All your music revenue sources (and how to collect the money)

As a musician, you should be collecting money from MANY income streams. Do you know what they are? Royalties. Earnings. Income. Revenue. Scratch. Bones. Loot. Notes. Moolah. Dough. There are a lot of words for money. There are also a lot of ways for musicians to get paid today. Independent artists now have access to …

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How to automatically geo-target your Mailchimp emails

You can still send regionally targeted emails, even if you didn’t collect your fans’ city, state, or zip code information. If you’re like me, your email list is a bit of a mess. For some subscribers you’ve got all the info — city, state, country, zip, favorite animal, albums purchased, mother’s maiden name. 😉 For …

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Why new musicians MUST put out a single FIRST

If you’ve never released music before, you have to start with a single song. Artists at the major label level usually put out a single first, unless they’re dropping one of those “secret” overnight albums. The lead single rallies the fans, gets press talking, and builds energy for playlists or radio. Here’s why releasing a …

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CD Baby clients earned more than $100,000,000 in 2018!

The power of independent music keeps growing. Are you set up for the year ahead? 2018 was huge for the CD Baby community. The clients we serve — indie artists who put a lot of heart and hard work into their music — earned well over $100million. ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS! That’s a ton of money, …

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5 myths about being a musician with a “day” job

Hello, I’m a professional HR Advisor… … .and a #1 Billboard Recording Artist. So you’re a musician with a full-time job? If ONLY you had all day to focus on your craft… If ONLY you could do music full-time…then… … THEN you would be able to write and release that hit song, or get your …

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Are open mics WORTH it?

“You should probably avoid open mics…” Or so says THIS article by Jeremy Young from Soundfly. Here are the negatives about open mics, according to Jeremy: The “audience” won’t be inclined to value your performance You’ll only be networking with beginners or open-mic lifers Your on-stage practice time would be better spent at a coffee-shop …

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How to sync your playlists across Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and more

There’s an easy way to sync your playlists across multiple platforms. With Soundsgood.co you can create (and edit) a universal playlist where changes are automatically reflected on any streaming platform where that playlist appears. For instance, a playlist you manage in Spotify can be automatically updated on YouTube, Deezer, and many other services. No need to …

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Exciting year for independent musicians nominated for Grammy Awards

Dozens of CD Baby clients have been nominated for a 2019 Grammy. Wow. The power and reach of independent music is growing each year. Congrats to all the artists in our community whose names appeared on the recent list of 2019 Grammy nominees! CD Baby is proud to be carrying the following 2019 Grammy-nominated albums, …

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How do you decide WHERE to promote your music?

The five most important factors when considering social and ad platforms for your music promotion. You want more people to hear your music. But how? PR is expensive. Radio promotion is costly too. Playlist promotion? Yeah, add that to your growing list of big-ticket promo campaigns. Now you’re broke with no guarantee of results. On …

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Why you can’t afford to get your music metadata wrong

What is music metadata? Metadata is “data about data” — information about information. In the digital music world, it’s the data that accompanies your songs and albums. Today there are (at least) two GIANT reasons why you need to have COMPLETE and CORRECT metadata for all your music online. First, metadata helps build a digital …

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