CD Baby is once again returning to Spain for its EU edition of the popular DIY Musician Conference (April 6-7, 2019), the only conferences designed to impact self-managed artists' careers through accurate, actionable ideas and advice. The DIY Musician conference has been called "life-changing," empowering artists to do what they do better, in ways tailored to their specific needs.
For the price of modest dinner in most European cities (59 Euros), artists can spend two days exploring new approaches to marketing, pr, recording, songwriting, and royalties collection tailored to the EU market. Workshops, inspiring keynotes, special offerings from YouTube and others, and ample networking time offer musicians from all walks of life a chance to learn about the business and art of music making, in a welcoming, positive environment.
The conference will once again take place at Aula Magistral of the prestigious Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía and on the grounds of Berklee College of Music Valencia in the City of Arts and Sciences. Sessions will be held primarily in English, with several events in Spanish. More info at diymusiciancon.com/eu/.
"We're excited to team up with Berklee Valencia once again and bring panels and workshops to European artists who are managing their own careers," says Kevin Breuner, VP Marketing of CD Baby. At its kick-off last year, artists from 22 countries attended the conference, representing nearly every style and genre of music.
The offerings have expanded to include live performance opportunities for attendees. "That's one piece of feedback we've gotten everywhere we've held a DIY Musician conference," says Breuner. "Musicians always want more chances to play music for and with their fellow musicians. And we're always looking to give them more times and ways to do that."
It's not just live performance opportunities artists are seeking, however; it's overall guidance and perspective on what to do if you want to make music outside the label system. In markets like Europe, that notion of going your own way is just beginning to gain traction. "We've been increasingly asked to present the kind of very artist-oriented, actionable content we feature at our DIY Musician Conferences around the globe," reflects Breuner. "It's about bringing an education experience to the artist community that only CD Baby can do. Especially in an area like Europe that tends to still be focused on the need for a label. We are here to suggest rewarding alternatives."