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Friday, August 24
 

9:00am

Jam Room Presented by SHURE
Take a session break to get collaborative with other artists in the Jam Room, presented by SHURE.

Sponsors
avatar for Shure

Shure

Silver, Shure


Friday August 24, 2018 9:00am - 1:00pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

9:15am

Welcome to the DIY Musician Conference!
Speakers
avatar for Kevin Breuner

Kevin Breuner

VP of Marketing, CD Baby
Kevin Breuner has spent over 20 years working in the music business, both as an artist and an industry professional. His band Smalltown Poets' self-titled debut sold over 200,000 copies and landed a Grammy nomination plus multiple Dove Award nominations. Kevin is currently the Vice... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Maddux

Tracy Maddux

CEO, CD Baby
Tracy Maddux joined the CD Baby team in 2010 as Chief Operating Officer and became CEO in May of 2012. He has led the company during a period of rapid growth, focusing on rolling out new platforms that enable artists to self-manage their music careers, make money from their music... Read More →


Friday August 24, 2018 9:15am - 10:00am
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

10:45am

Building an Artists Team to Handle Business
All artists need a team to help them manage their business. For indie artists, it is especially important to know what these people can and should do for you, at what point in your career you need them, how much they charge, what they expect from you, and what you can do on your own. In this session, we will break it all down.

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Calhoun

Bryan Calhoun

Digital Strategy and Business Development, The Blueprint Group/Maverick Management
Music Business Toolbox author and Freeform co-founder, Bryan Calhoun has more than 25 years of experience at the nexus of technology, business and music. Currently the head of Blueprint Group (BPG)/Maverick’s Digital Strategy & Business Development, Calhoun helps foster the online... Read More →


Friday August 24, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

10:45am

Get Your Music on Spotify Playlists
Getting your music onto a popular Spotify playlist is the mdoern-day equivalent of having a hit song on the radio. It's an important step in reaching a larger following, and it can drive significant revenue. But you don't just GET a song placed in a curated Spotify playlist. Learn a clear strategy with achievable steps that will help you get the attention of prominent playlist curators.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Alexander

Charles Alexander

Digital Music Strategist, Co-Founder/Director of Strategy, Streaming Promotions/Outside the Box Music
CHARLES ALEXANDER is an independent singer-songwriter, digital strategist, artistmanager and music technology educator. He is the founder of Outside The Box Music, adigital strategy, marketing and artist services agency. He is also the director of “Rock TheNet,” a digital music... Read More →


Friday August 24, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

10:45am

Rock Your Email List: Take the Mystery Out of Mastering Email
In a world (yes, read this like that movie trailer guy) where social media algorithms are unpredictable, distractions are at an all-time high, and digital sales at an all-time low, how can one musician (you) find their tribe, build lasting relationships, and sustain their career? There’s only one answer... Email.

This workshop will break down email lists and take away the overwhelm around creating content, managing the technology, and promoting your music so that you don’t feel like a used car salesman (nothing wrong with that career choice, but it's not yours). You can be a master of your email. Your fans can feel like heroes. You can be seeing movement in your career like never before.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl B. Engelhardt

Cheryl B. Engelhardt

Composer, Singer-Songwriter, Career Coach, CBE Music | In The Key Of Success
Cheryl's got that unique combination of creative-mind-meets-critical-thinking-business-mind- meets-The-Hustle. She is a film and commercial composer with over a dozen film scores, twice as many commercial jingles, and 60+ College Humor web series scores and parody productions under... Read More →


Friday August 24, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

10:45am

12:00pm

How to Tour Europe without a Booking Agent or Label
Using tools such as Google Translate and Skype, it is quite possible to book your own European tour. Identify other international (non-European) artists who play a similar style of music, look at past European tour dates and then contact those clubs. Logistics such as how many months in advance to plan, accepting payments, renting music equipment, lodging, meals, merchandise, arranging a vehicle or cheap Euro flights, busking and non-traditional venues will all be discussed. Using a passport or tourist visa is your ticket in. Learn to approach bookers in English speaking and Non-English speaking countries alike.

