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CD Baby, a Downtown Music Holdings company, is home to over 1 million artists and 10 million tracks, and has paid out over $1 billion in artist royalties since its founding in 1998. CD Baby empowers emerging, niche, and amateur musicians with everything they need to successfully distribute, publish, promote, ...

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  • 11/16/202211/16/2022

CD Baby and Groover Partner To Connect Artists with Industry Professionals

CD Baby and Groover Partner To Connect Artists with Industry Professionals

Artist services provider CD Baby has partnered with music promotion platform Groover to help emerging artists promote their music with results.

Thanks to this partnership, CD Baby artists will gain discounted access to Groover's robust network of music industry professionals, curators, record labels, managers, mentors, media outlets, playlisters, radio stations, and more. 

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11/16/2022, CD Baby and Groover Partner To Connect Artists with Industry Professionals
11/16/202211/16/2022, CD Baby and Groover Partner To Connect Artists with Industry Professionals
Announcement
11/16/2022
Announcement
11/16/2022
Artist services provider CD Baby has partnered with music promotion platform Groover to help emerging artists promote their music with results. MORE» More»

CD Baby and Groover Partner To Connect Artists with Industry Professionals

Artist services provider CD Baby has partnered with music promotion platform Groover to help emerging artists promote their music with results.

Thanks to this partnership, CD Baby artists will gain discounted access to Groover's robust network of music industry professionals, curators, record labels, managers, mentors, media outlets, playlisters, radio stations, and more. 

Groover supports over 2,000 active media outlets, radios, and labels on the platform, resulting in more than 2 million pieces of feedback, 400k+ shares (reviews, playlist adds, etc.) and 1,000+ signatures on record labels. 

CD Baby artists receive a 15% discount on their first campaign on Groover, and low cost of entry for future campaigns. Artists will benefit from Groover’s network and 7 day feedback guarantee, along with exclusive priority customer support and placement on Groover's new Spotify playlist exclusively for CD Baby artists. Through this partnership, Groover users will receive one free release through CD Baby and a 40% discount on CD Baby distribution in perpetuity.

"CD Baby is proud to partner with Groover to provide artists easier access to curators, radios and music pros for placement, feedback, or both,” says Alex Trevino, Strategic & Partner Manager at CD Baby. “CD Baby and Groover were both built with the same mission, to help independent artists get their music heard. I am excited to see our artists get results with Groover."

As a simplified way to surface talent, Groover connects artists who want to promote their music with the best curators, radios, and labels seeking new, emerging talent. Groover unites music curators open to sharing their feedback with artists at any stage of their journey. For the artist unfamiliar with pitching, Groover greatly simplifies the uncertainty around the outreach process, and delivers significantly larger percentages of placed opportunities, when compared to other platforms in this space. Artists in France, Brazil, UK, and Latin America already turn to Groover for their quality network that delivers consistent results.

“We have always been inspired by CD Baby’s vision to support independent artists and their focus on answering their questions and needs. It has helped forge our mission at Groover, to help independent musicians break the wall of first listening and get their music heard,” says Dorian Perron, Co-founder at Groover. “We’ve taken inspiration from CD Baby’s DIY Musician Blog and meetings with CD Baby’s team back in 2017, even before launching Groover. Five years later, we couldn’t be prouder to be part of the CD Baby + Groover combo artists deserve.”

CD Baby has established partnerships to further indie artist’s promotion in the industry, including Laylo, Show.co, found.ee, Adaptr, Joox, and more. All current or new CD Baby artists can take advantage of these opportunities.

Announcement
11/16/2022

10/19/2022, CD Baby Signs Deal with Laylo to Offer Fan Engagement Platform to Artists
10/19/202210/19/2022, CD Baby Signs Deal with Laylo to Offer Fan Engagement Platform to Artists
Announcement
10/19/2022
Announcement
10/19/2022
CD Baby continues to expand their direct-to-fan promotional offerings for artists, working with fan engagement platform Laylo to offer CD Baby users an exclusive discount to Laylo's Pro tier. MORE» More»

CD Baby continues to expand their direct-to-fan promotional offerings for artists, working with fan engagement platform Laylo to offer CD Baby users an exclusive discount to Laylo's Pro tier. Laylo enables artists to notify their fans the moment they release new music, content, merch, or event announcements, via text, email, and/or Facebook Messenger.

