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How Do I Know If I’m Ready for Management?

THE QUESTION: Hello. How do I know if Im ready for management? I feel like I’ve come to a point in my music career that I need management to get further, I’ve performed at a number of venues, gotten paid gigs, I’m working to form my own band, I just got back to recording. How do you suggest I approach a management/PR company? I’d want to be with a company that does most things I’d need. Thanks

So You Want to Be a Music Supervisor

Whether you’re looking to land a job in the music industry or get your music placed in film and TV, understanding the role of a music supervisor can help your music career. What is a Music Supervisor?A music supervisor’s job is to find, place, and link music with multimedia based projects (film, television shows, video games, documentaries etc.). Some supervisors run their own...

Introducing Zack Shelton and 64 to Grayson - Alt-Country With a Twist

Not too many country bands make a respectable living playing in churches and at family-friendly shows and festivals, as opposed to venues that are, shall we say, a little more rowdy. But Zack Shelton and 64 to Grayson are doing just that, while regularly performing their own brand of mostly original country music for worshippers and largely conservative crowds at events throughout the Southeast.

Touring Tips for DIY Musicians

It’s springtime, so naturally touring is on the brain. CD Baby’s Twitter chat in April was all about touring. Then Kevin Breuner and I had a discussion on the DIY Musician Podcast about our best touring advice. In that same week Carlos Castillo sent me an article with tips on how to sell more merch on tour.

Six Critical Things Successful Songwriters Do Every Day

One of the best parts of spending time in Nashville for as long as I have is that I get to observe - up close - the way successful songwriters manage their day to day lives. Beyond the obvious songwriting talent, there are lots of other things that these songwriters do day in and day out in order to make themselves successful. I thought I'd mention a few things that are worth adding to your daily routine if you're serious about moving your songwriting career forward.

Songwriting Tips - Where's The Chorus

As a panelist at a songwriting conference recently, I wandered into a nearby panel after mine was over. I heard an absolutely gorgeous song with the hook at the end of each verse. The panelist interrogated the writer harshly, “Where’s the chorus?!” I desperately wanted to scream at her that not all songs have choruses and despite our culture’s wide-spread short term memory...

Introducing Leslie Cours Mather

or a city girl, singer Leslie Cours Mather sure is “Countrified.” That’s the title of Leslie’s latest single and her forthcoming album, and after one listen you’ll know that this woman is exactly what she sings about, “Countrified.” She lives in Los Angeles these days, having been born in Singapore before living all over America. But maybe more than anywhere, her heart is in...

Tiny Music Royalties Add Up Unexpectedly

There hasn't been a lot of good news for musicians on the income front since the Internet came along and halved the size of the record industry. Music is everywhere on the Internet — but income from services like Spotify and Pandora aren't making up for the loss of revenue the industry has suffered over the last 15 years. To complicate matters further, much of the...

Five Practice Tips for Busy Lives

piano-playerFor a brief few years in college, I got to treat music as a full-time job, devoting 40+ hours a week to musical improvement. I lived ten minutes from the practice rooms and had very few responsibilities, so I could practice as much as sleep and school would allow. Now that I’m a full-fledged grown-up with a real job, that reality has faded.

Martina McBride in Concert - Chicago

Martina McBride was once dubbed the “Celine Dion of country music.” For those expecting to see the diminutive performer deliver her signature sweet ballads were likely surprised after “Wild Angels” only three songs in as the show morphed into a full throttle funk/rock hybrid. McBride is touring in support of “Everlasting,” an R&B/soul covers...
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U2 in Concert - Phoenix, AZ

U2 – no other band has ever worked so hard for so long to remain relevant. And as the Irish quartet proved in the first of two sold-out concerts at US Airways Center in Phoenix on Friday night (May 27), the 39-years-young foursome remains rock's reigning heavyweight (sorry Mick). U2's fusion of mind-blowing technological stage and...

Joe Bonsall - On The Road With The Oak Ridge Boys

To call a piece of work by an artist, writer or musician "definitive" is like saying "be-de be-de be-de... That's All Folks."After all, it doesn't take into account what comes next. So, with Joe Bonsall's new book, On The Road With The Oak Ridge Boys, I think I'll label it the "Nearly complete until the next chapter" book on the legendary Country and Gospel quartet.

How to Keep Perspective During a Mixing Session

We mixers know all too well that mixes can be like black holes. If you keep a safe distance, you can generally preserve a healthy perspective and escape unscathed. But many of us allow ourselves to get sucked way in without even realizing it’s happening. Before we know it, we’re coming up on day 3, we’re no longer having fun and we can’t even...

What is Music Publishing Administration and Why Do I Need It?

Since taking on the role of Director of Music Publishing at CD Baby several months ago, I’ve spent much of my time learning about the company and listening to members, particularly interested in what they have to say about CD Baby Pro, our publishing administration platform that I administer directly. I’ve looked through our customer service...

Simple Ways to Promote Your Music on Soundcloud

With over 175 million monthly listeners, Soundcloud is one of the most important sites that you can use to attract new fans to your music project. But how do you locate the ears of listeners and convince them to follow you? In this post we provide a few tips. 1. MAKE SURE YOUR SOUNDCLOUD CONTENT SOUNDS GREAT. An obvious point perhaps...
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