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CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux Knows What it Means to Do It Yourself

When Tracy Maddux—a passionate fan of live music—joined CD Baby, he decided he needed to see a show by each of the new employees he worked with. Nearly everyone at CD Baby plays music. It meant ...

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  • 04/28/201704/28/2017

CD Baby Brings DIY Musician Conference to Nashville for First Time this Summer

CD Baby Brings DIY Musician Conference to Nashville for First Time this Summer

CD Baby will bring the DIY Musician Conference to Nashville August 24-27, 2017. It will turn Music City into a temporary hub for one of the most dynamic parts of the music business: the indie music scene, the musicians of all backgrounds and styles who shape their own careers, on their own terms.

The conference is the largest event dedicated to musicians of any genre who share a common professional approach. Last...

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04/28/2017, CD Baby Brings DIY Musician Conference to Nashville for First Time this Summer
04/28/201704/28/2017, CD Baby Brings DIY Musician Conference to Nashville for First Time this Summer
Announcement
04/28/2017
Announcement
04/28/2017
CD Baby will bring the DIY Musician Conference to Nashville August 24-27, 2017. It will turn Music City into a temporary hub for one of the most dynamic parts of the music business: the indie music scene, the musicians of all backgrounds and styles who shape their own careers, on their own terms. MORE» More»

CD Baby Brings DIY Musician Conference to Nashville for First Time this Summer

CD Baby will bring the DIY Musician Conference to Nashville August 24-27, 2017. It will turn Music City into a temporary hub for one of the most dynamic parts of the music business: the indie music scene, the musicians of all backgrounds and styles who shape their own careers, on their own terms.

The conference is the largest event dedicated to musicians of any genre who share a common professional approach. Last year’s meeting in Chicago attracted artists from 44 different states and 15 different countries.

“Independent musicians and small boutique labels are one of the fastest growing segments of the market, and they share a lot of concerns,” explains CD Baby’s Kevin Breuner. “No matter what kind of music you make, no matter where you are in your career, you need similar advice and support, and we program the conference in direct response to the questions and concerns we hear from musicians.”

CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference

www.diymusiciancon.com

Omni Nashville

August 25-27, 2017

Sponsored by GigSalad, Berklee Online, Kickstarter, Royalty Exchange, Stashimi, and Brooks Pierce

DIY Musician Conference insists on providing strong, actionable advice that artists can start applying immediately. Going beyond the talking-head panel, DIY offers artists everything from press photo and live show makeovers (thanks to experienced photographer Becky Yee and live performance guru Tom Jackson), to legal clinics led by the music law specialists at Brooks Pierce.

Experts will present deep dives into how to manage touring, publishing, and promotion in efficient and authentic ways. Other topics include how to use Spotify and Facebook Live to maximize income, how to grow audiences via social media and platforms like SoundCloud, and how to make the most of performance opportunities on the house concert circuit.

There will also be ample opportunity to learn from artists who succeeded in creating sustainable careers. This year’s keynote address will be given by Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier, who turned a renegade, raw artistic vision into a successful career, using her own approach and resources. Gautier, who wrote her first song at 39, has gained a large audience, while insisting on owning her career and building a team around her.

Artists will also have a chance to exchange ideas and relax together, thanks to several jam rooms and evenings filled with showcases, all downtown. The conference’s move to Nashville was about bringing one of America’s most musical cities into the mix, with its unique blend of business acumen and creativity. “Nashville’s energy will add another dimension to the conference,” says Breuner. “Our evening showcases, which we’ve expanded this year, will really highlight the diverse community of musicians that make up the indie world.”

About CD Baby

CD Baby is one of the largest distributors of independent music on the planet, home to almost 650,000 artists and more than 7 million tracks, getting independent music to more than 100 digital services and platforms around the globe and allowing artists to monetize their presence on YouTube. Artists using the CD Baby platform have earned more than $500 million since its founding. Its Publishing Administration service, CD Baby Pro, allows over 100,000 songwriters/artists to collect all of their publishing royalties.

