You’ve got TWO ways to show us what you got. Make sure you don’t miss your chance!

The open mic at Bottom Lounge

The CD Baby DIY Musician Conference kicks off with a big party at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge where we’ll be hosting an open mic for attendees to share their music with what promises to be a big crowd. The event was packed last year, and the artists performing represented genres you’d expect to see at an open mic (folk, pop/rock), as well as those you might not (zydeco, hip hop)!

To play the open mic as an attendee you obviously need a ticket, but you’ll also need to buy that ticket by July 31, 2016 to be eligible to secure your advance slot. (There will be random names drawn from those wishing to participate during the event as well, but no guarantees you will be able to play.) We will be emailing ticket holders at the beginning of August with sign-up info.

We’re also offering one band a chance to be part of Tom Jackson’s Band Makeover.

Go on stage with Tom as he coaches you through making your performance even stronger.

We’re looking for a four or five piece band with each of the following:

  • Lead singer (doesn’t have to play an instrument, but it’s okay if he/she does.)
  • Lead guitar player
  • Keyboard player or a second guitar player
  • Bass player
  • Drummer

Interested? Email with a link to a live performance.

Tickets for the 2016 DIY Musician Conference are on sale right now for only $99.

This price won’t last, and that’s another great reason to act now! We’ve also got hotel accommodations hooked up for the event at a special rate:

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