“CD Baby News” Articles

CD Baby Twitter chat: “the place of physical music formats in a digital world”

April 29, 2015{ No Comments }

CD Baby Twitter chatIt’s about time for another #DIYmusician Twitter chat!

This month we will be getting together on Wednesday, May 6th at 11 AM PST (2 PM EST) to talk about “the place of physical music formats in a digital world.”

CD Baby continues to sell and ship hundreds of CDs every day. Are you manufacturing albums? What format? Would you like to offer physical albums, but aren’t sure if it is worth it? Bring your experiences to the conversation, and join us (@cdbaby) along with VP of Marketing Kevin Breuner (@kbreuner) and blog editor Chris Robley (@chrisrobley).

Last month we discussed “your best touring advice,” and once again musicians from all over stopped by to exchange stories and pass along their tips.

Here are a few standout tweets:

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Save $20 on the best distribution for your music

April 23, 2015{ No Comments }

Save $20 on music distribution with CD Baby


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Sell shirts at your show and save!

April 8, 2015{ No Comments }

Band merch your fans will love

Merch that looks as good as your music sounds.

Your band is your brand, and the non-music items you sell at shows aren’t just a great way to earn a little extra income at gigs — they’re also mobile promotional items that give you some of the best advertising you’re going to get.

So make sure what you’re sending out into the world is every bit as professional, memorable, and distinct as you and your music! Fans want to support you, and when you offer high quality, original products, they’ll feel good about making a purchase. Read more »

How to get your music on TIDAL

April 1, 2015{ 15 Comments }

Get your music on Tidal

CD Baby artists’ music will be available on TIDAL

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk recently about a newly launched music streaming service called TIDAL, which offers:

* high-fidelity sound quality (yes, hi-fi streaming)

* high-def music videos, and…

*  curated editorial content

Oh, and it’s also partially owed by Jay Z, who threw a launch party for TIDAL with appearances by Madonna, Alicia Keys, Kanye, and lots of other big names.

Subscribers can access TIDAL’s catalog in high-fidelity for $19.99/month. There’s also a $9.99/month tier for subscribers who don’t need the high-quality audio.

If you’re currently distributing your music to music streaming services via CD Baby, your music will also be available on TIDAL. If you’re about to sign up a new album or single, we’ll distribute it to TIDAL so your fans can access your music in high-quality streaming audio! Read more »

CD Baby Twitter Chat on April 8th: “your best touring advice”

April 1, 2015{ No Comments }

CD Baby Twitter Chat

Chat with CD Baby on Wednesday, April 8th

Our first Twitter chat was a huge success thanks to all the artists who tweeted with us about independent music promotion. With people chiming in from all over the globe, the #DIYmusician hashtag even trended! Read more »

SXSW video recap of our favorite moments: plus, is it worth it for indie artists to attend?

March 26, 2015{ No Comments }

CD Baby at SXSWThe CD Baby take on SXSW: Is it “worth it” for independent musicians? What were our favorite moments? Read on…

We sent a great little gang of our very own CD Babies to SXSW this year, and man: what a time they had.

Between our showcase, our panel discussions, our Portland Party, and getting to meet a ton of current (and future) CD Baby artists, it’s amazing that we remembered to bust out the camera to capture some of the memories.

But we did! And we’ve compiled a few of those moments in a video that’ll make you feel like you were right there in the action (see below).

Should indie acts go to SXSW? Is it worth the effort and expense?

Phil Bauer (CD Baby’s Director of Digital Distribution) says: Read more »

#DIYmusician: CD Baby’s 1st Twitter Chat on March 25th

March 17, 2015{ 2 Comments }

#DIYmusician: CD Baby's Twitter Chat On Wednesday March 25th, join CD Baby (@cdbaby) along with VP of Marketing Kevin Breuner (@kbreuner) and blog editor Chris Robley (@chrisrobley) from 11am-12pm PT (2-3pm EST) to discuss DIY music promotion methods.

Talk with us about your strategies, successes, failures, and surprises when it comes to promoting yourself as a DIY musician.

Is Facebook your friend or foe? When is the right time to start the promotion of a new album? What tools have helped you connect better with your fans?

We’ll be hosting a discussion on these topics and more next Wednesday, March 25th, and we hope you pop by to say hello!

Use the #DIYmusician hashtag to participate!

To chime in and chat with us, all you need to do is tweet during the scheduled time while using our chat hashtag: #DIYmusician.

Here are a few #DIYmusician chat suggestions:

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CD Baby at SXSW 2015: four panels, one official showcase, dozens of artists

March 5, 2015{ 11 Comments }

CD Baby SXSW showcase 2015

South by Southwest is just around the corner, and this year CD Baby is bringing a mammoth helping of  indie awesomeness to Austin.

The Official SXSW CD Baby Showcase

For starters, our showcase on Friday, March 20th promises to (at the very least) leave some scuff marks on the fabric of spacetime.

It’ll kick off at 8pm at Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room (on 6th and Trinity), and features sets from Doug Burr, Summer Cannibals, Chaos Chaos, Olivver the Kid, Sadat X, and Black Milk.

Then there’s the panels. Four of ‘em, as follows:

1. Indie Revenue Streams Breaking Through: Real Data

CD Baby’s CEO Tracy Maddux moderates this panel that aims to check the pulse of how independent artists and labels are generating revenue in today’s music industry.

Tracy will also appear as a panelist on…

2. Be Your Own CEO

Learn about  creative and insightful ways for artists, content creators and songwriters to launch and maintain a career in today’s complicated and ever-challenging marketplace. Read more »

Save on registration for the 2015 ASCAP EXPO

February 24, 2015{ 2 Comments }

ASCAP EXPOThe 10th ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is happening April 30th through May 2nd, 2015 in Los Angeles at the Loews Hollywood Hotel — and CD Baby has partnered with ASCAP to get you a discount on registration.

Enter promo code CDBABY.

The Discount Registration period will be available until March 31st, so register now and meet face-to-face with some of the world’s most successful songwriters, composers, producers, and music business leaders.

CD Baby’s Kevin Breuner (VP of Marketing) and Rob Filomena (Director of Publishing) will be there, so be sure to attend their panel discussion, stop by, say hi, and hang out for a while. Read more »

CD Baby Pro’s publishing catalog quadruples in 2014

February 24, 2015{ 2 Comments }

Music Publishing Made EasyIndie artists unlock new revenue streams never before available to them

Our rights management service for songwriters—known as CD Baby Pro—had a huge year of growth in 2014. The service now represents over 54,000 writers and administers over 246,000 songs. The catalog we administer through CD Baby Pro (which launched in February of 2013) grew by over 250% in 2014.

“While writers could sign up directly with ASCAP or BMI to collect performance royalties, many independent artists can’t get an established publisher to work with them, which is key to making other types of publishing revenue accessible” explains Rob Filomena, CD Baby’s Director of Music Publishing. “We’re making professionalized music rights management accessible to a large group of independents and, judging from the growth we’re seeing, this is an essential artist need right now.”

CD Baby Pro is allowing its members to collect — for the first time  —mechanical royalties from streaming services both in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, direct registration of songs with over 40 foreign societies has accelerated payment to members for performances in these territories by years in some cases, whereas relying on U.S. PROs alone would have taken much longer. Read more »