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Ford

Kristen Ford

Musician. Author. Music Biz Coach
Hi! I'm a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Nashville, TN. In addition to doing music full-time solo act and with The Blu Janes, I work as a music coach and have an upcoming book on DIY touring. My dream is for everyone to leave jobs they hate and to follow their... Read More →


Friday August 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

12:00pm

Preparing Your Music for a Successful Release
Speakers
avatar for Cristina Cano

Cristina Cano

Marketing Coordinator, Musician, CD Baby
avatar for Patrick Griffin

Patrick Griffin

Label Services, CD Baby
'Griffin' has worked in many departments at CD Baby. This has allowed him to learn many aspects of the digital music world and apply them to his own musical career fronting the soul-revival rock band LeRoy Jerome and The Professionals. Since joining the strategic partnerships team... Read More →
avatar for Gary Keeney

Gary Keeney

CD Baby
avatar for Danielle King

Danielle King

Marketing Manager, CD Baby
Danielle King is the Marketing Manager at CD Baby. Danielle is responsible for the execution of marketing priorities and campaigns. She also directs CD Baby's DIY Musician Conference. Danielle has a BS in Journalism: Strategic Communication and a BA in Political Science from the University... Read More →


Friday August 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

12:00pm

Creating Music Communities sponsored by AKIMI
"Is there really any such thing as a "Do-It-Yourself" musician?" 

From Alaska to Minnesota to Nashville and beyond, grassroots music collectives are sprouting up across the country and building connections in the vital space between artists and their successful careers. Join in a diverse conversation about harnessing the power of community to create powerful new opportunities for musicians.

Discussion and take away's will include:
  • Case Studies and Strategies: Community organizing for musicians
  • The roles of local musicians, businesses, nonprofits, and governments
  • The Music Business as Community: The power of collaboration vs. "going it alone"
  • Defining "Success" amidst the chaos of the digital media age
  • Balance the isolation of the internet with real-life community action
  • Identify opportunities unique to your situation at home
  • ...and more!
(Presented by the Alaska Independent Musicians Initiative)

Speakers
avatar for Logan Crowell

Logan Crowell

Founder & President, Helping Our Music Evolve
Logan Crowell is an entrepreneur, music creator, and educator. | | He is the Founder and President of a 501c6 trade organization called Helping Our Music Evolve (HOME) that provides affordable shared workspace, production facilities, networking, education, mentorship, and other resources... Read More →
avatar for Thalia Ewing

Thalia Ewing

Nashville Is Not Just Country Music
Thalia Ewing aka Muziqueen is a native of Nashville, TN and has an extensive career in the music business for almost 20 years and includes artist management, copyright clearance, mechanical licensing, and royalty processing to name a few. She has worked for some of the biggest companies... Read More →
avatar for Michael Howard

Michael Howard

Programs Manager, AKIMI
Michael is a born-and-raised Alaskan and co-founder of the Alaska Independent Musicians Initiative, an independent project of the Northern Culture Exchange, a 501c3 organization. Working to "develop, brand, and export" Alaskan music, AKIMI is building community partnerships, organizing... Read More →
avatar for Alex Mallett

Alex Mallett

Folk Alliance International
avatar for Ellen Stanley

Ellen Stanley

Executive Director, MN Music Coalition

Sponsors
avatar for AKIMI

AKIMI

Silver, AKIMI


Friday August 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

2:00pm

2:30pm

Get Your Networking and Conference Super Powers Here!
Are you new to going to conferences? Wondering how to make the best connections while here? Come learn from conference attendee gladiator Dmitri "Crazy Pants" Vietze. He'll share his tips for how to get the most out of your DIY Con experience and any other future conferences you attend. You'll walk out with a clear set of goals for the rest of the conference, five ways to meet more people, and a handful of tips for being more visible just by being more you than you are now. Plus you'll have fun and meet some fellow attendees in the process.

Speakers
avatar for Dmitri  Vietze

Dmitri Vietze

CEO, rock paper scissors, inc.
music tech PR. We represent BuzzAngle, CD Baby, LyricFind, Project Music, Songfreedom, and many other music tech companies.global music. We work with bands from all over the world and handle PR for NYC's globalFEST.crazy pants. You will know them when you see them.


