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Music distribution: What every artist needs to know

Distributing music is about more than making something available; it’s about making an impact. Whether you’re about to release your first single or you’re a Grammy-winner putting out your 20th studio album, you need distribution for your music, plain and simple. The songs have to move from A to Z, from here to there, from …

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How should you use your email list in between new releases or gigs?

Setting up an automated (and authentic) stream of emails that will interest your fans. Email can be a drag. I write a bit on how to make the most of it here. But in this article, I want to dig in with you. Deep dive style. Let’s start with a simple question: How do you use your …

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How indie musicians can monetize music on Facebook

Facebook music monetization for indie artists: What you need to know! Big news: Facebook has been inking deals with labels, publishers, and other rights administrators in order to properly monetize music usage 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 …

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The Music Modernization Act aims to boost songwriter revenues from interactive streaming

CD Baby supports efforts to improve the way mechanical and performance royalties are calculated. The music industry is a completely different beast than it was when the copyright laws currently governing royalty rates were written. Some of the framework that impacts what you earn as a songwriter doesn’t just pre-date streaming, it pre-dates the widespread …

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Steve Lacy: Making the most of what you have instead of being held back by what you don’t

The 19-year-old nabbed a Grammy nomination, as well as a production credit on the new Kendrick Lamar LP – using only his phone. Steve Lacy spent his early teenage years longing for a laptop he could create music on. A Macbook Pro, specifically. Four years passed – birthdays, Christmas – nothing. When he finally got …

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The REAL “secret” to success most musicians don’t want to hear about

Stop waiting for the miracle. As musicians we spend nearly countless hours creating music, only to cross our fingers and hope our latest-greatest songs will magically meet the ears of new listeners. Or we post Instagram pics with a billion hashtags all day long, because that’s what some social media guru told us to do. …

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What the repeal of Net Neutrality could mean for musicians

What is Net Neutrality? Last week the FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality rules. What is was Net Neutrality? According to Wikipedia: Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached …

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How to stop hyperventilating and crank out better mixes in less time

Mixing tips to help you stay creative AND productive. As a home studio musician, you might find mixing an exhaustingly frustrating aspect of your record-making process. I understand that completely, and that’s why I’m here to help. You see… us mixing engineers find mixing one of the most satisfying aspects of the music production process. …

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“I’m well on my way to paying off my house with streaming revenue”

How one instrumental guitarist is earning significant money from his streams on Spotify and Pandora. The music career of Lance Allen is a true DIY success story. He doesn’t tour. He doesn’t rely on merch sales to pay the mortgage. He isn’t a household name. And yet he’s earning a full-time living in music by …

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A Letter to a Young Marketer

How to formulate an effective music marketing strategy. This post was written by songwriter Gavin Castleton, and it originally appeared on his blog. Hi Jordanna, So you’ve got a new band, new album and big record release party coming up—awesome! Rather than give you a marketing prescription for your exact needs (which is probably what …

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