Monthly Archives April 2018

What are your musical highs and lows from the past year?

Tell us your BEST and WORST moments from the last year in your music career. I got a really nice message from an artist last week saying that between the articles on this blog and our DIY Musician Conference last year, he got “the push (he) needed to officially launch a music career.” That’s super …

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How to make money from your music on Facebook

Facebook music monetization for indie artists: What you need to know! CD Baby has partnered with Facebook to monetize your music 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 covered: you’ll earn money from all three of those platforms. What do I …

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How being in a band changes your life

The weird and wonderful realities of a life in music. This article is not about how being a member of a band somehow elevates you to a god-like status, nor is it about how you’ll never have to work a normal 9-5 job again, or the copious amounts of sex and drugs you expect you’ll …

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What is the most important Spotify playlist?

For most indies, algorithmic playlists will outperform curated playlists on Spotify. The question above (about which Spotify playlist is MOST important) is a bit of a trick. The answer is: the personalized playlists that Spotify customizes and updates weekly for every individual user. These are “algorithmic playlists” such as: Release Radar Discover Weekly Artists are …

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A quick look back at the DIY Musician Conference EU

CD Baby and Berklee Valencia hosted the first ever DIY Musician Conference in Europe… … and it was a blast. The quality of the seminars, the enthusiasm and talent of the attendees, and the beauty of the setting all exceeded my expectations. A post shared by CD Baby (@cdbabymusic) on Apr 13, 2018 at 4:30am …

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Is it worth advertising on Spotify?

How to promote your music with Spotify ads. This article originally appeared on Passive Promotion. Editor’s note: Currently, Spotify’s Ad Studio is only available in the US, UK, and Canada. I’ve been looking for ways to boost my Spotify streams. What could be better than advertising directly on Spotify with an audio ad? That way …

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How to make a legit music video: advice from Wons Phreely

Creating music videos with big effects, low budgets, and no green screens. Wons Phreely is an Australian-born, LA-based synth-pop artist who’s been getting rave reviews from all over, including KCRW. He also happens to make his own striking music videos. One in particular caught my eye where he sings the whole song as a disembodied …

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Leave ‘em wanting more (instead of wanting you to get off the stage)

We’ve all been at a show or played on a bill where a well-intentioned opening band has taken liberties. Maybe they had a few too many comped drinks before their set; maybe they just got caught up in the moment. But one thing’s for sure: when their allotted time was up and a lone fan …

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3 things every musician should remember, no matter where you are in your career

Don’t wait for the big dreams; WORK for the small victories. I wanted to share a few thoughts I had while in Spain during CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference EU. These thoughts might be common sense, but I think they’re also easy to forget if we get stuck inside our own heads, the stresses of …

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How to promote your album with a podcast

Podcasting as music promotion — including a how-to checklist. Last NAMM, I attended an inspiring talk by Kevin Breuner, the VP of marketing for CD Baby. He talked about successful release strategies in a streaming world for us independent musicians. That talk gave me the confidence I needed to finally implement a CD-release plan I …

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