Artists can share their drop and notification signup link directly with fans across socials, with Spotify auto-follow and one-click pre-save features built in. DIY artists can track which of their messages are landing and who is engaging with their drop, through key insights and analytics. Laylo is a proven platform with notable customers including Sam Smith, Dixie D'Amelio, Kodak Black, Miles Teller, The Black Keys, and the Friends With Benefits DAO.

Laylo’s offering joins the extensive range of marketing, distribution, and royalty administration services and tools available to CD Baby users, which help artists find and engage with their fans.

"At CD Baby, we always strive to find the latest and most innovative partners for artists to market their music. Laylo is just that,” said Alex Trevino, Strategic Partner Manager at CD Baby. “I am excited to see our artists give their fans an incredible experience while driving more streams and sales.”

“CD Baby has set the standard for offering easy, inspirational ways for artists to define and reach success,” said Stephanie Allen, VP and Head of Partnerships at Laylo. “Our companies share a lot, including a deep commitment to supporting creative work. I really felt this when I spoke at CD Baby’s DIY Conference this August. The excitement the artists showed was overwhelming. For us, this partnership feels like a perfect fit.”

 

About CD Baby

CD Baby, a Downtown Music Holdings company, is home to over 1 million artists and 10 million tracks, and has paid out over $1 billion in artist royalties since its founding in 1998. CD Baby empowers emerging, niche, and amateur musicians with everything they need to successfully distribute, publish, promote, and monetize their music around the globe. Our expert guidance simplifies and streamlines the complexities of global music distribution through tools, partnerships, education, and 20+ years of community-building and advocacy. Our complete artist-services platform connects independent artists with new audiences and revenue streams so they can enjoy creative autonomy and thrive on their own terms. Founded and run by artists for artists, CD Baby exists to make success in the music business accessible to all.

cdbaby.com/

 

About Downtown

Downtown is the world's leading music services company with over 1.7 million clients in over 145 countries with a catalog of over 23 million music assets in a wide variety of genres and languages. Downtown's service offerings support creators and businesses in all facets of the music industry including music creation, distribution, marketing, royalty collection, financing, accounting and payment services. Downtown clients can choose to opt-in for only the services they need, in any territory they want, for as long as they want, without having to give up ownership or control of their work.
www.downtownmusic.com

 

About Laylo

Laylo is a CRM and Drops platform for creators and brands, helping them drive more sales & streams through direct fan engagement. Launched in 2021 by Alec Ellin and Saj Sanghvi, Laylo powers drops for some of the world’s biggest musicians, podcasters, celebrities, and brands allowing them to automatically notify fans about new content, merchandise and tickets through SMS, Email, Instagram DM, Facebook Messenger, and Discord. Laylo further empowers creators by giving them complete ownership of their fan data.

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Announcement
10/19/2022

07/12/2022, CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference 2022 Takes on Austin with Exciting Keynotes and Collaborative Strategy Sessions
07/12/202207/12/2022, CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference 2022 Takes on Austin with Exciting Keynotes and Collaborative Strategy Sessions
Announcement
07/12/2022
Announcement
07/12/2022
The DIY Musician Conference will make its grand return to Austin, Texas, from August 26-28, with keynote speakers including Kara DioGuardi, Ross Golan, Tom Jackson, Amy Wolter, Enrique Chi, and Austin Kleon. Virtual tickets will be available for those wishing to attend remotely. MORE» More»

The DIY Musician Conference will make its grand return to Austin, Texas, from August 26-28, with keynote speakers including Kara DioGuardi, Ross Golan, Tom Jackson, Amy Wolter, Enrique Chi, and Austin Kleon. Virtual tickets will be available for those wishing to attend remotely.

CD Baby is bringing its highly anticipated DIY Musician Conference back to the Live Music Capital of the World, aka Austin, Texas, for its first conference since the start of the pandemic. The three-day conference unites and excites musicians, ready to take their careers to the next level, and offers keynote events, songwriting and marketing workshops, one-on-one mentorships with music business professionals, performance opportunities, and countless jam sessions over the weekend.

After three years away, CD Baby has assembled a stellar roster of keynotes and speakers, ready to take the stage in efforts to reunite the DIY Musician community in Austin, and around the world. Keynote speakers Kara DioGuardi and Ross Goland are songwriters for Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and dozens more, and will host a “Shark Tank” inspired critique session to workshop songs by artists in the audience in real time. Legendary live music producers Tom Jackson and Amy Wolter return as crowd favorites, ready to transform a band’s live performance with their live band makeover. NY Times bestselling author Austin Kelon will teach artists creative processes to showcase their authentic artistic voices. Afro-latino and rock songwriter Enrique Chi and his band will instruct artists on creating transformative and meaningful music.

