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Becoming a full-time musician: How one artist took the leap

Going pro. Quitting the day job. Taking the plunge. Living the dream. A year ago, Laini Marenick (of the band Laini and the Wildfire) quit her day job and became a professional musician. Like the first year of any new business endeavor, there were many ups and downs. Laini was kind enough to answer questions …

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Three ways you should THINK DIFFERENTLY about releasing your music

How independent artists can take advantage of new paradigms in the music biz. Many musicians today are stuck with 20th-century habits, sweating over ten songs for two years, releasing an album, touring it for another year. Repeat. That’s understandable. It’s the way things got done forever, and many major label artists are still releasing and …

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Email Automation: The Basic Stuff Musicians Need To Know

Why you should automate emails so your music fans are taken on a journey. SUBMIT YOUR AUTOMATED EMAILS FOR CRITIQUE! On Wednesday, September 19th at 2pm EST, Cheryl B. Engelhardt and CD Baby’s Chris Robley will be discussing email for musicians live on Facebook, and they want to take a look at YOUR automated emails …

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The three components of Lean Music Methodology, a smarter way to move your music career forward

The following excerpt from my new book Hacking Music: The Music Business Model Canvas delves into the concept of Lean Music Methodology, an accelerated process by which an artist tests how audiences might react to something the artist creates. This methodology helps artists learn and grow much more quickly than they would without it. To …

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LAST CHANCE: $35 standard album distribution ends September 13!

Time is running out to save big on worldwide music distribution. Earlier this year, as a way of celebrating our 20th anniversary, we returned to our original 1998 prices. That deal is soon drawing to a close. Through September 13, 2018, you can still get $35 Standard album distribution from CD Baby by using the …

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The DIY Musician Conference 2018 at a glance: Musicians helping musicians

A quick recap of three amazing days in Nashville with the DIY musician community. The DIY Musician Conference — which happened between August 24-26 in Nashville, Tennessee — is an impossible event to summarize, but I’ll try all the same: Dozens of educational sessions over three days Easy networking with top music brands such as …

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You’re not ready for a music manager. But how about an accountability team?

Why daydreaming about someone ELSE handling your career tomorrow could be holding you back from succeeding today. Okay, I don’t know for a fact that you’re not ready for a manager. I needed a catchy headline. But most musicians aren’t ready; that IS a fact. A manager gets paid 10-20% of what you make in …

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Get your songwriting splits right, or you might not get paid at all

Why accurate songwriting splits are crucial when paying music publishing royalties. Our friends at ASCAP just made a fun little animated video that explains why it’s so important to get all your co-songwriting splits in writing as soon as you finish a song — and why those splits better add up to 100%!!! The video …

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Watch full sessions from the 2018 DIY Musician Conference

Fifteen sessions from the main stage of our 2018 DIY Musician Conference are viewable now. Didn’t make it to the DIY Musician Conference? Didn’t catch the livestreams? No problem: Check out this YouTube playlist where we’ve archived a bunch of sessions that happened on the ballroom stage at the Omni in Nashville, TN. Take notes. …

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CD Baby Publishing reaches 1,000,000 songs!

We’re now helping 160,000 songwriters in over 50 countries collect all the publishing royalties they’re owed worldwide. CD Baby Publishing reached a big milestone recently: ONE MILLION SONGS. That’s how many compositions we’re administering the publishing rights for on behalf of +160k songwriters around the world. Music Business Worldwide covered the news, saying: To put …

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