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The top 10 articles for DIY musicians in 2019

Catch up on our most popular music tips this year. It’s almost a new DECADE! First, where does the time go? Second, what kind of amazing things are you going to do with your music in the 2020s?! Hopefully you’re gearing up to hit the ground running in the new year, but before we look …

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11 things to do once you book the show

11 Things to Do Once You Book the Show Pg. 269   This is an excerpt from Ari Herstand’s book How to Make It in the New Music Business (second edition). Congratulations! You just secured a date at your dream venue. You locked it in. Negotiated, signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours! Ok, but your work …

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Music Publishing Explained

What is music publishing? Music publishing is the exploitation of a song’s composition copyright. The composition of a song is the lyrics and melody as written by one or more songwriters. This is an important distinction to make between the two types of copyright we covered in our Copyright 101 guide: the difference between the …

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All the ways to make money from your recordings

How do I earn money from my sound recordings? Making money from your sound recording involves the exploitation of that copyright. But what is your copyright?  As we covered in our Copyright 101 article, copyright signifies the ownership of intellectual property by a person or group. In the case of a sound recording specifically, if …

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What to do before you release your music

You’re an independent artist who has recorded new music. You’re ready to get your tunes out to the world, but you don’t know what to expect from the wide world of digital distribution. Where do you start? What do you need? CD Baby is here to help. Whether you’re a brand new artist releasing music …

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Insights and takeaways from today’s music biopics

What can we learn from movies about famous musicians? It’s no secret that music biopics are on the rise. Nostalgia, the potential for renewed fame, and box office earnings have all contributed to their popularity in recent years. Though these big-budget films offer much in the way of glamour and fantasy, their growing presence has …

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How this artist grew to 500,000 monthly listeners on Spotify without playlists

This is an excerpt from Ari Herstand’s book How to Make It in the New Music Business (second edition). Three years ago the northern Virginia conscious hip hop artist Lucidious was struggling to get listeners to his music. He had about 150 monthly listeners on Spotify (no I didn’t forget a zero) with merely 45 …

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Livestream on Twitch to grow your fanbase

How musicians can use Twitch to build an audience. In all my years advising digital music companies on what they should do with their services and how to grow them (let’s just say I’ve seen every idea come and go at least twice), I’ve never seen anything as effective as livestreaming when it comes to …

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What is music mastering and why do I need it?

What is music mastering? Music mastering is the final step in the recording process. During mastering, additional audio treatments are applied to your mix to correct problem frequencies and enhance the musicality of your track.  Since magnetic tape replaced straight-to-lathe cutting in the late 1940s, audio mastering has become its own artform. But many in …

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29 ways to market your music right now

Right now CD Baby’s Standard Album Distribution is just $29. To celebrate, we came up with this list of… … quick ways to promote your new music today. Make a lyric video. Create a playlist of artists who influenced the new album or single. Pin the release as your Artist’s Pick on Spotify. Do a …

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