CD Baby has become the go-to partner for many icons in the new music industry. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Twenty One Pilots, and Macklemore had their start on CD Baby, while others like Ingrid Michaelson and Gregory Alan Isakov have maintained independent and highly successful careers. Artists like Rooney are among the musicians who’ve dropped the old label system and turned to CD Baby to strike out on their own.

 

 

 

 

Announcement
04/28/2017

03/16/2017, From Streams to Super-fans: CD Baby Provides Major-Label Marketing Tools to All its Artists--For Free
03/16/201703/16/2017, From Streams to Super-fans: CD Baby Provides Major-Label Marketing Tools to All its Artists--For Free
Announcement
03/16/2017
Announcement
03/16/2017
Indie artists now have more marketing muscle. CD Baby, the leading indie music distribution and royalty administration service, is integrating the music marketing services of its latest acquisition, Show.co into its artist dashboard. MORE» More»

Indie artists now have more marketing muscle. CD Baby, the leading indie music distribution and royalty administration service, is integrating the music marketing services of its latest acquisition, Show.co into its artist dashboard. This will give CD Baby’s entire community of musicians and labels access to a powerful array of promotional tools that can bolster their popularity on streaming services and engage larger social media followings.

“Show.co has become a key marketing tool for major label artists, so we know CD Baby artists are going to be excited about free access to this service." says Kevin Breuner, VP of Marketing at CD Baby. “It’s designed to let artists and labels leverage just one piece of content on Show.co to drive specific actions from fans.”

In the hands of each CD Baby artist, Show.co can launch numerous campaigns intended to drive audience growth and list building, promote new music and videos, and more. These calls-to-action can include subscribing to a YouTube channel, engaging in a contest, or following on Twitter or Spotify. Artists also have the opportunity to trade music singles for a fan’s email address. Once the fan submits their email address, their city and country are also automatically collected, providing valuable information for marketing efforts such as tour promotion.

“Show.co provides an amazing direct-connect for our artists and their fans,” says Breuner. “Indie musicians can not only build their email lists, but also track what platforms their fans are using to consume their music, thus guiding the artist on what music streaming and video services to focus on.”

Show.co had quietly attracted the attention of major labels (Universal) and big indies (Rounder, Nettwerk), as well as others. But since the acquisition by CD Baby, 650,000 artists will be able use the service to share content and collect important data. For artists and labels who do not use CD Baby, Show.co’s marketing services cost up to $119 per month. But for all CD Baby users, the powerful marketing tool will be free in the coming months.

“More than 6,000 labels and artists have already used Show.co’s services, so we know it works,” says Breuner. “We are really proud to offer this to our artists as a part of their already comprehensive toolbox.”
 

About CD Baby

CD Baby is one of the largest distributors of independent music on the planet, home to almost 650,000 artists and more than 7 million tracks, getting independent music to more than 100 digital services and platforms around the globe and allowing artists to monetize their presence on YouTube. Artists using the CD Baby platform have earned more than $500 million since its founding and its Publishing Administration service, CD Baby Pro, allows over 100,000 songwriters/artists to collect all of their publishing royalties.

CD Baby has become the go-to partner for many icons in the new music industry. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Twenty One Pilots, and Macklemore had their start on CD Baby, while others like Ingrid Michaelson and Gregory Alan Isakov have maintained independent and highly successful careers. Artists like Rooney are among the musicians who’ve dropped the old label system and turned to CD Baby to strike out on their own.

Announcement
03/16/2017

12/14/2016, Armed with Fan Data: CD Baby Empowers Indie Musicians with New Analytics and Trending Dashboard
12/14/201612/14/2016, Armed with Fan Data: CD Baby Empowers Indie Musicians with New Analytics and Trending Dashboard
Announcement
12/14/2016
Announcement
12/14/2016
The fans are out there. Their clicks and taps can make a musician’s career. But how are fans listening? And where do they live? These questions stand between indie artists and substantial career development and revenue. CD Baby helps answer these questions with a new data analytics tool that’s been over a year in the making. MORE» More»

The fans are out there. Their clicks and taps can make a musician’s career. But how are fans listening? And where do they live? These questions stand between indie artists and substantial career development and revenue. CD Baby helps answer these questions with a new data analytics tool that’s been over a year in the making.

