How, why, and when you can earn money from your music and videos on YouTube If you’re distributing your music through CD Baby, we can help you earn money from Youtube in several different ways. For an artist who hasn’t … Continue reading Everything you need to know about your music on YouTube
[This is an excerpt from Bob Baker’s new book, The Five-Minute Music Marketer: 151 Easy Music Promotion Activities That Take 5 Minutes or Less.] As much as I love the Internet and all the potential it holds to connect with … Continue reading Nine live music marketing activities that take five minutes or less
A lot of indie artists are confused about the difference between ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange. I’ll attempt to break down the most important differences between these groups and elaborate towards the end about other considerations and other royalty collection … Continue reading What’s the difference between ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and SoundExchange?
Let’s face it: We all know the hustle. Sometimes we find ourselves trying to market our music more than we actually have the opportunity to play it. If a tree falls in a forest, does it make a sound? If … Continue reading 5 grassroots ways to create collective hype on social media
November 8, 2014 What’s the difference between being influenced by a song and stealing one outright? A case involving a dispute between some very well known tunes took an interesting turn this week and suggested this question may be much … Continue reading The “Blurred Lines” Between Musical Influence and Copyright Infringement
We’ve all heard this piece of advice time and time again – in the music industry, it’s all about who you know. However, meeting influential connections can seem a rather daunting task. Connections with major record labels or publishing companies … Continue reading The Art of Networking: 5 steps to making better music industry connections
Why your age doesn’t have to hold you back in the independent music world Youth has always been a component of popular music culture: Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, New Edition, Gladys Knight, Mary J Blige — they all got their start well … Continue reading You’re NEVER too old to make it in music
New IRS tax rules may benefit independent musicians As independent musicians, there are many times when we have to work second jobs to make ends meet, and after you factor in the costs of recording, manufacturing, marketing, touring, and other … Continue reading You’re a musician… but is it a HOBBY or a “REAL JOB?”
[This post was written by guest contributor Dave Kusek of New Artist Model.] Budgeting is probably one of the most overlooked aspects of planning for a new album or project. Compared to all attention you give to writing, recording, and marketing, … Continue reading How to stretch your recording budget and get more for your money
Here’s a story you’ve probably heard before: band makes it big, everybody gets rich, the songwriter gets richer. Why does the songwriter make more money? Music publishing! If you’re a songwriter, you could make huge amounts of money from your … Continue reading The 3 Most Common Music Publishing Deals for Songwriters
As music streaming continues to grow in popularity, it’s becoming more and more important for artists to understand how they can earn money from this new mode of music delivery. When it comes to interactive streaming services — the kind … Continue reading Are you getting paid everything you’re owed from interactive streaming?
When it comes to the online world, having an email list signup feature is one of the most important things a website can have. While having a lead magnet such as a free giveaway (e.g. free song, ebook, etc.) is an … Continue reading How to grow your email list at your next gig
6 reasons why it’s important to make flyers for every show 1. Not everyone is on Facebook (or Twitter, or G+, or whatever) As powerful a promotional tool as Facebook Events are, you can’t rely on just an Event invite and a … Continue reading If you don’t make flyers for your shows, you don’t deserve to get booked
The place of digital downloads in the future music industry Steve “Renman” Rennie, a longtime friend of CD Baby (and the former manager of the band Incubus), has started a new web series called Ask Renman where he answers YOUR … Continue reading What is the future of digital downloads?