DIY Musician Conference schedule

Your choice of more than 20 educational and networking events

[IMPORTANT: The DIY Musician Conference 2015 is SOLD OUT! There are no more tickets available.]

CD Baby is hosting our first ever DIY Musician Conference this October 23-25 in Chicago, and we’ve got quite the assortment of workshops, panels, and showcases lined up.

Unlike most music conferences, this one is built specifically around the needs of independent musicians, so you’ll get practical, actionable advice and walk away with a plan to move your music career forward. Most of the guest speakers will be hanging out for the weekend too, so if you want to continue a conversation that started in one of your sessions, you’ll have that opportunity. Plus, we’ll have a resource center set up where you can talk to members of the CD Baby team at any time, ask questions about your distribution and promotion, or just say hi.

Friday – October 23rd


Registration at the Congress Plaza Hotel


Meet-up and open mic at The Bottom Lounge (sponsored by Shure Microphones)

Saturday – October 24th


Registration at the Congress Plaza Hotel


From Indie to Major in Nine Months… And Back Again (Keynote) — w/ Brian Mazzaferri and Tony Van Veen


Show Me the Money: How to Maximize Every Revenue Stream for Your Music — w/ Kevin Breuner, Rob Filomena, J. Gibson, and Lauren Danzy

Publicity for Every Artist: Crafting Stories That Get You Press — w/ Dmitri Vietze

Stop Making Cents: Why Data is the New Dollar — w/ Mike King, Chris Moon, Chandler Coyle, Colleen Theis, Tracy Maddux (Sponsored by Berklee Online)


Careers That Break the Mold: How Three Indie Artists are Creating Their Own Path — w/ Patrick Griffin, Chad Lawson, Shannon Curtis, and Jeff Murphy

DIY Touring: from Booking to Backline — w/ Billy Geoghegan

Online Marketing and Sales for Developing Musicians — w/ Benji Rogers (Sponsored by Berklee Online)


Lunch — on your own, with a friend, whatevs… plenty of places to eat; it’s Chicago!


The Four Most Important Things You Need to Know for Performing Onstage! (Keynote) — Live band makeover with Tom Jackson


YouTube and Your Music — w/ Ben Kihnel and Kevin Breuner (Sponsored by Rumblefish)

Email Marketing for Bands: Everything You Need to Know to Build a List, Create Emails, and Grow Your Fanbase — w/ Joy Merten

Music Production 101: Recording and Producing in Pro Tools — w/ Mike King and Chrissy Tignor (Sponsored by Berklee Online)


Top 5 Mistakes When Planning a Release: a special live taping of the DIY Musician Podcast — w/ Kevin Breuner and Chris Robley

Publishing Unlocked: Your Money is Waiting for You — w/ Rob Filomena

Your Band is a Brand: Communicating Who You are to Get Results — w/ Janice Bond


Dinner — on your own, with a friend, whatevs… plenty of restaurants close by!


SoundExchange Sessions: DIY Musician Showcase

Sunday – October 25th


SoundExchange: What It Is, Why It Pays, and How to Get Your Share — w/ Lauren Danzy

Back Me Up! Starting New Projects with Funding — w/ Hayley Rosenblum

Band Website Explosion: Mastering Your Online Presence — w/ Chandler Coyle and Rebecca Bateman


Go Book Yourself! — w/ Dmitri Vietze, Mark Steiner, Dayna Malow, Eric Muhlberger, and Austin Ellis (Sponsored by GigSalad)

Songwring Across Genres: Indie Artists Share Their Approaches — w/ Black Milk and Crow Moses

Eye Catching Visuals: How to Get the Best Band Photos Ever — w/ Becky Yee


Band Smart: 50 Ideas to Make $100k More This Year (Keynote) — w/ Martin Atkins


Closing Comments

In addition to these events, many of our sponsors will be leading small workshops in the demo room throughout the weekend.

To view this schedule as a PDF, click HERE.

For more information about the conference, check out the DIY Musician Conference website.

For a list of nearby hotel/hostel/motel options, click HERE.