In addition to physical and digital distribution, as well as streaming and licensing opportunities, thousands of CD Baby artists now have access to a Trending and Analytics dashboard. The new tool provides interactive data reports of geographic heat maps of countries, states, and cities where an artist’s music is most widely streamed and downloaded.

“This knowledge gives our musicians a vital guide of not only where to tour, but where to market their tracks and albums via targeted social media promotion,” says Kevin Breuner, CD Baby VP of Marketing.

With the new Trending and Analytics tool, artists can also observe trends in how their fans are listening, whether through Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes or other streaming services. Within streaming services, artists can also find out which tracks are most popular as well as the most popular playlists that have boosted their track plays. Data is also broken down to show preferences for desktop, mobile, or tablet listening.

Digesting this influx of data turns out to be an immense undertaking. “We often receive up to 14 million lines of data in one night from Spotify alone and trends in this data changes constantly.” says Erica Sinkovic, CD Baby Manager of Product Development. “Now artists can observe these changes on a daily basis.”

“Our new analytics features are the next logical step in our expansion of our CD Baby Pro artist dashboard,” explains Kevin Breuner, CD Baby’s VP of Marketing. “We’re working to become a truly one-stop shop, where artists who have been historically shut out of entire sides of the business can gain access to real income and vital information.”


About CD Baby:

CD Baby is one of the largest distributors of independent music on the planet, home to more than 400,000 artists. The CD Baby catalog makes up an estimated 17 per cent of iTunes track offerings. With a one-stop professional dashboard allowing indie musicians to manage their royalties and licensing, CD Baby has become the go-to partner for many icons in the new music industry. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Macklemore had their start on CD Baby, while others like Ingrid Michaelson and Gregory Alan Isakov have maintained independent and highly successful careers. Greg Brown, Willis Earl Beale, and Grant Lee Phillips are among musicians who’ve dropped the old label system and turned to CD Baby to strike out on their own.

 
Announcement
12/14/2016

11/23/2016, CD Baby Announces Acquisition of Show.co and Related Assets
11/23/201611/23/2016, CD Baby Announces Acquisition of Show.co and Related Assets
Announcement
11/23/2016
Announcement
11/23/2016
CD Baby, the leading distribution and royalty administration destination for independent artists, has acquired Show.co, the digital music marketing platform and Soundrop, once the most popular playlisting and social listening app for Spotify. MORE» More»

CD Baby, the leading distribution and royalty administration destination for independent artists, has acquired Show.co, the digital music marketing platform and Soundrop, once the most popular playlisting and social listening app for Spotify.

“We’re excited to continue Show.co’s powerful marketing tools for musicians,” explains Kevin Breuner, VP of Marketing at CD Baby. “It’s another set of tools we can offer to the independent musicians we have worked to support and encourage for years.”

More than 5,000 labels and artists use Show.co to share content and collect important data that strengthens their connection to their fans. The Portland, OR-based firm plans no changes to Show.co’s services.

In addition to continuing Show.co’s offerings, CD Baby plans to revamp Soundrop, which went dormant after Spotify shifted its third-party app strategy. Soundrop will become the new springboard for artists looking for an alternative distribution approach, one that favors constant creation and single-first strategies. The revived Soundrop will be the new home for many Loudr artists, the distribution service CD Baby acquired earlier this year.

“We are very happy to see a new home for Show.co and a new future for the Soundrop brand,” says Jørn Haanæs, Soundrop’s former CEO. “Soundrop and Show.co were both about helping artists connect with their fans. To finally see the last part of our original vision take effect is wonderful.  Entering into music distribution was always the dream, as that’s the ultimate fan connection, now it’s soon to be the reality.”

It’s all part of CD Baby’s ongoing efforts to put artists’ needs first and to find the right tools and services to support their careers. “We see this as another high-caliber way to serve musicians and give them the best of what’s out there,” concludes Breuner. “For existing Show.co customers, it will be business as usual.”

