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Why blogging is still one of the most powerful music promotion tools

A blog allows you to demonstrate expertise, reach new audiences, boost your website’s search rankings, and stretch your writing muscles. As a musician, creating a blog may not be on the top of your priority list. But a blog can actually be an incredibly powerful tool in your promotional mix! Let’s take a look at …

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Does my producer deserve publishing and songwriting credit?

How to compensate your producer or beatmaker. If you create original music and haven’t signed your publishing rights away, YOU are your own publisher and YOU own your publishing. You are owed publishing royalties for the usage of your composition — the “composition” being the structural elements (melody and lyrics) that underlie any particular recording …

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Who owns your music publishing rights and how does the money get split?

Your music publishing rights and you: What you own and who owes you royalties. If you’re a songwriter, a composer, a lyricist, or anyone else who creates original music, and you’ve not signed a deal with a music publishing company — YOU own your music publishing rights! What are your music publishing rights exactly? Well, …

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How I raised $40k through my email list (with less than 2000 subscribers on it)

Changing the “starving musician” mindset when it comes to your email list. The first time someone (who didn’t share my last name) contributed to my record-funding campaign, I was floored. And then I got serious anxiety. That’s actually pretty normal for me and HERE is how I handle it. Truthfully, I was terrified – people were actually …

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20 years of changing the game

The music industry has changed a lot in the last two decades. So has CD Baby. And we’re not slowing down. When CD Baby began, major-label industry types were still calling most of the shots in the music biz. Twenty years later, artists are building careers on their own terms, and CD Baby is paying …

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New monetization features for mid-sized YouTube channels

Three new ways to get more from your YouTube channel. The big news at VidCon this year: YouTube announced three new features that will help channels with active subscribers make more money and drive more video engagement. 1. Merch sales Any US-based channel with more than 10k subscribers can start selling merch to their fans …

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Get 13 months of web hosting AND unlimited music distribution for $149

HostBaby’s Summer Sale is all about getting $260 worth of website hosting for $149 and releasing UNLIMITED music while you’re at it. HostBaby’s Summer Sale has arrived‚ and you don’t want to miss your chance to get a year of website hosting for way below our normal price. Savings for both new and existing HostBaby …

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“10 data points every musician should check daily” (The DIY Musician Live)

Navigating the numbers and dashboards that will have an impact on your music’s reach. We’re musicians, not data analysts. But making a daily or (at least) weekly habit of checking data can help your music reach a bigger audience. Which analytics matter most? Where can you find that info? And what should you do with …

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Do a “pre-add” (pre-save) for your new album on Apple Music

Apple Music now has the equivalent of pre-saves, and CD Baby will help you easily launch a “pre-add” campaign! Apple Music recently announced a pre-save feature (which they’re calling “pre-add”). They say: Any album that is available for pre-order in iTunes with at least one instant gratification track will be available to listeners to pre-add …

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Turn your older music catalog into “evergreen” content

Your old music is always new to somebody! I’ve probably written the above statement a dozen times on this blog. There are billions of people on the planet, and most of them have never heard your songs. That can either be a big disappointment or a huge opportunity, depending on how you look at it. …

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