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Vote for our proposed SXSW panels

By Chris Robley
August 18, 2014{ No Comments }

Screen shot 2014 08 18 at 9.48.48 AM 1 Vote for our proposed SXSW panelsIt’s that time of year again – SXSW panel picker time! And even though Austin’s premier music conference is still more than six months away, now is the time for YOU to decide which workshops and panels will take place during the event.

CD Baby has four panels up for consideration this year, and we’d love your votes and comments.

If you like what you see below, please give the panel a “thumbs up” and if you’re feeling really generous, leave a comment explaining why you’d be interested in the proposed panel (comments are even more valuable than votes).

To get started, you’ll have to create an account, but it only takes a few seconds. The polls are open!

CD Baby’s proposed panels for SXSW 2015

Indie Revenue Stream Breaking Through: Real Data — http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/36193

Self Releasing for Success — http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/33903

How to Live Your Dream Without a Support System – http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/40443

Micro-Licensing: The Fast Growing Future of Sync – http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/40158 Read more »

10 ways to promote your music with CD Baby’s Music Player

By Chris Robley
August 18, 2014{ No Comments }

Screen shot 2014 08 18 at 7.44.29 AM 1 10 ways to promote your music with CD Babys Music PlayerLast week we were really excited to announce the arrival of our brand new Music Player.

It’s simple, customizable, embeddable, quite lovable, and comes in four different styles and sizes, from an itty-bitty music player that’s perfect for blog or website sidebars all the way up to a full-paged music store (so your fans can buy your downloads, CDs, and vinyl without having to hunt around online).

And unlike lots of other music players, you can create unlimited players using any combination of the songs in your CD Baby account, so it’s an extremely powerful music promotion tool.

Oh yeah, it’s also FREE for all CD Baby artists.

Here are just some of the ways you can promote, share, and sell your music with CD Baby’s Music Player

1. Create interesting playlists that your fans can share, such as:

* greatest hits (or the songs which you’re most proud of)

* moods (summer songs, exercise, quiet tunes for studying, etc.)

* set lists from every show (published as blog posts)

* audience favorites (ask your fans to help you make the ultimate playlist) Read more »

5 more things every musician should know about copyright

By Guest Blogger
August 15, 2014{ 1 Comment }

iStock 000017499131XSmall 300x199 5 more things every musician should know about copyright[This post was written by guest contributor Dave Kusek of The New Artist Model.]

As we talked about in the last article, copyright is extremely important for musicians. It is the very foundation on which your career is built, so it makes sense to at least understand the basics. As you’ll see in this article, a general understanding of copyright law can even help you bring in more income.

Here’s 5 more points about copyright every musician should understand 

1. Copyright Duration

So once you have copyright protection for your work, how long does it actually last? In the US, copyright protection lasts the life of the creator plus 70 years. If you wrote the song with your band or another musician, copyright protection will last 70 years past the death of the last surviving owner. After the death of the writers, the song will pass to their heirs who will be able to continue to financially benefit. For a work for hire, copyright duration lasts 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation, whichever is shorter. Read more »

Funny cover art for misheard album titles

By Chris Robley
August 15, 2014{ No Comments }

Presents 650x650 Funny cover art for misheard album titlesI’m sure you’ve had one of those moments when you’re singing along to a song and someone says, “that’s not the right lyric!”

The standard examples are things like there’s a bathroom on the right, or ‘scuse me while I kiss this guy.

But my wife once heard a friend’s mom, who was vacuuming with headphones on, sing (to the melody of “Pour Some Sugar on Me”) the words “awesome superpower.”

Can you hear it? Awe-some Super-poww-werrrrr! 

Ok, actually, I can’t hear it. I don’t know what that woman was thinking.

Anyway, the same funny phenomenon can happen with album titles. You mishear something once and that incorrect title sticks in your mind forever. Well, now we’ve got the artwork to go along with some classic, incorrectly-heard album titles. Check out these funny record covers from the Shutterstock Blog of misheard album titles.

What albums, song titles, or lyrics have you gotten wrong? Who corrected you? Read more »

Sell your merch on Spotify with BandPage

By Chris Robley
August 13, 2014{ 1 Comment }

With the help of BandPage, a company that enables over 500,000 artists to create central online profiles for their music, you can now easily sell your band merch and “experiences” on Spotify.

