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CD Baby Releases Full Schedule for DIY Musician Conference

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CD CD-Baby-Music-LicensingBaby is hosting our first ever DIY Musician Conference this October 23-25 in Chicago, and we’ve got quite the assortment of workshops, panels, and showcases lined up.

Unlike most music conferences, this one is built specifically around the needs of independent musicians, so you’ll get practical, actionable advice and walk away with a plan to move your music career forward. Most of the guest speakers will be hanging out for the weekend too, so if you want to continue a conversation that started in one of your sessions, you’ll have that opportunity. Plus, we’ll have a resource center set up where you can talk to members of the CD Baby team at any time, ask questions about your distribution and promotion, or just say hi.

Friday – October 23rd


Registration at the Congress Plaza Hotel


Meet-up and open mic at The Bottom Lounge

Saturday – October 24th


Registration at the Congress Plaza Hotel


From Indie to Major in Nine Months… And Back Again (Keynote) — w/ Brian Mazzaferri and Tony Van Veen


Show Me the Money: How to Maximize Every Revenue Stream for Your Music — w/ Kevin Breuner, Rob Filomena, J. Gibson, and Lauren Danzy

Publicity for Every Artist: Crafting Stories That Get You Press — w/ Dmitri Vietze

Stop Making Cents: Why Data is the New Dollar — w/ Mike King, Chris Moon, Chandler Coyle, Colleen Theis, Tracy Maddux (Sponsored by Berklee Online)


Careers That Break the Mold: How Three Indie Artists are Creating Their Own Path — w/ Patrick Griffin, Chad Lawson, Shannon Curtis, and Jeff Murphy

DIY Touring: from Booking to Backline — w/ Billy Geoghegan

Online Marketing and Sales for Developing Musicians — w/ Benji Rogers (Sponsored by Berklee Online)


Lunch — on your own, with a friend, whatevs… plenty of places to eat; it’s Chicago!


The Four Most Important Things You Need to Know for Performing Onstage! (Keynote) — Live band makeover with Tom Jackson


YouTube and Your Music — w/ Ben Kihnel and Kevin Breuner (Sponsored by Rumblefish)

Email Marketing for Bands: Everything You Need to Know to Build a List, Create Emails, and Grow Your Fanbase — w/ Joy Merten

Music Production 101: Recording and Producing in Pro Tools — w/ Mike King and Chrissy Tignor (Sponsored by Berklee Online)


Top 5 Mistakes When Planning a Release: a special live taping of the DIY Musician Podcast — w/ Kevin Breuner and Chris Robley

Publishing Unlocked: Your Money is Waiting for You — w/ Rob Filomena

Your Band is a Brand: Communicating Who You are to Get Results — w/ Janice Bond


Dinner — on your own, with a friend, whatevs… plenty of restaurants close by!


SoundExchange Sessions: DIY Musician Showcase

Sunday – October 25th


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