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Ready to launch your next music project? Do these 4 things FIRST

The right way to plan for your next album, single, or video release. Chances are you have a big music project you’re working on now, right? Maybe it’s as small as a new song, or as grand as a full-production music video with a team of 100 people backing you up. No matter how big …

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So you got on a playlist. Now what?

7 simple ways of turning a current playlist placement into longer-term streaming activity. Yes, you want to get your songs onto playlists. But once you’ve landed a placement, it’s important not to fumble the opportunity. Being discovered by followers of a playlist is not the entire end-game. You also want to use a playlist placement: …

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10 things you should do as soon as you sign up new music for distribution

Getting the most from your music distribution. There’s more to getting your music out there than simply pressing the “finalize” button in your CD Baby dashboard. And there’s a big difference between releasing a new song or album and having that music actually make an impact. Here are ten things you should do as soon …

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What are your musical highs and lows from the past year?

Tell us your BEST and WORST moments from the last year in your music career. I got a really nice message from an artist last week saying that between the articles on this blog and our DIY Musician Conference last year, he got “the push (he) needed to officially launch a music career.” That’s super …

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How to make money from your music on Facebook

Facebook music monetization for indie artists: What you need to know! CD Baby has partnered with Facebook to monetize your music across the still-dominant social media platform, plus Instagram and Oculus. If you’re an independent artist, label, or songwriter, CD Baby has got you covered: you’ll earn money from all three of those platforms. What do I …

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How being in a band changes your life

The weird and wonderful realities of a life in music. This article is not about how being a member of a band somehow elevates you to a god-like status, nor is it about how you’ll never have to work a normal 9-5 job again, or the copious amounts of sex and drugs you expect you’ll …

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A quick look back at the DIY Musician Conference EU

CD Baby and Berklee Valencia hosted the first ever DIY Musician Conference in Europe… … and it was a blast. The quality of the seminars, the enthusiasm and talent of the attendees, and the beauty of the setting all exceeded my expectations. A post shared by CD Baby (@cdbabymusic) on Apr 13, 2018 at 4:30am …

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Is it worth advertising on Spotify?

How to promote your music with Spotify ads. This article originally appeared on Passive Promotion. Editor’s note: Currently, Spotify’s Ad Studio is only available in the US, UK, and Canada. I’ve been looking for ways to boost my Spotify streams. What could be better than advertising directly on Spotify with an audio ad? That way …

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How to make a legit music video: advice from Wons Phreely

Creating music videos with big effects, low budgets, and no green screens. Wons Phreely is an Australian-born, LA-based synth-pop artist who’s been getting rave reviews from all over, including KCRW. He also happens to make his own striking music videos. One in particular caught my eye where he sings the whole song as a disembodied …

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How to promote your album with a podcast

Podcasting as music promotion — including a how-to checklist. Last NAMM, I attended an inspiring talk by Kevin Breuner, the VP of marketing for CD Baby. He talked about successful release strategies in a streaming world for us independent musicians. That talk gave me the confidence I needed to finally implement a CD-release plan I …

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