You’re probably asking, “What’s an experience?”

Well, it’s anything your fans will love (and would be willing to pay for), as long as it’s legal. So the more creative and personal, the better.

That’s right. Whether you want to sell traditional merch items like band posters, t-shirts, and vinyl records, or memorable experiences such as private online concerts, backstage access to gigs, or guided-tours of your recording studio, BandPage will help you get the word out to your fans by displaying those offers on your Spotify artist page. Read more »

CD Baby featured in The New York Times

By Chris Robley
August 13, 2014{ No Comments }

13CDBABY1 master675 CD Baby featured in The New York TimesHey, look at THAT. We’re in The New York Times! 

What a nice thing to wake up to on a Wednesday morning.

Larry Rohter’s story about CD Baby and the independent artists we serve appears in the music section of today’s print edition, but you can also check it out HERE online.

Larry covers it all: our history, our future, our headquarters, our mission, the many ways we help people make money from their music, the diversity of the music we distribute, and —most importantly — the stories of our artists.

[Photo by Leah Nash for The New York Times.] Read more »

The crucial 2-step process for hearing yourself better on stage

By Guest Blogger
August 12, 2014{ No Comments }

shutterstock 68316415 The crucial 2 step process for hearing yourself better on stageContrary to popular opinion (and action), turning up your amp more and more will not make you hear yourself better.

Sure, you’ll hear yourself MORE, but better? Hardly.

Oh, I know, I know, I know! Your guitar sound is soooo cool and that new distortion pedal is reaaaal juicy.

But unless you’re playing one man Shoegaze, that wall of fuzz guitar won’t do your band members any favors.

Playing with a band is a team effort and your fans want to hear the whole composition, not just the rock guitar parts. So let’s look at the two things you can do immediately that will help you hear yourself better on stage.

Amp placement

Where you place your amp is crucial to hearing it. Makes sense but it also matters where the other amps are. Read more »

Promote and sell your music online with CD Baby’s brand new Music Player

By CD Baby
August 11, 2014{ 3 Comments }

The new CD Baby Music Player has arrived, and it’s all yours.

Feel the power as you create an unlimited number of customizable players, perfect for embedding on your website and sharing online. Build playlists from any of the tracks in your CD Baby account, and watch the ease with which reviewers and bloggers can use your music in posts and articles. Plus, you can use your Music Player to sell CDs, vinyl, and downloads too.

Did you feel that? Your promo power just kicked into overdrive. Read more »

7 ways to increase your YouTube views

By Chris Robley
August 8, 2014{ 9 Comments }

youtube logo 300x168 7 ways to increase your YouTube viewsWhen you share a YouTube video on Twitter, on Facebook, in an email newsletter, or on your blog, you’re hoping to reach your existing fanbase — and that’s great — but it’s not doing much for you in terms of getting your music heard by a brand new audience.

Liz Uhl of AMP Records recently shared some great tips on how to attract new viewers to your music videos. I’ve summarized her advice below, but to check out the original article on the AMP website, click HERE.

Boosting YouTube views for your music videos

1. Enter relevant tags. What keywords are people going to be searching for that could lead to your video? Use ‘em! Read more »

When you hear a song on the radio, do you know who gets paid?

By Chris Robley
August 7, 2014{ 1 Comment }

radio tuning 1094 When you hear a song on the radio, do you know who gets paid?

The hit song  “… Baby One More Time” from the 90′s has probably been spun on the radio millions of times by now. But do you think Britney Spears has earned any performance royalties for those radio plays?

Not a cent!

Ken Consor from Songtrust wrote a great article called “What you didn’t know about radio royalties” in which he addresses one of the most commonly misunderstood aspects of music publishing:

When we talk about music publishing, we must always differentiate between songwriter and artist. For most of the Billboard Hot 100, the artist did not write the hit song on their own. They either used a team of songwriters or ‘cut’ (recorded) someone else’s composition entirely. In our example case, Britney wrote none of the song. It was written by one of the most important and successful songwriters of our generation, Max Martin.

Royalties and Radio: Read more »