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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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5 myths about being a musician with a “day” job

Hello, I’m a professional HR Advisor… … .and a #1 Billboard Recording Artist. So you’re a musician with a full-time job? If ONLY you had all day to focus on your craft… If ONLY you could do music full-time…then… … THEN you would be able to write and release that hit song, or get your …

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Why you can’t afford to get your music metadata wrong

What is music metadata? Metadata is “data about data” — information about information. In the digital music world, it’s the data that accompanies your songs and albums. Today there are (at least) two GIANT reasons why you need to have COMPLETE and CORRECT metadata for all your music online. First, metadata helps build a digital …

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7 ways to sell more “merch” at your gigs

Do you sell stuff at your gigs? Me too. After experiencing a slump in sales over the last few years, I’ve recently changed my “pitch” a bit and added a few more items to the table, and things are looking . . . Up! I thought I’d share what I’ve been doing, and I’d love to …

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Behind an all-star Americana collaboration (Mark Erelli interview)

How a “largely unknown independent folksinger” partnered with Sheryl Crow, Rosanne Cash, Josh Ritter, Anaïs Mitchell, and Lori McKenna on his new single. It’s funny to hear Mark Erelli describe himself as “largely unknown,” since I’ve admired his songwriting and singing for years. But I suppose all things are measured on a scale, and weighed against …

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CD Baby client Cienfue appears in the latest installment of The Game Plan

Spotify’s instructional video series features independent artist Cienfue. CD Baby is happy to see one of the artists we distribute, Cienfue, appear alongside Sheryl Crow and Matt & Kim to talk about music royalties in the latest video from Spotify’s The Game Plan series. Check it out above, and get a quick look at the …

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12 ways to make the most money from your music this holiday season

The 12 ways of Christmas (music promotion). Can you believe it? The holidays are almost upon us, which is good news for your music. 20% of industry-wide music sales take place in the last six weeks of the year, and 30% of all sales on CD Baby happen during that same period. Get prepped now …

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The five things you MUST bring to your next music conference

When you make the decision to attend a music conference, it’s a commitment. Here’s how to get the most of it. If you’re serious about your music, you know you’re going to spend some combination of time, money, and effort (probably lots of all three) whenever you attend a music conference. You’re there to take …

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How I got on official Spotify playlists as an unknown independent musician…

… using only smart marketing, Show.co, and zero money. I am an independent songwriter from Halifax, NS and the front man of folk-pop band Braden Lam & The Driftwood People. I have been singing since I could talk and playing guitar since I could walk — but in the eyes of the world, I’m still …

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NPR’s Bob Boilen premieres Jilian Linklater’s new single on All Songs Considered after hearing her at the DIY Musician Conference

DIY Musician Conference attendees get a chance to have their music heard by music supervisors, producers, and music journalists. At 2017’s DIY Musician Conference, Bob Boilen (of All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk notoriety) was really moved by the music of AHI, a soulful singer-songwriter who’d traveled to Nashville from Canada to attend the event. …

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