Friday August 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

2:30pm

Touring Strategy for Independent Artists
In this session Agent Aaron Tannenbaum will discuss the strategy behind building a successful live touring business. He will be answering your questions on how often to play, which markets to hit, the types of venues to target, what talent buyers are looking for, and how to get on an agent’s radar. 

Moderators
avatar for Tony van Veen

Tony van Veen

CEO, AVL Digital (Disc Makers/CD Baby)
Tony van VEen is CEO and president of AVL Digital Group, the parent company of CD Baby and Disc Makers. He has been at the forefront of empowering artists to release, distribute, and promote their own music. Tony oversaw the growth of Disc Makers from a small vinyl pressing plant... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Tannenbaum

Aaron Tannenbaum

Music Agent, Creative Artists Agency
Aaron Tannenbaum is a Music Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Tannenbaum is based in the Nashville office and represents many of the world’s leading musicians, including Aaron Watson, Brantley Gilbert, Canaan Smith, Luke Combs, Martina... Read More →


Friday August 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

2:30pm

Jam Room Presented by SHURE
Take a session break to get collaborative with other artists in the Jam Room, presented by SHURE.

Sponsors
avatar for Shure

Shure

Silver, Shure


Friday August 24, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

3:45pm

Creating a Great Show Without a Band
Come see this hands-on workshop session for solo artists/vocalists, duos, singer/songwriters. Tom will teach specific performance skills for these artists. Watch as he demonstrates these skills by putting artists on stage to work through performance issues unique to this group of musicians.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson

Live Music Producer, Tom Jackson Productions, LLC
Live music producer, Tom Jackson, is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist's live show into one that is engaging and memorable. Tom has taught indie and major artists of every genre. He has worked with Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, Home Free, The Tenors, Le Crae, Francesca... Read More →


Friday August 24, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

3:45pm

How to Become a Social Media Rockstar
Do you have grand ideas for your music but only have a shoestring budget? Do you wonder which social media channels you should actually use? This workshop discusses best practices with direct tips so that you can enchant, delight, and create authentic messages that will turn followers into your biggest fans. If you want to know how to create viral content, where you should upload video, or want to know how to “hack” underutilized channels, then you won’t want to miss this workshop!

Speakers
avatar for Simon Tam

Simon Tam

Founder/Bassist, The Slants
Simon Tam is an author, musician, activist, and self-proclaimed troublemaker. | | He is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band. His work has been highlighted in over 3,000 media features across 150 countries... Read More →


Friday August 24, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
 
Saturday, August 25
 

9:00am

Jam Room Presented by SHURE
Take a session break to get collaborative with other artists in the Jam Room, presented by SHURE.

Sponsors
avatar for Shure

Shure

Silver, Shure


Saturday August 25, 2018 9:00am - 12:45pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

9:15am

Digital Music Marketing in a Direct-To-Fan World
In this in-depth workshop, veteran Berklee Online instructor Jay Coyle will teach you the four pillars of effective marketing campaigns --- the “secret sauce” to all online direct-to-fan efforts. You will learn all of the best-in-class tools to build and execute your fan-focused efforts. After this workshop, you will be well on your way to becoming an online marketing expert for your own projects, a key skill in creating a sustainable music career. 

Speakers
avatar for Jay Coyle

Jay Coyle

Founder, Music Geek Services
A life-long music geek, Jay can still recall riding in the family station wagon listening to the AM hits of the early 70’s and tuning into Casey Kasem every week to be exposed to the new singles of the day. Jay started reaching for his own stars at the age of 7 with the purchase... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Berklee

Berklee

Berklee


Saturday August 25, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

9:15am

Strategic Brand Partnerships for the Independent Artist
In this session Agents Megan Sykes and Emily Wright will discuss strategic partnerships and how independent artists can work to authentically integrate sponsors into their brands. They will be touching on points like how to build your appeal to brands, how to price and protect yourself in a partnership, and advising on the many forms sponsorships and endorsements can take in today’s landscape.
 

