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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 ...

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  • 07/12/202207/12/2022

CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference 2022 Takes on Austin with Exciting Keynotes and Collaborative Strategy Sessions

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...

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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.

 

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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

03/22/2022, CD Baby Taps Kevin Breuner to Lead New Artist Engagement and Education Team
03/22/202203/22/2022, CD Baby Taps Kevin Breuner to Lead New Artist Engagement and Education Team
Announcement
03/22/2022
Announcement
03/22/2022
CD Baby is doubling down on artist empowerment with its new Artist Engagement and Education team. The team of experienced musician mentors will be led by long-time podcast host and trusted voice Kevin Breuner. As part of this initiative, Breuner has been named SVP of Artist Engagement and Education. MORE» More»

CD Baby has long been committed to providing substantial, in-depth resources for independent musicians who want to do it themselves. Now, the company is doubling down on artist empowerment with its new Artist Engagement and Education team. The team of experienced musician mentors will be led by long-time podcast host and trusted voice Kevin Breuner. As part of this initiative, Breuner has been named SVP of Artist Engagement and Education.

“We want to be a resourceful guide through an increasingly fractured and complicated landscape,” explains Breuner. “By investing in and uniting everything from our blogs, podcast, conference, and community, we hope to empower musicians with practical know-how and, hopefully, inspire them to pursue their musical ambitions and achieve success on their terms.

CD Baby’s approach to education has always stood out among distributors and independent artist services companies. Their approach goes far beyond content marketing or veiled advertising to provide DIY artists with a substantial and ever-growing range of resources designed to help them thrive as independent musicians. Some are so well regarded by music educators, they are used in college classrooms to teach about the music industry.

“Kevin has used the DIY Musician podcast and blog, as well as our annual conference, to demystify distribution, monetization, and promotion and help make success in this atomized music economy—however an artist may define it—accessible to all artists, regardless of whether they use our services or not,” notes CD Baby President Joel Andrew. “Because we’re all artists ourselves, we see our mission as sharing what we know as broadly as possible. Now we’ll be able to bring even more energy to empowering and uplifting the diverse international community that CD Baby serves.”

The Artist Engagement and Education team will focus on emerging artists entering the market at a time when the music business is the most complex it's ever been. “It's a really exciting time, but it's also a time where artists are expected to run their careers like a startup,” says Breuner. “Gone are the days of an A&R person from a label showing up to a venue to see an ‘unknown’ artist with no audience to potentially sign them. We want to provide the guidance that makes artists feel empowered to create their own breakthrough moments.”

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 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
03/22/2022

02/10/2022, CD Baby Pro Publishing Crosses the 2-Million Song Mark
02/10/202202/10/2022, CD Baby Pro Publishing Crosses the 2-Million Song Mark
Announcement
02/10/2022
Announcement
02/10/2022
Independent artist services company’s royalty administration offering now helps more than 230,000 songwriters collect on millions of works. MORE» More»

Independent artist services company’s royalty administration offering now helps more than 230,000 songwriters collect on millions of works.

CD Baby is announcing that it now serves more than 2 million songs worldwide through its publishing administration service, CD Baby Pro Publishing. With royalty collections powered by its sister service Songtrust, which like CD Baby is part of Downtown Music Holdings, CD Baby is able to handle publishing administration for hundreds of thousands of songwriters and composers, using a network of partners that covers 98% of the global music business. Many of these works are also part of its 1.5mm-track sync catalog, scoring regular ad, TV, and film placements for independent artists. 

“We are striving to be the best caretakers and advocates for our fellow artists’ music, from distributing to music outlets as quickly as possible so fans can hear it, to finding new revenue opportunities and collecting royalties in dozens of countries,” explains CD Baby President Joel Andrew. “Independent artists are savvier than ever about the advantages of protecting and monetizing their original compositions. And we’ve responded by expanding our services with the help of partners like Songtrust and music organizations around the world.” CD Baby will be further expanding its international reach and relationships over the course of this year. 

The scale and reach of CD Baby Pro is matched by its impact on songwriters’ and musicians’ lives, one that’s growing rapidly. (CD Baby Pro Publishing payments grew by 60% in Q4 2021). Many independent artists are surprised and inspired by the long-term potential of their music to open doors and earn regular revenue. “I had a song picked up by the Netflix show Outer Banks. I was completely caught off guard because it was unexpected,” recounts East Coast-based outlaw country singer and songwriter Mickey Lamantia. “Enrolling in CD Baby Pro Publishing and Sync Licensing was the reason it happened.”

“After I performed my song ‘I Knew This Would Happen’ on American Idol in 2020, I thought the first CD Baby payment I received was all I would generate. As reports kept coming in, I was surprised at how well the song has done over time and how much I received in publishing revenue. Even a year later, I'm grateful that the song continues to do well,” says Ryan Harmon, the Arkansas singer-songwriter whose career took a leap forward thanks to the popular TV show. “Earning money from my music has allowed me to make that jump into doing what I love for a living. It's given me the confidence to recognize that there's a market for what I do, despite any pressure I might face to fit in.”

“Songtrust's partnership with CD Baby to provide global publishing administration via our direct collections network of more than sixty collection partners has been incredibly impactful. As the number of writers and songs they represent has grown dramatically over the years, so too has the value of those works. The songwriters represented by CD Baby Pro have a significant impact on the ever-changing music publishing market,” said Songtrust President Molly Neuman.

Announcement
02/10/2022