About CD Baby

CD Baby is one of the largest distributors of independent music on the planet, home to almost 500,000 artists and 7 million tracks, getting independent music to more than 100 digital services and platforms around the globe and allowing artists to monetize their presence on YouTube. Its one-stop professional dashboard, CD Baby Pro, allows indie musicians to collect all of their publishing royalties. CD Baby Pro administers the publishing rights of more than 500,000 songs for 100,000 songwriters.

CD Baby has become the go-to partner for many icons in the new music industry. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Macklemore had their start on CD Baby, while others like Ingrid Michaelson and Gregory Alan Isakov have maintained independent and highly successful careers. Greg Brown and Rooney are among musicians who’ve dropped the old label system and turned to CD Baby to strike out on their own.

Announcement
11/23/2016

11/17/2016, CD Baby Hires Industry Veteran Jon Bahr as Vice President of Music Publishing and Rights Management
11/17/201611/17/2016, CD Baby Hires Industry Veteran Jon Bahr as Vice President of Music Publishing and Rights Management
Announcement
11/17/2016
Announcement
11/17/2016
CD Baby is pleased to announce Jon Bahr as Vice President of Music Publishing and Rights Management. A 13-year veteran of ASCAP, Bahr brings strong relationships and experience to the position, which now includes administering more than 500,000 compositions for 100,000 songwriters in CD Baby Pro, in cooperation with SongTrust. MORE» More»

Independent distributor and artist services company CD Baby is pleased to announce the hiring of Jon Bahr as Vice President of Music Publishing and Rights Management. A 13-year veteran of ASCAP, Bahr brings strong relationships and extensive experience to the position, which now includes administering more than 500,000 compositions for 100,000 songwriters in CD Baby Pro, in cooperation with SongTrust. Bahr will remain based in New York City.

“I’m thrilled to bring onboard a skilled and experienced industry veteran to spearhead CD Baby’s rights management initiatives,” says CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux. Bahr’s expertise will supplement the company’s constantly expanding offerings. CD Baby has been at the forefront of creating support structures to support independent artists and their royalty and rights needs, boosting income and helping create substantive careers. The company distributes nearly 7 million songs to a wide range of digital services, such as Spotify and Apple Music.

"CD Baby has been the heart and soul of the independent music industry for many years and I've spent my career serving these same music creators,” Bahr enthuses. “I'm incredibly excited to lead the growth of CD Baby's publishing capabilities, deliver new opportunities to artists and get more money into the pockets of songwriters."

Bahr worked at ASCAP since 2003, most recently as Senior Director of Marketing & Communications. Bahr oversaw ASCAP's advertising, sponsorships, member benefit partnerships and marketing campaigns. He was a creator and executive producer of the successful annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO conference, heading content, sponsorships, logistics, customer service and marketing for the event. Bahr was instrumental in driving the success of ASCAP's 100th birthday integrated marketing campaign, including the star-studded commissioned film, Why We Create Music, and its companion song, "More than the Stars." Prior to ASCAP, Bahr worked at music booking agencies Artist Group International and Ted Kurland Associates, Emcee Artist Management, Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's organization True Majority and managed indie rock band, The Slip.

“Publishing remains one of the cornerstones of artists’ careers, and CD Baby is committed to providing the best possible administrative support to its CD Baby Pro artists,” explains Kevin Breuner, CD Baby Vice President of Marketing. “Having Jon on our team will help us reach our goal of being a one-stop place for independent artists to manage and grow their careers.”

About CD Baby

CD Baby is one of the largest distributors of independent music on the planet, home to almost 500,000 artists and 7 million tracks, getting independent music to more than 100 digital services and platforms around the globe and allowing artists to monetize their presence on YouTube. Its one-stop professional dashboard, CD Baby Pro, allows indie musicians to collect all of their publishing royalties. CD Baby Pro administers the publishing rights of more than 500,000 songs for 100,000 songwriters.

CD Baby has become the go-to partner for many icons in the new music industry. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Macklemore had their start on CD Baby, while others like Ingrid Michaelson and Gregory Alan Isakov have maintained independent and highly successful careers. Greg Brown and Rooney are among musicians who’ve dropped the old label system and turned to CD Baby to strike out on their own.

Announcement
11/17/2016