Austin speakers include the returning freestyle master SaulPaul, GRAMMY Award-nominated and named Austinite of the Year in 2017; music producer Henry Roland; songwriter Matt Ramsey; and Ableton trainer and producer Alberto Chapa. Other Texas speakers include award-winning music producer Justin J. Rhodes and strategist & reality TV music coach Brianna Ruelas.

“The pandemic has shown musicians how important it is to have a digital presence. When live music came to a halt musicians had to get creative, both indie and commercial,” says speaker and music coach Kareem Guy.

Growing a supportive fanbase is crucial to a career in music, both for revenue streams and music discovery. Artists can learn from marketers, playlist specialists, and public relations experts who will talk trends and tools to simplify content creation and promotion including Diarmuid Moloney from Rotor; Kaytee Long Becker from DIY Public Relations, Inc; author of Work Hard Playlist Hard Mike Warner; Rick Barker of Music Industry Blueprint; and Hisham Dahud from ArtistPro. 

Artists will hear from movers and groovers in music education and various aspects of career consulting. Lesley Barth will share her business expertise in maintaining music productivity; returning mentor Judy Stakee will offer songwriters career advice; professional percussionist

Damon Grant will share how to get the gig and keep the gig; mindset and productivity coach Suzanne Paulinski will talk about overcoming loss and embracing change; artist and blogger Ari Herstand and artist and educator Chris Carr will tap into touring in alternative venue spaces. Musicians seeking legal advice can learn from entertainment attorney Karl Fowlkes. Wendy Parr of Parr Method Inc will help guide artists in revitalizing their approach and creativity, and Stefan Aronsen from Balanced Breakfast will help foster community within the DIY industry. 

Dramatic changes to music and technology over the past two years have resulted in new platforms and revenue streams for artists to consider, including TikTok, Zoom and Twitch concerts, and NFTs. “Everything has changed as we return with the DIY Conference this year. Through all the uncertainty and changes, the passion and strength we have seen emerge from the DIY community is just exhilarating,” says Cristina Cano, Community & Events Manager at CD Baby. “DIY will equip attendees with what they need to thrive and build a sustainable career in an always-changing musical ecosystem.”

It’s impossible to anticipate who you’ll meet next at the DIY Musician Conference, as it attracts professionals from every nook and cranny of the industry. Not only do artists and bands/groups attend to reap the benefits of networking and sessions focused on improving their craft, but managers, publicists, and promoters also attend to gain insight from working with indie artists. The DIY Conference is for anyone who appreciates indie music and wants to learn more about navigating the industry.

“We are thrilled to have the DIY community together again in this city, where live music thrives. DIY Musician Con creates an environment to foster learning, for artists and professionals to share their knowledge and experiences,” says SVP of Artist Engagement & Education Kevin Breuner. “This is a great weekend to bring your band out for productive strategy sessions, workshops, networking, one-on-one mentoring, and exploring such a musically influenced city.”

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About CD Baby

Home to over 1 million artists and 10 million tracks, CD Baby has paid out over $1 billion in artist royalties since its founding in 1998. CD Baby, a Downtown Music Holdings company, empowers emerging, niche, and amateur musicians with everything they need to successfully distribute, publish, promote, and monetize their music around the globe. Our expert guidance simplifies and streamlines the complexities of global music distribution through tools, partnerships, education, and 20+ years of community-building and advocacy. Our complete artist-services platform connects independent artists with new audiences and revenue streams so they can enjoy creative autonomy and thrive on their own terms. Founded and run by artists for artists, CD Baby exists to make success in the music business accessible to all.

 

Announcement
07/12/2022

06/29/2022, Scott Williams Named President of CD Baby and Soundrop
06/29/202206/29/2022, Scott Williams Named President of CD Baby and Soundrop
Announcement
06/29/2022
Announcement
06/29/2022
Downtown Music Holdings (Downtown℠), the world’s leading music services provider, announced today the appointment of Scott Williams to the position of President of CD Baby and Soundrop. Mr. Williams previously served as Chief Technology Officer of CD Baby. MORE» More»

Downtown Music Holdings (Downtown℠), the world’s leading music services provider, announced today the appointment of Scott Williams to the position of President of CD Baby and Soundrop. Mr. Williams previously served as Chief Technology Officer of CD Baby.

