CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference is going virtual this year – and it’s FREE! Join us for sessions led by industry leaders, networking and coaching.

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August 26-28

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A bigger stage is waiting

Exciting news! CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference is going virtual for 2021 – and it’s going to be totally FREE!

This means no matter where you are in the world, you’ll have the chance to take your career to the next level, over the course of three days (August 26-28). Join us for sessions led by industry leaders, networking and coaching. RSVP and Register!

  • Network with other musicians
  • Talk with industry experts
  • Learn how to market your music on Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and more!
  • Check all the boxes before your next release
  • Learn how to find a manager, and how to self manage in the meantime
  • And much more!

Conference Schedule

All sessions in Pacific Daylight Time

  • 10:00 - 11:00 am

    Artist Interview with Jackie Venson

    Zoom
    840109
  • 10:00 - 12:00 PM

    Bonsai Coaching Sessions

  • 11:00 - 12:00 PM

    A Spotify Masterclass

    Zoom
    892800
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM

    Artist Managers: When you Need One and How to be Your Own Until Then

    Zoom
    195794
  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM

    Building Your Brand with Amazon Music for Artists

    Zoom
    849074
  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM

    Networking Session: Expand Your Revenue Streams

    Zoom
    513046
  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM

    Bonsai Coaching Sessions

  • 10:00 - 11:00 am

    Preparing your next Release: The 45 Day Blueprint

    Zoom
    614784
  • 10:00 - 12:00 PM

    Bonsai Coaching Sessions

  • 11:00 - 12:00 PM

    Best Practices for Artists on Facebook & Instagram

    Zoom
    202847
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM

    YouTube Insider: Deep Dive for DIY Artists

    Zoom
    758051
  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM

    Building a Story Around Your Release (PR 101) with Erik Andersen

    Zoom
    371727
  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM

    Networking Session: Collaborate

    Zoom
    574705
  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM

    Bonsai Coaching Sessions

  • 10:00 - 11:00 AM

    How to Book Yourself Without an Agent

    Zoom
    507741
  • 10:00 - 12:00 PM

    Bonsai Coaching Sessions

  • 11:00 - 12:00 PM

    Authentic Artist Branding with Wendy Parr

    Zoom
    922020
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM

    Pandora for Creators with Michelle Solomon and Andee Connors

    Zoom
    684225
  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM

    Make the Next-Best Decision to Propel Your Career: An Interview with Portugal. The Man

    Zoom
    347266
  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM

    Networking Session: Knowing Your Worth

    Zoom
    181921
  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM

    Bonsai Coaching Sessions

Coaching Sessions

This year’s virtual DIY Musician Conference gives you a chance to learn directly from music industry experts. We’ve partnered with coaching company Bonsai to assemble an amazing roster of coaches for you, including:

  • Molly Neuman

    President, Songtrust
  • Latoya Cooper

    Music Meets The Boardroom
  • Thalia Ewing

    Nashville is Not Just Country Music
  • Gina Chavez

    Grammy-Nominated Artist
  • Simon Tam

    Music Marketing Expert
  • Dave Cool

    VP at Bandzoogle
  • Bruce Houghton

    Berklee Instructor
  • Michelle Solomon

    Senior Operations Manager, Pandora
  • Kam Lal

    CEO/Founder, Notetracks
  • Rhea Ghosh

    Cosynd (Copyrights)

AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Coaching assignments are limited and made on a first-come-first-serve basis. So set your alarms for 10am PST on August 12th. All who are registered will get a link to sign up at that time.

Session Information

  • Spotify Masterclass

    Take a personal guide through Spotify’s artists tools & features. Meet the Spotify team and discover your biggest platform, with tips, insight and advice you don’t want to miss!

  • Pandora for Creators

    Pandora’s Andee Connors and Michelle Solomon will introduce you to their Artist Marketing Platform, a set of free and powerful tools for creators, made by musicians for musicians. These DIY tools were designed to help promote your music, increase your spins and speak directly to your fans. Learn to explore the data behind your music and then actually USE that data to help grow your fanbase!

  • Artist Managers: When you Need One and How to be Your Own Until Then

    Hosted by Montse Carty in conversation with Erin Anderson (Founder/CEO of Olivia Management), in this session we will explore what an artist manager is, what their job is, when you need one, and how to be your own manager until you reach that point. We’ll talk about finding the right management fit when it is time, and tools you can use starting today to help you manage your career efficiently.

  • Best Practices for Artists on Facebook and Instagram

    The Facebook and Instagram Music teams are excited to share with you the latest and greatest tips and tricks on how to make music moments, raise awareness for your songs and lean into storytelling to your fans in fun and creative ways on both products!

  • Preparing your next release: the 45 day blueprint

    Good music marketing begins long before your release date. In this discussion, CD Baby’s Cristina Cano and Chris Robley talk through a 45-day timeline leading up to the launch of new music, including social media tactics, creative video ideas, how to leverage your existing audience, and much more. They’ll discuss what they see succeeding (and failing) both in their own music pursuits and amongst the CD Baby artist community they work with.

  • Building Your Brand with Amazon Music for Artists

    Amazon and Amazon Music have so much to offer the music community – artists and fans alike. From livestreaming with Twitch, harnessing your voice on Alexa, and so much more, we’ll walk you through how to use Amazon Music for Artists to tap into that potential and build your brand to support your music for the long-haul.

  • Authentic Artist Branding

    Artists are expected to be the creator of their music, persona, marketing, build a fan base, create content for socials and more, basically, artist development is all in YOUR hands. And  the core of it should be! When someone else tells the artist who to be, it doesn’t resonate with fans and it usually doesn’t resonate with the artist themselves!

    It takes 7-10 years to find your artistic voice. In this interactive session you will gain insights and processes on how to explore your identity to create your unique artistic vision and magnetic brand now.

  • YouTube Insider: Deep Dive for DIY Artists

    Want to absolutely crush it on the world’s biggest music stage? YouTube Music’s own Ted Kartzman, Maddy Rueda, and Zeeshan Merchant—some of our loudest advocates for indie artists—are excited to give you the inside scoop on YouTube’s DIY music tools, how to make money from your videos, and creative strategies to boost your views and grow your fanbase.

  • How to book yourself without an agent

    Prospecting, cold calls and emails, and fee negotiations don’t have to make you break out in a cold sweat. Learn tricks and tips that make it easier to book gigs and tours for yourself without an agent. From systems to understanding of what motivates buyers and programmers, this practical, informed by real experiences and successes session will give next steps and/or ideas on how to refine the way you approach booking shows for yourself.

  • Networking Sessions

    These are interactive sessions led by Wendy Parr, to meet your peers, your champions!

  • Building a Story Around Your Release with Erik Andersen, Director of Publicity Missing Piece Group

    Description to come.

More sessions to be announced soon!