Speakers
avatar for Megan Sykes

Megan Sykes

Music Brand Partnership Agent, Creative Artists Agency
Megan Sykes is a Music Brand Partnerships Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Sykes works in the Nashville office and helps develop innovative partnerships between artists and corporate brands that go above and beyond traditional tour sponsorships... Read More →
avatar for Emily Wright

Emily Wright

Sponsorship Agent, Creative Artists Agency
Emily Wright is a Music Brand Partnerships Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Wright works in the Nashville office where she helps develop unique partnerships between artists and brands that create innovative opportunities for clients... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

9:15am

Which Social Platform is Best for You?
An essential ingredient of success for any DIY artist is maintaining control over one’s vision and voice. There is a common perception in the music industry that artists are relinquishing this control to big-tech platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple and Amazon that increasingly mediate music’s distribution, promotion and monetization. While each platform does have its own distinct audience base and operates on its own rules for displaying and distributing content, this can actually be a benefit rather than a threat to artists, as they can study and choose such platforms strategically to reach the right fans and audiences in a way that services and augments their creative goals, rather than chasing mass distribution blindly. This seminar will give DIY artists and their teams a deep-dive into the unique strengths and mechanics of different online platforms, and how to leverage these mechanics effectively to grow an artist’s reach and community meaningfully, without sacrificing the artist’s creative vision.

Speakers
avatar for Cherie Hu

Cherie Hu

Cherie Hu is an entrepreneurial journalist passionate about documenting and propelling innovation in music, media and entertainment.In September 2017, she received the Reeperbahn Festival's inaugural award for Music Business Journalist of the Year. She currently works on  colum... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

9:15am

Your Recordings = Your Royalties sponsored by SoundExchange
Speakers
avatar for Linda Bloss-Baum

Linda Bloss-Baum

Senior Director, Artist and Industry Relations, SoundExchange
Linda Bloss-Baum is the Sr. Director of Industry Relations at SoundExchange. In that role, she drives awareness and visibility for SoundExchange across multiple channels related to performance and music entertainment. Prior to joining SoundExchange, Bloss-Baum served as an independent... Read More →

Sponsors
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SoundExchange

SoundExchange


Saturday August 25, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

9:15am

10:30am

Breaking Down Publishing: Your Rights, Your Money
Speakers
avatar for Jon Bahr

Jon Bahr

VP, Creator Services, CD Baby
Jon Bahr serves as the VP of Creator Services at leading independent music distributor and artist services company, CD Baby. Bahr leads CD Baby’s Artist Relations, Music Service Relations, Publishing administration unit - which represents more than 900,000 compositions for over... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

10:30am

How to Destroy Writer's Block
Your best songs are hiding in plain sight. Utilizing the Shane Adams Quickfire Songwriting Method (and the inspiration of a favorite song) you will learn to unearth 30-40 brilliant titles/lyrics/song-ideas in less than the time it takes to change guitar strings. Don't miss this opportunity to destroy writer's block from your life. This will be a hands-on workshop, bring a top-10 list of your favorite songs and something to write with 

Speakers
avatar for Shane Adams

Shane Adams

Grammy Nominated artist, founding instructor, Berklee Online, Berklee Online, Artist Accelerator
Shane is president of Artist Accelerator and is a founding instructor for Berklee Online, where he has taught lyric writing and songwriting. Shane is a featured songwriter and instructor for the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. He co-developed... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Berklee

Berklee

Berklee


Saturday August 25, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

10:30am

Making Your Rough Recordings Anything but “Rough”
A rough recording can do so much more than just capture the melody and lyric of your latest song. Caring about all facets of the songwriting and recording process, not only helps you present your songs in the best light but marks you as the kind of professional songwriter that people take seriously. Join seasoned songwriter and industry pro Cliff Goldmacher as he discusses the what, why and how of rough recordings as well as some concrete practical approaches to making your rough recordings as polished as possible.

