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 ...
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
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.