotional opportunity, but he explains in the video above that it was necessary in order to get to the next level. As the saying goes, you gotta spend money to make money. Read more »

Musicians BEWARE — DO NOT become digital sharecroppers

By Chris Robley
August 26, 2015{ No Comments }

Musicians: don't be digital sharecroppersThere was an interesting article on Copyblogger last month about digital sharecropping, which is when content creators do the hard work of making stuff, and then companies like Facebook, Google, Pinterest, and others reap the economic rewards by hosting that free content on their platforms.

As the author of the article, Sonia Simone, explains:

The term sharecropping refers to the farming practices common after the U.S. Civil War, but it’s essentially the same thing as feudalism. A big landholder allows individual farmers to work their land and takes most of the profits generated from the crops. 

The landlord has all the control. If he decides to get rid of you, you lose your livelihood. If he decides to raise his fees, you go a little hungrier. You do all the work and the landlord gets most of the profit, leaving you a pittance to eke out a living on.

A similar thing is going on right now in the world of Web 2.0.

You post your songs and videos and pictures and witty updates and essays and recording advice online — for free — and when you drive traffic to that content on Facebook, Google, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, or any other site that you don’t own, the giant tech companies profit. Read more »

Want to be featured at our DIY Musician Conference?

By Chris Robley
August 26, 2015{ No Comments }

CD Baby's DIY Musician Conference — open mic

Want to steal the show? Here’s how.

Tickets for CD Baby’s first–ever DIY Musician Conference are on pace to sell out, and we don’t want you to miss this event. If any tickets are remaining by September 16‚ 2015‚ the price will go up to $99‚ so now’s the time to secure your spot – especially if you want a chance to perform!

There are two opportunities to have your music featured at the DIY Musician Conference‚ but you’ll need to be an active ticket–holder to make it happen.

We’ll be hosting an open mic on Friday night, and attendees who have purchased conference tickets will be emailed on September 1‚ 2015, with information about how to apply to perform. If you don’t have a ticket by then‚ you’ll miss your chance!

Also‚ on Saturday‚ CD Baby friend Tom Jackson will be putting on his famous “Live Band Makeover‚” where he assesses a band’s live show on stage‚ then offers advice and tips to rework and reinvigorate every aspect of its live performance. Want to get made over? We’ll be emailing ticket holders info about how to apply next week.

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5 ways to raise your band’s Facebook page from the dead

By Chris Robley
August 25, 2015{ No Comments }

5 ways to bring your band's Facebook page back to life

Is it time to resurrect your band’s Facebook page?

Okay, okay — fine. Facebook wins. We’ve all calmed down. We’ve gotten used to our reduced organic reach. We’ve accepted the fact that our video views will now be split between Facebook and YouTube. The mass migration to an alternate social media platform didn’t (fully) happen.

So yeah, Facebook wins. It’s still alive and kicking. It can still be an effective way for musicians to reach existing fans and make new ones.

But throughout these uncertain times (the last couple years), many musicians have been way less active on the platform than they were in the glorious (free) salad days of Facebook. If that’s you, chances are good your band page is starting to feel pretty stale.

So while Facebook itself is doing just fine, your presence on the site may’ve suffered. Luckily there are a few simple things you can do to bring your page back from the dead. Read more »

Ninja Sex Party pre-sold tens of thousands of CDs, and autographed every single one of them

By Chris Robley
August 25, 2015{ No Comments }

Think of the last time you had writer’s cramp? Now imagine what your hand would feel like after autographing CDs eight hours a day for five days straight! That’s what Ninja Sex Party did the week leading up to the launch of their new album Attitude City. They came to CD Baby’s office in Portland, camped out for a week, and signed thousands of CDs for their fans.

Ninja Sex Party’s Leigh Daniel Avidan and Brian Wecht (otherwise known as Danny Sexbang and Ninja Brian) are also two-thirds of the group Starbomb, who earlier this year used YouTube to drive 6000 CDs sales in one week. For the release of Attitude City, Ninja Sex Party similarly leveraged their YouTube community to sell a lot of CDs in advance of the release, but this time with that crazy bonus: they’d all be signed. Read more »

15 survival tips for the touring guitar player

By Guest Blogger
August 25, 2015{ 1 Comment }

15 survival tips for touring guitarists

[This list was written by singer-songwriter Kev Rowe and originally appeared HERE.]

1.Bring a cooler. Meals can be expensive.

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Fix feedback and stop shocks with these great tips

By Guest Blogger
August 24, 2015{ No Comments }

Preventing feedback and mic shock

[This article was written by Alex Andrews of Ten Kettles Inc. It originally appeared HERE. Check out the  new music theory app from Ten Kettles — “Waay: Music theory that matters.” Click here to learn about its video lessons, interactive exercises, progress-tracking tools, and more.]

Fixing feedback

You get up on stage, pick up a microphone, start to sing and then—SCREEEEEECH. Feedback. It’s very common, but thankfully very avoidable. Why does feedback happen at a live show or rehearsal? Most of the time, feedback happens when a mic points at a speaker.

When you stand with your back to a speaker, what you’re actually doing is pointing your microphone directly into the speaker. And that means trouble. The simple solution? Move the speaker or move the singer. Sure, you can also tweak the singer’s EQ (e.g., turning down the frequency band that matches the feedback) or invest in a feedback eliminator device, but if you want to keep your sound quality high and your budget low, start with speaker (and singer!) placement. Read more »