Speakers
avatar for Cliff Goldmacher

Cliff Goldmacher

Songwriter-Music Producer-Educator
In the music business for over twenty-five years, Cliff Goldmacher is a songwriter, producer, engineer, author and owner of recording studios in Nashville, Tennessee and Sonoma, California. A multi-instrumentalist and session musician, Cliff has recorded, played on and produced thousands... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Shure

Shure

Silver, Shure


Saturday August 25, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

10:30am

How to Run Effective FB Ads for $1 a Day
If you want to finally understand how to use the FB Ads, the most powerful tool available, join Rick Barker in what will be one of the most eye opening and ah ha moments of the conference. He will demonstrate live how to run effective FB ads for just $1 a day. He will also teach you how to run “Sequential Marketing Video Ads” a strategy being implemented by Million Dollar Brands.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Barker

Rick Barker

N/A, Music Industry Blueprint
I help people understand the New Music Business. I love to talk about fan engagement and social media....


Saturday August 25, 2018 10:30am - 11:30pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

11:45am

Pitch Us Your Song
What do music supervisors and producers think of your music? Come listen as industry pros play and review select recordings of the CD Baby audience. Get into the heads of these decision makers while they audition songs before out live conference audience.

Moderators
avatar for Bob Boilen

Bob Boilen

Host/Creator NPR's All Songs Considered, National Public Radio
I am the creator and host of NPR's music's All Songs Considered.I also host a series of concerts at my desk called Tiny Desk Concerts.I also make music under the moniker Danger Painters with Michael Barron

Speakers
avatar for Ade Ariyo

Ade Ariyo

CEO/Owner, Music Blvd Group
Ade Ariyo is the CEO/Owner of the giant music licensing company, Music Blvd Group and music training institute, My Music In Film and TV. As recognized by Billboard Magazine as "One Breaking Boundaries", the Music Supervisor and music veteran and industry expert consistently shares... Read More →
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Hilary Saunders

Managing Editor, No Depression
Hilary Saunders is the Managing Editor at No Depression, a quarterly, ad-free, long-form journal on roots music published by the 501(c)(3) FreshGrass Foundation. In this role, she oversees the editorial content and production of the journal, while helping maintain a robust digital... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

2:00pm

Fair Use and Copyright Abuse: How Blurred Lines, Led Zeppelin & Drake Are Changing Music Copyright Law
Join Berklee Online course author and instructor Dr. E. Michael Harrington as he outlines the current laws regarding copyright, sampling, co-writing, licensing, and more. After attending this workshop, you'll be better equipped with the knowledge needed to both protect your own songs and avoid infringing on the copyrights, trademarks, and intellectual property of other songwriters. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. E. Michael Harrington

Dr. E. Michael Harrington

Author/Professor, Berklee Online
Dr. E. Michael Harrington is a professor in music copyright and intellectual property matters, having lectured at many law schools, organizations, and music conferences throughout North America. Michael has worked as a consultant and expert witness in hundreds of music copyright... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Berklee

Berklee

Berklee


Saturday August 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

2:00pm

Let's Just Write: A Songwriting Workshop (Part 1)
Whenever I try to write a song, I can’t. I fear the blank page What do I write about? Where do I begin? Have I written it before? Will it suck? So, I have to trick myself. We will do a combination of stream of consciousness writing, games, assignments and collaborations.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule is a Denver-born, critically acclaimed, singer-writer with over 11 albums and more than two decades of recording and performing. Jill’s self-titled 1995 self-titled album proved a major popular breakthrough and included the hit singles “Supermodel” (featured in Clueless... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

2:00pm

DIY Recording: Demystifying Recording Techniques for Musicians sponsored by Izotope
What does Alexa, Nest, and Spotify have to do with professional recording? With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), music recording is taking a huge leap forward allowing technology to be difference between magic and musical mayhem. But will it squash creativity or unleash it? Dr. Colin Thurmond, musicologist and historian, will bring his in-depth perspective of music history and technology to this workshop. Join this interactive experience where we track emerging trends that empower DIY content creators, make a live recording record, and discover techniques for recording both acoustic guitar and vocals. 

Speakers
avatar for Colin Thurmond

Colin Thurmond

Product Marketing, iZotope
I'm a musician and musicologist really interested in the intersection of music, history, and technology. Come talk to me about recording, emerging industry trends, songwriting, and anything to do with Bill Evans.

