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Topics we’ll be covering at the DIY Musician Conference

September 1, 2015{ No Comments }

DIY Musician Conference scheduleLast week we announced the full schedule for the upcoming DIY Musician Conference, happening this October 23-25 in Chicago.

It’s a solid lineup of workshops and panels specifically geared towards musicians who manage their own music careers.

If you want to see a breakdown of sessions by topic, check out the list below.


Music marketing, promotion, and PR

Publicity for Every Artist: Crafting Stories That Get You Press — w/ Dmitri Vietze

Online Marketing and Sales for Developing Musicians — w/ Benji Rogers (Sponsored by Berklee Online)

Email Marketing for Bands: Everything You Need to Know to Build a List, Create Emails, and Grow Your Fanbase — w/ Joy Merten

Top 5 Mistakes When Planning a Release: a special live taping of the DIY Musician Podcast — w/ Kevin Breuner and Chris Robley

Band Website Explosion: Mastering Your Online Presence — we/ Chandler Coyle and Rebecca Bateman Read more »

Vine introduces new features for musicians

September 1, 2015{ No Comments }

Vine is now more music-friendly

Vine, your favorite place for 6-second looping videos, has just introduced some new features that will make the platform even more useful for musicians.

Among the additions is a button that allows users to see what track is being played in the video and a list of featured, pre-licensed tracks that video creators can use in their vines. Most useful for DIY musicians who create their own music, though, is a feature called Snap to Beat. With Snap to Beat you can easily create seamless loops.

Here’s what Vine says of the tool:

Once you’ve chosen a song by tapping the music note from the Details screen, Snap to Beat identifies how much of the song to use to make a seamless loop and then trims your video to fit that clip. With seamless audio looping in our mobile apps, you can make Vines that sound awesome and feel like magic — something that’s only possible with Vine.     Read more »

Meet representatives from these cool music companies at the DIY Musician Conference

August 31, 2015{ No Comments }

DIY Musician ConferenceWho’s going to be at the DIY Musician Conference?

At CD Baby’s first ever DIY Musician Conference (this October 23-25 in Chicago) you’ll meet quite a few independent musicians, managers, songwriters, and producers.

But you’ll also have the chance to talk with people representing some of the most important companies in the world of independent music, including:

Berklee Online (Official Sponsor)

GigSalad (Official Sponsor)

Rumblefish (Official Sponsor)




The Orchard


Brown Paper Tickets Read more »

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

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 »

Announcing the full schedule for the DIY Musician Conference

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?

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

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?

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

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

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 »