The DIY Musician Blog’s Top 10 Articles of 2017

Catch up on our most popular posts from the past year.

Got a little downtime before the end of 2017? Take a look at some of our best articles — and then kick your music game up a notch.

The biggest myths about music streaming

Between conferences, emails, blog comments, and just hanging out with musician friends, we hear a lot of independent artists’ opinions about music streaming — both plus and minus. Some of these opinions are well-informed while others seem like they’re based on myths. So let’s debunk a few!

3 things you’re doing wrong on Spotify

Even as streaming becomes the dominant means of accessing music, the streaming world can still feel like a new frontier to many musicians. A recent panel discussion at the BIME conference about “Developing New Artists in the Digital Age” sheds some light on three areas where many musicians are going wrong. Are you being held back on Spotify by these three bad habits?

How to collect all your royalties for Pandora plays

Knowing what kind of money your music is generating is important, and a play on Pandora can generate a few different kinds of royalties. In this article we’ll give you a quick summary of what those royalties are, how they’re generated, and where you need to go to collect them all.

I will NEVER listen to your music if I hear you say…

Musicians can be quirky, crazy, and wildly opinionated. It goes with the territory. But there’s one thing I hear musicians say all too often that immediately raises red flags. It makes me think their music is stale, irrelevant, or worse. Have YOU ever been guilty of saying or thinking the following words…?

Is your age still an issue in the music business?

Artists assume — correctly or not — that age isn’t an asset in this industry; that audiences want freshness (if not youth); and that acknowledging you’ve been in the trenches for so long might somehow tarnish a prospective fan’s impression of you. Why all this anxiety? Why worry about something out of our control?

Music marketing that actually works: the anatomy of a successful campaign

Last year CD Baby bought, a company that makes really great online marketing tools used by artists on Universal, Sony, Nettwerk Music Group, and more — and we’re making these tools available to CD Baby clients for FREE. Check out these 8 tips to creating an effective music marketing campaign.

Posting cover songs on YouTube: Music-video licensing explained

Cover song videos are hugely popular on YouTube, and making a cover song video is one of the most proven ways to get new listeners. So let’s say you’ve recorded an awesome new cover version of an existing song, and now it’s time to post the video to YouTube. What do you need to do in order to NOT get your pants sued off?

Using Facebook Live to earn $74k in one year as a solo musician

The tools are there for you to monetize with Live Streaming! Rick Barker demonstrates what Dawn Beyer did to make over $74,000 in one year using FB Live and how you can too. Walk away with a clear understanding of how to use the tools to better engage and monetize your audience. You will also learn how to use Instagram Live and Periscope to broaden your reach.

YouTube for Musicians: “How is all the $$ made?”

Monetization on YouTube is the process by which original content makes, you guessed it, money. That original content can come in various forms, called assets. And that’s just the start. Learn what these assets are, how they’re identified, and how artists get paid!

7 things every musician should do before 2018

Whether December provides you with only a few free moments or gives you all the time in the world, there are a handful of important things you should do as a musician before the end of the year. Take a look at our handy-dandy checklist and take care of this stuff before December ends. You’ll be glad you did.

I hope you had a musically rewarding 2017 and are getting ready for an even better 2018. Also, a big thanks to you for reading this blog and contributing to the conversation by sharing your own experiences. Speaking of…

What were your favorite music-related articles from 2017? It doesn’t have to be from our blog — could be anything that you found useful. Share it in the comments below.

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