Sponsors

Saturday August 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

2:00pm

2:00pm

Jam Room Presented by SHURE
Take a session break to get collaborative with other artists in the Jam Room, presented by SHURE.

Sponsors
avatar for Shure

Shure

Silver, Shure


Saturday August 25, 2018 2:00pm - 6:30pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

3:15pm

Let's Just Write: A Songwriting Workshop (Part 2)
Whenever I try to write a song, I can’t. I fear the blank page What do I write about? Where do I begin? Have I written it before? Will it suck? So, I have to trick myself. We will do a combination of stream of consciousness writing, games, assignments and collaborations.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule is a Denver-born, critically acclaimed, singer-writer with over 11 albums and more than two decades of recording and performing. Jill’s self-titled 1995 self-titled album proved a major popular breakthrough and included the hit singles “Supermodel” (featured in Clueless... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

3:15pm

Band:Smart - How to Make an Extra $100k Next Year!
Using his new book Band:Smart, Martin Atkins will offer tangible strategies and advice for independent artists that will translate into $100,000 in additional revenue over the next year. From changes in mindset and strategy to booking yourself, playing more than seven shows per week (instead of five), merchandising ideas, growing and leveraging a fan base, and touring more efficiently, Atkins’ advice embraces the uphill battle that everyone in the industry faces. Always true to his, “Welcome to the Music Business- You’re F*cked” mentality, you are rest-assured this session will make a strong impact on your bottom line.

In today's digitally-focused world, Atkins real-world advice has never been more relevant.

Speakers
avatar for Martin Atkins

Martin Atkins

Martin Atkins is the definition of entrepreneurial activity in cultural arts endeavors, his 30+ years in the music business spans across genres, borders and industries.He was a member of Public Image Ltd and Killing Joke. He founded industrial supergroup Pigface, The Damage Manual... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

3:15pm

Successful Release Strategies in a Streaming World - DIY Musician Podcast
Speakers
avatar for Kevin Breuner

Kevin Breuner

VP of Marketing, CD Baby
Kevin Breuner has spent over 20 years working in the music business, both as an artist and an industry professional. His band Smalltown Poets' self-titled debut sold over 200,000 copies and landed a Grammy nomination plus multiple Dove Award nominations. Kevin is currently the Vice... Read More →
avatar for Chris Robley

Chris Robley

Editor, Songwriter, Cookie-Eater, CD Baby
Chris Robley is the editor of CD Baby’s DIY Musician Blog, and has worked in various capacities for the industry-leading distributor for more than a dozen years. He is also an award-winning poet and songwriter, whose gothic Indie-Pop and mill-town Americana has been praised by The LA Times, KCRW, No Depression, Performer, and more. The Willamette Week called Robley’s music, “Beatlesy goodness featuring deft wordplay delivered through McCartneyish melodies with a Lennonesque rasp... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

3:15pm

4:30pm

Live Band Makeover
Learn skills and techniques to create one-of-a-kind moments in your live performance and for capturing and engageing your audience. Learn to meet and exceed your audience's expectations. Watch as Tom transforms a band's live performance.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson

Live Music Producer, Tom Jackson Productions, LLC
Live music producer, Tom Jackson, is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist's live show into one that is engaging and memorable. Tom has taught indie and major artists of every genre. He has worked with Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, Home Free, The Tenors, Le Crae, Francesca... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
 
Sunday, August 26
 

9:30am

How to Sing and Not Suck: Unlocking Your Vocal Power Onstage
You know you’re a good singer, but do you have what it takes to be GREAT? Let Celebrity Vocal Coach Cari Cole show you the vocal performance techniques you can use onstage to instantly transform your voice! Sound like a pretty big claim? You’ll be able to hear the difference for yourself as Cari works with several artists from the audience in a LIVE demonstration. A few subtle changes can make all the difference in the power, clarity, and resonance of your voice -- and a killer vocal is sure to turn heads from fans and industry alike!

