YouTube Music rolling out today (and other YouTube news)

YouTube Music rolling out today (and other YouTube news)

We’ve got a pretty full month of YouTube news to cover, so let’s start from the top… Have you abused YouTube’s community guidelines? If so, we’ll need you to come to the front of the class and write “I will not abuse community guidelines” one hundred times on the chalkboard. Also, revisit YouTube’s guidelines HERE …

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How to make money from your music on Facebook

How to make money from your music on Facebook

CD Baby has partnered with Facebook to monetize your music across the still-dominant social media platform, plus Instagram and Oculus. If you’re an independent artist, label, or songwriter, CD Baby has got you covered: you’ll earn money from all three of those platforms. What do I need to do to earn money for my music on Facebook? …

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TELL YOUR FANS: 1¢ shipping on 3 or more CDs at CD Baby (between November 15th and December 31st)!

TELL YOUR FANS: 1¢ shipping on 3 or more CDs at CD Baby (between November 15th and December 31st)!

‘Tis the season – the perfect time to give the gift of great independent music: YOUR music! And here’s a sweet holiday treat for your fans and loved ones: When they purchase 3 or more CDs or vinyl records from CD Baby between Thursday, November 15th and Monday, December 31st, we’ll ship them all for a …

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What to do if your artist name is similar to another band name (Trademark 101 for Musicians)

What to do if your artist name is similar to another band name (Trademark 101 for Musicians)

[This article was written by Katelyn Kindberg. It should not be taken as legal advice. For help with your trademark concerns, please consult with your lawyer.] Here’s an actual band-name scenario that a reader of this blog asked us about: What if there’s a slightly older, but even more obscure band called “Madcrowd,” and your …

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Who Owns Your Music Publishing Rights, & How are the Royalties Split?

Who Owns Your Music Publishing Rights, & How are the Royalties Split?

If you’re a songwriter, a composer, a lyricist, or anyone else who creates original music, and you’ve not signed a deal with a music publishing company — YOU own your music publishing rights! What are your music publishing rights exactly? Well, you get to determine how the musical copyright to a song you’ve written (meaning …

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"Hey Alexa, please compete with Spotify and Apple Music"

“Hey Alexa, please compete with Spotify and Apple Music”

Spotify is the buzz-creating giant of music streaming. Apple Music is the solid service where EVERY user is a paid subscriber. And Amazon Music… … has quietly been plotting against the others. Don’t put all your eggs in the Spotify basket. I say quietly plotting because the news has largely ignored Amazon as a major …

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Watch full sessions from the 2018 DIY Musician Conference

Watch full sessions from the 2018 DIY Musician Conference

Didn’t make it to the DIY Musician Conference? Didn’t catch the livestreams? No problem: Check out this YouTube playlist where we’ve archived a bunch of sessions that happened on the ballroom stage at the Omni in Nashville, TN. Take notes. Get inspired. Do the work. The video playlist above contains a ton of great information, …

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Does my producer deserve publishing and songwriting credit?

Does my producer deserve publishing and songwriting credit?

If you create original music and haven’t signed your publishing rights away, YOU are your own publisher and YOU own your publishing. You are owed publishing royalties for the usage of your composition — the “composition” being the structural elements (melody and lyrics) that underlie any particular recording of the song. But as you turn …

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