Feb 24, 2015

Save on registration for the 2015 ASCAP EXPO

The 10th ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is happening April 30th through May 2nd, 2015 in Los Angeles at the Loews Hollywood Hotel — and CD Baby has partnered with ASCAP to get you a discount on registration.
Enter promo code CDBABY.
The Discount […]

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Feb 24, 2015

CD Baby Pro’s publishing catalog quadruples in 2014

Indie artists unlock new revenue streams never before available to them

Our rights management service for songwriters—known as CD Baby Pro—had a huge year of growth in 2014. The service now represents over 54,000 writers and administers over 246,000 songs. The catalog […]

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Feb 24, 2015

The #1 reason you should NEVER pay for likes, fans, views, or subscribes

When MySpace was the dominant social media platform for independent musicians (remember George W. Bush’s second term?), people got obsessed with numbers. How many friends do you have? How many times have your songs been played?
The higher the number, the more legit you seemed. Labels […]

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Feb 24, 2015

Protecting your music through copyright, trademark, and more

[This article was written by Yannick Ilunga. It originally appeared on The Jazz Spotlight.]
The Internet is a key component of today’s music industry. Social media, websites, email lists, platforms for music promotion… music has been strongly impacted by the web, in a good way.
At the […]

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Feb 17, 2015

Booking your first gig

[This post was written by Steve Rennie, a manager who has worked with the multi-platinum rock band Incubus for the last 17 years.]
For most artists that are just starting out, the ugly reality of booking shows is that someone in the band will need to do […]

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Feb 16, 2015

Can you outsource/crowdsource creativity? Collaboration vs. The Lone Artist

At last week’s Grammy Awards, Kanye West (once again) stepped onstage in mock-protest over the fact that Beyoncé didn’t win Album of the Year. Beck did — for his somber, atmospheric folk album Morning Phase.
In an interview after the ceremony, Kanye said: &#8220 […]

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Feb 12, 2015

Every #TBT, check out CD Baby’s “From the Crates”

Every Thursday, a member of the CD Baby team goes deep into our warehouse to highlight an oldie-but-goodie “from the crates.”
CD Baby sells music from more than a quarter million artists in over 600 genres from around the world, so you […]

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Feb 12, 2015

A letter to a young lyricist, from Gavin Castleton

[This post, written by Gavin Castleton, is part of a series of letters from established artists (including Gretchen Peters and Mary Gauthier) to young musicians — and it originally appeared on his blog The Great Consolidation. Gavin Castleton is a performing songwriter and music producer whose work spans multiple […]

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Feb 10, 2015

Time to stop marketing your music on social media?

Why social media marketing isn’t the answer for indie musicians

[This article was written by Eric Eckhart, an American indie singer-songwriter and producer based in Berlin, Germany.] 
I’ve been part of the DIY musical community for nearly 10 […]

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Feb 9, 2015

Got a cool photo of your band we can use on our website?

Between cdbaby.com (our music store), members.cdbaby.com (the site for musicians looking for information about CD Baby), and this DIY Musician Blog, we’ve got a lot of places to feature awesome photos of the artists who use our services — like the one to the […]

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