Monthly Archives January 2018

Music distribution: What every artist needs to know

Distributing music is about more than making something available; it’s about making an impact. Whether you’re about to release your first single or you’re a Grammy-winner putting out your 20th studio album, you need distribution for your music, plain and simple. The songs have to move from A to Z, from here to there, from …

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How should you use your email list in between new releases or gigs?

Setting up an automated (and authentic) stream of emails that will interest your fans. Email can be a drag. I write a bit on how to make the most of it here. But in this article, I want to dig in with you. Deep dive style. Let’s start with a simple question: How do you use your …

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How indie musicians can monetize music on Facebook

Facebook music monetization for indie artists: What you need to know! Big news: Facebook has been inking deals with labels, publishers, and other rights administrators in order to properly monetize music usage across the still-dominant social media platform, plus Instagram and Oculus. If you’re an independent artist, label, or songwriter, CD Baby  has got you …

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CD Baby artist AHI does not disappoint with his Tiny Desk Concert

Last summer at CD Baby’s third annual DIY Musician Conference in Nashville, an Ontario-based songwriter named AHI (pronounce “eye”) took advantage of as many opportunities as he could, first submitting his music to the song-pitch session, then signing up to record a performance for the YouTube Nashville Sessions, and lastly showcasing at The Cannery on …

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How to find the contact information for Spotify playlist curators

The simple 4-step process for identifying and contacting playlisters. A single song placement on a big Spotify playlist can drive huge streaming activity, earn you significant revenue, and change your career. Which is why every artist, manager, label, publicist, and streaming promoter wants to pitch something to these prominent playlist curators. It’s no wonder they …

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The Music Modernization Act aims to boost songwriter revenues from interactive streaming

CD Baby supports efforts to improve the way mechanical and performance royalties are calculated. The music industry is a completely different beast than it was when the copyright laws currently governing royalty rates were written. Some of the framework that impacts what you earn as a songwriter doesn’t just pre-date streaming, it pre-dates the widespread …

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This independent pianist saw 11 million Pandora spins in the week leading up to Christmas

Michele McLaughlin makes her living from Pandora plays, and gets a nice Christmas bonus! You may remember Michele McLaughlin from my interview with her in 2017. She’s a pianist and composer who records her own music, distributes those releases through CD Baby, owns both the master and publishing rights, and earns the bulk of her …

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Steve Lacy: Making the most of what you have instead of being held back by what you don’t

The 19-year-old nabbed a Grammy nomination, as well as a production credit on the new Kendrick Lamar LP – using only his phone. Steve Lacy spent his early teenage years longing for a laptop he could create music on. A Macbook Pro, specifically. Four years passed – birthdays, Christmas – nothing. When he finally got …

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3 reasons you haven’t gotten off your ass and taken action

Maybe you’re reading this sitting at your desk in between checking Facebook statuses and heart-ing photos on Instagram. Maybe you haven’t worked on that new song, or written that screenplay because you can’t seem to find the time. Maybe you haven’t even gotten to this sentence because your attention has already been captured by another blinking …

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The REAL “secret” to success most musicians don’t want to hear about

Stop waiting for the miracle. As musicians we spend nearly countless hours creating music, only to cross our fingers and hope our latest-greatest songs will magically meet the ears of new listeners. Or we post Instagram pics with a billion hashtags all day long, because that’s what some social media guru told us to do. …

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