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These Musicians Said I Do in a Perfectly Artistic Strongwater Wedding

The Strongwater in Columbus, Ohio was the perfect backdrop for Frances and Kurt’s industrial, DIY wedding. With homemade invitations, centerpieces, and bouquets, these musicians used their creative and artistic abilities during the wedding planning process. Show More Summary

Washed Out x Gorilla vs. Bear takeover: Paul McCartney – Ram

I’ve loved this album for a long time. I love the messiness of it - you really get the sense that it was DIY project. Coming from being perhaps the biggest musician in the world (and working on some of the most expensive and professional recordings of all time), I have so much respect for him for making an album like Ram or McCartney... Continue reading…

Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. & Indie Music

Our tips and suggestions for DIY and indie artists this week covered issues like how to manage your money well as a musician, how to make money with accumulated industry gear and skills, the best practices for using Facebook as a marketing tool in 2017, and more! Musicians Who Managed...

David Nance releasing an LP on Ba Da Bing (stream the Merle Haggard cover)

Omaha musician David Nance is unknown to many but a cult DIY hero to others, known for making noisy, lo-fi, genre-defying jams on a beaten-up analog tape recorder. For his new album Negative Boogie, due out this week (7/14) via Ba Da Bing, he upgraded to an actual studio... Continue reading…

Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. & Indie Music

The advice for indie and DIY musicians this week covers the best way to market to your core fans, the best way to assemble an effective artist bio, how to identify if you're ready to hire a publicist and more. How To Market To Your Core Fans How To Write...

Things We Learned From Austin Music Foundation’s DIY Musician Marketing Panel

From the Austin Music Foundation's June DIY marketing panel, we learn some of the insights shared at the event regarding marketing tools and techniques available to artists seeking success in a rapidly shifting marketplace. _________________________ Guest by Sarah of Wysidio On June 7th, the Austin Music Foundation hosted “Breaking Through...

5 Easy Hacks to Make Your Cover Songs Stand Out – WEBINAR Wednesday 12 noon EST

New Artist Model - Online Music Business School for Indie Musicians With the DIY revolution and the rise of the music middle class in today’s music industry, it’s really easy to get caught up in all the business and music promotion stuff. Show More Summary

A Sneak Peak At CD Baby's 2017 DIY Musicians Conference

Here we preview 2017's upcoming DIY Musician Conference, an event curated specifically with independent, do-it-yourself musicians in mind, designed to assist with their careers and allow them to meet others in their field. ______________________________ Guest post by Chris Robley of DIY Musician Tickets to the DIY Musician Conference are only...

Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. & Indie Music

We have a whole slew of advice for independent and DIY musicians this week, including a look at how to set up your website with a 'gig magnet' what to do with an inherited song catalog, the best way to secure your band a coveted support slot, and more. Does...

Member of Queer Punk Band PWR BTTM Accused of Sexual Assault

3 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

On May 11 the musician Ben Hopkins, one half of the rock duo PWR BTTM, was accused in a Facebook post of sexual assault and predatory behavior. The accusation appeared in the closed Facebook group DIY Chicago, but the post was widely circulated on social media Thursday. Read more...

Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. & Indie Music

This week in our DIY and independent musician advice section, we provide useful tips and information on why you should understand metadata, the best way to get your band a coveted festival slot, how the different "story" features compare across social media platforms and more. 5 Reasons You Should Know...

Meet The Judges For 2017 Emerging Artists Fund

PledgeMusic and Help Musicians UK have teamed up to create the Emerging Artists Fund, a talent development initiative designed to provide legitimate DIY acts with funding needed to build a long term career. Here we look at six esteemed panalists who will help to select the awardees. ___________________________ Guest post...

Legal Basics For The DIY World

Here we look at four essential copyright and legal rules for musicians and creators of any type, including how to properly trademark your name, as well as what to be conscious of when signing a contract. __________________________ In this recent post to MusicThinkTank, music industry lawyer Wallace Collins shares some...

Legal Basics For The Diy World: Artists, Authors, Creators And Musicians

Four Essentials: 1) Copyright Protection Under US copyright law, copyright (literally, the right to make and sell copies) automatically vests in the creator the moment the expression of an idea is “fixed in a tangible medium” (in other words, the moment you write it down, type it or record it on tape). Show More Summary

5-Step Guide To Getting Music Blog Coverage For Your Next Release

Most musicians want their music heard, and hiring a publicist can be a great way of getting the word out. Unfortunately, publicists are also expensive, and not always affordable on a DIY budget. Here we walk through a five-step guide on how to be your own PR agent. _______________________ Guest...

Welcome To The Post-DIY Music Era [Mark Mulligan]

Business is booming at CD Baby, Bandcamp, Tunecore, Bandzoogle and a host of other service providers for DIY musicians. But from Chance The Rapper to Stormzy and beyond, we are also witnessing a new chapter in artist self-development: The Post-DIY Music Era. Stormzy By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA I recently...

Under The Influence: Jay Som’s Melina Duterte on making ends meet as a DIY artist

In Under The Influence, The A.V. Club asks a musician to pair three of their songs with a non-musical influence. Melina Duterte may only be 22 years old, but she’s been making music for 10 of those years. It’s that pedigree that made 2015’s Turn Into—an assemblage of songs hastily formed into an album—so engaging. Show More Summary

Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. & Indie Music

This week, our helpful assemblage of tips and tricks for the independent DIY musician covers topics like breaking into the industry, getting acquainted with Instagram Live, a guide to Facebook marketing for beginners, and much, much more! 101 Techniques For Breaking Into The Music Industry Musician's Guide To Using Instagram...

How An Indie Hip Hop Artist Made It To #3 On Billboard After Reading CD Baby's DIY Musician Blog

Shahidah Jones shares how her client, independent hip hop artist Tyke T, was able to achieve Billboard success despite having no label affiliation, publicist, or marketing firm after reading CD Baby's do-it-yourself musician blog __________________________________ Guest Post by Shahidah Jones on DIY Musician “I’m going to get this album on...

This Week In Music Commentary

In this weekly edition of our music commentary section, we hear from industry experts on how to get sync placements, why DIY is the best way to do music, and the Musician Action groups comments on copyright reform. On Getting Sync Placements: An Interview w/ North Star Media's John Septy...

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