“During his tenure at CD Baby, Scott has spearheaded the ongoing evolution of the company’s technology platform that has made it a favorite of independent artists all over the world,” said Andrew Bergman, CEO of Downtown Music Holdings. “As President of CD Baby and Soundrop, Scott will bring the same passion for innovation he’s brought to tech to the company’s overall operations as we continue to expand our offerings to artists.”

Mr. Williams joined CD Baby in 2013 as Vice President of Technology and was promoted to CTO in 2019.  He was central to the launch of Soundrop, a low-cost music distribution service with transparent pricing, collaborator splits and no annual fees. He leads the team behind CD Baby’s best in class reporting to its artist clients, who have received consistent payments every week for more than two decades.  Prior to his role at CD Baby, Williams led technology at EdTech companies Avant Assessment and Learning.com.  Williams started his career as a Nintendo Game Counselor, a professional video game player tasked with providing advice on the game tip hotline.

“Leading the skilled and dedicated technology teams at CD Baby and Soundrop for the last decade has been a great honor. We’ve been laser focused on serving the more than 1 million artists that rely on us to get their music out into the universe to be discovered and to generate income,” said Mr. Williams. “I am so fortunate to be able to grow at the company I love so much to continue my mission of helping the independent artist community.”

CD Baby now distributes more than 10 million tracks for 1.2 million artists around the world.

Williams holds a BA in Economics from the University of Washington. He is a recipient of the 2019 Rapid Growth Award from 7CTOs, an organization devoted to the growth of tech leaders, and is a member of the DDEX Board of Directors since 2020, representing Downtown Music Holdings.

 
Announcement
06/29/2022

04/13/2022, CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference Returns to Austin this August
04/13/202204/13/2022, CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference Returns to Austin this August
Announcement
04/13/2022
Announcement
04/13/2022
CD Baby is hosting its seventh annual DIY Musician Conference, the independent music ecosystem’s most accessible, educational, and motivational gathering geared toward independent musicians. From August 26-28, the conference returns to an in-person experience at the Hilton Austin in Texas. MORE» More»

CD Baby is hosting its seventh annual DIY Musician Conference, the independent music ecosystem’s most accessible, educational, and motivational gathering geared toward independent musicians. From August 26-28, the conference returns to an in-person experience at the Hilton Austin in Texas, offering musicians the first chance since 2020 to come together, learn, and connect with some of the tastemakers and industry reps who will jumpstart the next phase of their careers.

Attendees can expect an array of sessions by industry leaders and their fellow artists, with topics hitting the key moments in independent musicians’ lives. Hands-on sessions will cover everything from livestream strategies, connecting to fans on social platforms, launching a release, marketing music, and more. Over three days, attendees will also get a chance to work one-on-one with expert mentors, to play with their fellow artists, and to hear great music. Folks who cannot attend in person won’t miss out, as CD Baby will include a virtual option as well.

CD Baby and its DIY Musician Conference hopes attendees discover what success means to them in a new era for music. “One of our goals is for musicians to walk away with plans of action and the fire to get it done,” explains Kevin Breuner, CD Baby’s SVP of Artist Engagement and Education.

CD Baby is dedicated to making the DIY Musician Conference a gateway to everything artists need to succeed, including new sources of income and new deals to serve artist needs. Guided by artists for artists, speakers reflect the makeup of actual DIY music communities. “We challenged ourselves here to find the right people to connect with the diverse array of attendees,” notes Breuner. 

Past conference keynotes and speakers have included Questlove, DMC (Run DMC), Mary Gauthier, Jack Conte (Patreon), Alejandro Escovedo, Bob Boilen (NPR), and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas. 2022’s programming will be announced later this spring.

According to Canadian indie-soul recording artist, Ahi, “The DIY Musician Conference changed my life," Ahi, who has attended the conference previously, went on to be nominated for a Juno Award and has performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. "It exceeded my expectations. I'm in the clouds.”

About CD Baby
Home to over 1 million artists and 9 million tracks, CD Baby has paid out over $1 billion in artist royalties since its founding in 1998. CD Baby, a Downtown Music Holdings company, empowers emerging, niche, and amateur musicians with everything they need to successfully distribute, publish, promote, and monetize their music around the globe. Our expert guidance simplifies and streamlines the complexities of global music distribution through tools, partnerships, education, and 20+ years of community-building and advocacy. Our complete artist-services platform connects independent artists with new audiences and revenue streams so they can enjoy creative autonomy and thrive on their own terms. Founded and run by artists for artists, CD Baby exists to make success in the music business accessible to all.

Announcement
04/13/2022