The DIY Musician Conference 2018 at a glance: Musicians helping musicians

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A quick recap of three amazing days in Nashville with the DIY musician community.

The DIY Musician Conference — which happened between August 24-26 in Nashville, Tennessee — is an impossible event to summarize, but I’ll try all the same:

  • Dozens of educational sessions over three days
  • Easy networking with top music brands such as Spotify, YouTube, Shure, Spire, and so many more
  • The chance to jam with musicians from all over the world
  • One-on-one mentorship with industry pros
  • Showcasing and promotion opportunities
  • And the experience of learning from like-minded DIY artists

CD Baby plans the first five of those bullet points, and yes, we’re very proud of how much attention we give to programming relevant sessions with actionable advice, as well as lining up plenty of cool experiences (like attending a recording session at Ocean Way, songwriting workshops with Jill Sobule, and much more).

But attendees bring most of the magic on that last point, and it’s really what puts our conference over the top: Community. In fact, my favorite moment of the whole weekend was having dinner on Saturday night with a handful of attendees, and sharing not just what we’d learned that day, but also tips we’d picked up along the way in our everyday efforts to make and promote original music.

There’s a real sense of family at the DIY Musician Conference.

Or rather, many many small and overlapping families. These groups of indie musicians meet at the conference and then continue to help one another for years to come. At CD Baby, we can pat ourselves on the back for the conference’s focused music-biz education, but the thing we’re proudest of is the thing we can take the least credit for — DIY musicians helping one another.

Meeting up at the DIY Musician Conference
Meeting up at the DIY Musician Conference.

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There were dozens of sessions during the conference, and we live-streamed fifteen of the talks that happened in the ballroom.

You can watch them at any time HERE.

There were also a lot of great sessions happening in the smaller rooms, and we recorded audio for many of them. Subscribe to The DIY Musician Podcast and keep an eye out over the next few months, as we’ll be posting the best of those sessions as podcast episodes.

Photos from the DIY Musician Conference 2018

Jamming in the jam room, sponsored by Shure.
Answering questions at CD Baby’s booth.
Bob Boilen saying some kind words about Tony Memmel’s music during the Song Pitch session.
Spire talks with attendees about home recording tools.
Kevin Breuner and Chris Robley talk about using CD Baby’s Show.co tools to promote your music.
Stashimi demonstrates the power of Messenger bots for communicating with your fans.
Charles Alexander talks about getting your music onto Spotify playlists.
An attendee tests out Shure microphones and recording apps.
Cheryl B. Engelhardt leads attendees through email marketing exercises.
All smiles, helping us celebrate CD Baby’s 20th anniversary!

Get ready for Austin, Texas in 2019!

Next year we’re taking the DIY Musician Conference to Austin, “the live music capital of the world.”

Details in the video below:

Were you with us in Nashville?

If you were at the 2018 conference, hopefully you posted your favorite moments using the hashtag #DIYmusician, but I’d also love to know what sessions and experiences stood out. Holler in the comments.

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