Monthly Archives January 2018

40% of Grammy wins in 2018 were independent releases

Three Grammy-winning albums distributed by CD Baby! Our friends at A2IM published an article listing all the recent Grammy-winning titles that were released by independent labels, accounting for 36 out of 84 award categories. Depending on your perspective, it might seem strange to recognize Big Machine and Sub Pop as indie (since they’re almost household …

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How to prepare your next single or album for a successful release (The DIY Musician Live)

Don’t rush. Do your music distribution and promotion right! Whether you’re planning to release a single, an EP, or a full-length album, you’ve only got one chance to introduce that new music to the world. In the mad-dash to share your new tracks, it’s easy to overlook or fumble crucial elements of a successful release. …

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Why YouTube’s channel-monetization changes won’t affect you… MUCH

You may have heard that YouTube will soon be tightening its Partner Program guidelines for monetizing videos. This news might’ve scared or frustrated you. I’m going to try to put those fears and frustrations to rest. First, what’s changing about YouTube’s monetization rules? As of February 20th, channels included in the Partner Program must have: …

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44% increase in mechanical royalty rates for streams in the USA

Songwriters win a big victory: The royalty rate for interactive streams will rise by 44% over the next five years. Right now streaming services pay about 10.5% of their revenue to songwriters for the usage of composition copyrights (the right to the underlying songs, as opposed to specific master recordings of those songs). The Copyright …

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CD Baby turns 20 and goes back to its ORIGINAL pricing!

We’re celebrating CD Baby’s 20th anniversary with a return to our original music distribution price from 1998. Hard to believe, but it’s been 20 years since CD Baby revolutionized the independent music industry by giving DIY artists their first chance to reach a worldwide audience on their own terms. Since our founding we’ve knocked down the barriers …

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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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