Why should you join us in Chicago at the Conference Plaza Hotel (September 30-Oct 2)?
Reason #1: Community!
When we held our first DIY Musician Conference last year, we hoped attendees would bond through their shared experiences and love of making music. They did, and then some.
The family atmosphere felt natural from the start, and it just got stronger as the weekend progressed, with musicians coming together to jam, share stories, and learn from each other.
Artists from across many backgrounds made connections that last beyond the event. In my 10+ years working at CD Baby, one of the things I’m most proud of is that at this conference many of the markers that often keep people disengaged from one another (musical genre, age, race, sexuality, gender identification, career status, etc.) actually served as points of connection, education, and strength for the whole community.
Attendees — whether they were charismatic or shy, whether they were indie success stories or undiscovered talents — built a kind of community network that will continue to support them as they progress in their musical career.
Here’s what some artists had to say about the event:
“The CD Baby DIY Musician Conference was the first musician’s conference I’ve ever attended and I’m thinking it will be hard to beat! Everyone I encountered – both fellow musicians and presenters – were kind & generous with their knowledge with not even a tinge of condescension or cliche-y-ness. I felt supported, empowered and so inspired by the weekend. Definitely on my calendar for 2016!”
“I’m a 47 black lesbian singer/songwriter, and I didn’t feel out of place at all. Not bad, guys! 🙂 “
“My band The New York Rock has showcased at a handful of other music conferences. We learned that most conferences are more about the industry folk networking for themselves. CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference was a conference FOR the artists. I personally learned more in that weekend than in the last 10 years of my career. The panels were aimed to help independent artists succeed. There was NO ego. I highly recommend this conference for any independent artist trying to make a career in this crazy god forsaken business we call the music industry!”
“You made me feel very welcome and you brought in great insider content. Kudos!!!!” Read more »