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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 »

Every #TBT, check out CD Baby’s “From the Crates”

February 12, 2015{ 3 Comments }

CD Baby's "From the Crates"Every Thursday, a member of the CD Baby team goes deep into our warehouse to highlight an oldie-but-goodie “from the crates.”

CD Baby sells music from more than a quarter million artists in over 600 genres from around the world, so you never know what we’re going to feature. Tune in every #TBT to hear about (and HEAR) another great independent album.

The videos are posted on CD Baby’s YouTube Channel and shared on our Music Discovery Blog, but I figured I’d share the first handful here to get you caught up! Check them out below: Read more »

Enter to win a Taylor guitar, CD production, and global distribution

February 9, 2015{ 3 Comments }


All this could be yours

Our friends at Disc Makers, Backstage, and Taylor Guitars have teamed up to give you the chance to win an amazing prize package from Taylor Guitars that includes a 214ce SB DLX guitar, guitar bag, stand, and strap along with a Taylor t-shirt.

And if that wasn’t enough Disc Makers and Backstage have kicked in a CD production and distribution package to help get your music to the masses.

The complete prize package includes:

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Creating multiple revenue streams for your music

December 12, 2014{ No Comments }

Webinar: CD Baby tools for musiciansIn this exclusive webinar, Dave Kusek of the New Artist Model talks to Kevin Breuner, VP of Marketing at CD Baby, about many of the tools we offer and how you can use them to earn more money from your music.

Learn how to:

1. Earn royalties for the usage of your music on YouTube

2. Sell more music on Facebook

3. Sell new music using CD Baby Free

4. Get paid publishing royalties

5. License your music for film and TV

6. Grow your fanbase with Fanbridge

7. Fund your next album, video, or tour with PledgeMusic

To learn more about how CD Baby can help you grow your independent music career, check out this FREE webinar. Read more »

CD Baby changes Terms of Service agreement to help you collect unclaimed royalties

November 26, 2014{ 1 Comment }

Sell More Music with CD BabyWe’re changing the CD Baby Member Agreement so we can collect unclaimed royalties for you

On December 10th, changes to our CD Baby Member Agreement take effect that will allow us to administer on your behalf any unclaimed Digital Performance Royalties being held by SoundExchange, a not-for-profit entity that has the exclusive right to collect and distribute non-interactive royalties.


* If you’re already claiming your own royalties directly from SoundExchange, these changes will NOT affect you; SoundExchange will still pay you directly. Our Terms of Service is being amended so we can help artists that haven’t yet registered with SoundExchange. We don’t want them to miss out on collecting revenue that their music has generated.

* If you’re NOT claiming royalties directly from SoundExchange, but do NOT want CD Baby to collect them for you, simply opt out within your CD Baby members account dashboard.

Why would artists miss out on royalties?

Well, after three years, SoundExchange releases any unclaimed royalties into the sunset, which basically means that money gets scooped up by the major labels.

We don’t want your royalties getting paid to some major label that had nothing to do with the creation of your tracks. That’s why we’re changing our Terms, to make sure you don’t lose out on YOUR money.

Can’t artists get these directly from SoundExchange?

Yes you can, and many artists do. If you want to go direct to SoundExchange, by all means do so. However, we have found that the SoundExchange registration process can be confusing and tends to trip up artists. Therefore many CD Baby artists have never registered to collect these royalties. We’re stepping up now and informing SoundExchange who the rights holder is, and collecting on behalf of unregistered artists the royalties we can.

So what does all this mean in layman’s terms?

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How to get your music on YouTube Music Key, YouTube’s music subscription service

November 13, 2014{ 29 Comments }

Move over Spotify and Rdio. YouTube Music Key is finally here.

After much anticipation, YouTube has just announced the launch of its subscription streaming service: YouTube Music Key.

YouTube Music Key, available in the US and 6 European countries, will let subscribers listen to ad-free music (including full albums in high quality audio) AND watch music videos — even when offline — for $9.99/month (though the introductory price is $7.99).

And YOUR music (and “Art Tracks” videos) could be available on YouTube Music Key soon!
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