CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference offers relevant, targeted info for indie artists
The DIY Musician Conference presented by CD Baby will take placece on September 30 - October 2, 2016 at Chicago’s Congress Plaza Hotel, Sponsored by GigSalad and Berklee Online. The event was created specifically to give independent artists tools, skills, and ideas they can take home and implement instantly.
This second edition will also include high-energy talks, carefully curated panels, and useful workshops by artists and music industry pros. Kevin Breuner, VP of Marketing as CD Baby explained:
We’ve asked a lot of artists what they need and want more of, and have designed the program with this in mind. We’ve included more workshops and one-on-one mentoring. The conference isn’t about a big-name speaker talking in general terms, or about information that is more geared toward managers or label execs. This is about content that people can use right away to move their careers forward. It’s about strong takeaways.
This year’s keynotes include Jack Conte, one of the driving forces behind Pomplamoose and founder of artist funding platform Patreon. Other topics include the art and craft of songwriting, with Grammy-nominated writer Steve Seskin whose songs have been recorded by and scored chart hits for Waylon Jennings, Alabama, Peter Frampton, and Tim McGraw, among others. In-demand fashion and commercial photographer Becky Yee will share tips on how to get great band photos, and will work with artists at a special photo booth, with shots artists can take home with them.
Topics will range from managing the creative process to booking a house concert tour, from putting on a stronger live show (the live band makeover with veteran manager Tom Jackson) to diving into sync, publishing, and streaming revenues. In addition, Berklee Online, the premier platform for online music and music business education, will curate several panels.