Speakers
avatar for Cari Cole

Cari Cole

CEO/Founder, Cari Cole Voice & Music Co.
Cari Cole is one of the most respected and in-demand Celebrity Vocal Coaches, Artist Development Experts and New Music Business Mentors in the industry. She has worked with some of the biggest names in music. Her client list includes multiple Grammy winners, legendary rock stars... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

9:30am

Making the Most of Press: How to Land Placements & Generate New Fans
As a DIY band, learning how the ins and outs of how to pitch media, secure press for your band, and properly promote and leverage that press to secure more opportunities is one of the most powerful skills you can aquire.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Mastrogiacomo

Angela Mastrogiacomo

CEO, Muddy Paw PR and Infectious Magazine
Angela Mastrogiacomo is the founder and CEO of Muddy Paw PR and Infectious Magazine. She's also a contributor to Soundfly, Sonicbids, Substream, and TuneCore, among others. Muddy Paw clients have seen placements on Alternative Press, Noisey, Substream, and more. She loves baked goods... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

9:30am

Jam Room Presented by SHURE
Take a session break to get collaborative with other artists in the Jam Room, presented by SHURE.

Sponsors
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Shure

Silver, Shure


Sunday August 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

9:30am

10:45am

Building Your List and Spotify Followers with Show.co
Speakers
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Kevin Breuner

VP of Marketing, CD Baby
Kevin Breuner has spent over 20 years working in the music business, both as an artist and an industry professional. His band Smalltown Poets' self-titled debut sold over 200,000 copies and landed a Grammy nomination plus multiple Dove Award nominations. Kevin is currently the Vice... Read More →
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Chris Robley

Editor, Songwriter, Cookie-Eater, CD Baby
Chris Robley is the editor of CD Baby’s DIY Musician Blog, and has worked in various capacities for the industry-leading distributor for more than a dozen years. He is also an award-winning poet and songwriter, whose gothic Indie-Pop and mill-town Americana has been praised by The LA Times, KCRW, No Depression, Performer, and more. The Willamette Week called Robley’s music, “Beatlesy goodness featuring deft wordplay delivered through McCartneyish melodies with a Lennonesque rasp... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

10:45am

From Sideman to CEO (How a Self Made Musician Can Stay Employed)
This seminar will not only show you how to get "the gig", but also how to keep it. In addition, showing how versatility with not only your playing, but other revenue streams to keep you employed off the road as well as throughout your career. The business side of music will be explained as it pertains to a self employed musician and how to navigate some of the challenges faced. 

Moderators
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Patrick Griffin

Label Services, CD Baby
'Griffin' has worked in many departments at CD Baby. This has allowed him to learn many aspects of the digital music world and apply them to his own musical career fronting the soul-revival rock band LeRoy Jerome and The Professionals. Since joining the strategic partnerships team... Read More →

Speakers
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Damon Grant

Percussionist/Podcaster/Clinician
From Sideman to CEO (How a Self Made Musician, Can Stay Employed) | This seminar will not only show you how to get "the gig", but also how to keep it. In addition, showing how versatility with not only your playing, but other revenue streams to keep you employed off the road as well... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

10:45am

How to Pay Off your House with Streaming Revenue
This session will be a detailed process of what Lance did to get onto major Spotify playlists and stay on there, generating an average of $5000 additional monthly income. Other streaming services such as Pandora, Apple Music, and Youtube will be discussed alongside a health dose of self-marketing tips and staying motivated.

Speakers
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Lance Allen

Artist
Lance Allen is a world class finger-style guitarist. His arrangements have been heard world wide on all streaming services. Lance also teaches guitar globally using Skype. Lance's big break began when his music was included on the Spotify playlist, Acoustic Concentration. Now his... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

1:00pm

Closing Statement with Tony van Veen and Conference Staff
Speakers
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Tony van Veen

CEO, AVL Digital (Disc Makers/CD Baby)
Tony van VEen is CEO and president of AVL Digital Group, the parent company of CD Baby and Disc Makers. He has been at the forefront of empowering artists to release, distribute, and promote their own music. Tony oversaw the growth of Disc Makers from a small vinyl pressing plant... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Omni Nashville Hotel 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA