Monthly Archives January 2019

Want to play live at the DIY Musician Conference in Austin?

3 NIGHTS and 2 STAGES of live music opportunities at a great venue. Do you want to play at a sweet music venue in Austin, Texas? This year the DIY Musician Conference — happening August 16, 17, and 18 — will feature three nights of live music on two separate stages at a great place …

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5 things you’ll get from the DIY Musician Conference

“If you’re serious about being a professional musician, you NEED to attend this conference.” That’s what the duo We Are the Northern Lights said about last year’s DIY Musician Conference. The previous year, the singer-songwriter AHI said “The DIY Musician Conference changed my life.” A few years back, Mike Brindisi of The New York Rock …

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Getting press for your music is harder than ever, and that could be a GOOD thing

With the dwindling power of music press, DIY musicians get to bypass another gatekeeper. A recent Billboard article illustrates how independent music publicists are grappling with a shrinking media landscape. It’s an interesting read with valuable perspectives from music PR experts. The story focuses on the challenges music publicists face: The decreasing value of premieres …

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“If you make a mistake on stage, I don’t need to know about it”

Never show it when you make a mistake on stage.  I don’t particularly care for Gene Simmons. I think KISS, as a band, are really not that good at making music. That being said, you gotta hand it to The Demon: the man knows how to market himself and he knows a thing or two …

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You can now BLOCK artists on Spotify

How you can prevent that band you hate from popping up in your Spotify playlists. A friend and I like to argue about this one band’s music. I think their songs are great. She thinks they’re Satanic Cheez Whiz served on hemlock salad. There’s one lyric in particular she’s convinced are the worst words ever …

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Royalty splits for remixes: How to pay your remixer

How should you compensate a remixer? Music rights management comes down to two questions: Who owns what? Who’s owed what? In many musical collaborations, things like copyright and publishing splits aren’t always cut-and-dry. Who wrote what? What are those contributions worth? What does the law say? What do the collaborators feel is fair? There can …

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Want to lead a session at the DIY Musician Conference in 2019?

Now accepting submissions for seminars at CD Baby’s 5th annual DIY Musician Conference. The DIY Musician Conference is the only music industry event focused exclusively on the needs of independent artists. We’re looking for instructors who’ll help make it an action-packed, action-oriented weekend for the emerging and career musicians that attend. This year we’re hosting …

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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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