Aug 3, 2015

It all starts with a song: 10 strategies for releasing a single

There’s a lot more to releasing a single than just throwing it up on SoundCloud or Bandcamp. And I’m not talking about distribution — though, ya know, (plug) you should totally get your latest single onto Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and more.
Global music […]

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Jul 30, 2015

Hotel Guide — DIY Musician Conference 2015

A list of Chicago hotel options within walking distance of the DIY Musician Conference

CD Baby’s 1st ever DIY Musician Conference will be happening October 23-25 at Chicago’s historic Congress Plaza Hotel — and though that probably feels like […]

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Jul 29, 2015

The DIY Musician Conference, designed exclusively for the independent musician

The music conference built for you

CD Baby’s first ever DIY Musician Conference is happening this fall in Chicago. The event, which is geared specifically towards your needs as an independent artist, will take place at downtown Chicago’s historic Congress […]

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Jul 28, 2015

DIY touring tips: planning, launching, and rocking your next tour

This is a pretty fantastic video series (and YouTube playlist) from SoundFly all about touring as as DIY musician.
It addresses everything from the reasons for touring, the costs, how to find the right venues for you, how to route your tour itinerary, contacting talent buyers […]

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Jul 24, 2015

Mac Lethal sets an aspiring rapper straight: “the least you can do is not think I got where I’m at by sitting on my ass.”

Kansas City rapper Mac Lethal has paid his dues. You might know him as the fast rapper dude from YouTube, but Mac’s been doing this for years. He took first place at the legendary Scribble Jam in 2002, the same year he released his debut album, and […]

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Jul 23, 2015

Post-album rollout: 5 tactics for ensuring your music has a long-term impact

[This article was written by Eric Bernsen, and it originally appeared on the Sonicbids Blog.]
With months and sometimes even years going into the creation of a new body of work, it’s an understood expectation that artists put together some sort of marketing plan in anticipation of […]

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Jul 21, 2015

Tips for touring Europe as a musician: a few things I’ve learned from 8 years performing internationally

[This article was written by guest contributor Stephen Simmons, an award-winning Americana songwriter who has toured extensively in Europe, and whose music has appeared on television shows such as Sons of Anarchy.]
One of the biggest questions I get asked from fellow artists is about playing Europe […]

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Jul 20, 2015

4 reasons you should hire a professional mixing engineer

[This guest post was written by Shachar Gilad, Founder of SoundBetter, a curated marketplace for music producers, mixing and mastering engineers, and session singers and players. He is a musician and a producer. Before SoundBetter, Shachar worked on tools for musicians and producers at Waves Audio and Apple […]

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Jul 16, 2015

How to keep the momentum going in your songwriting career

This article was written by Dave Kusek, founder of the New Artist Model, an online music business school for independent musicians, performers, recording artists, producers, managers, and songwriters. He is also the founder of Berklee Online, co-author of The Future of Music book, and a member of […]

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Jul 14, 2015

10 things you’ll learn at the DIY Musician Conference

CD Baby’s first-ever DIY Musician Conference is really taking shape.
Unlike many music industry events, this one is centered entirely around YOUR needs as an independent musician, and it’s all happening this October 23-25 in Chicago…
… but our early-bird price of […]

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