CD Baby Taking its DIY Musician Conference to Austin in August

CD Baby has announced that it is bringing its annual DIY Musician Conference to Austin, TX from Aug. 16-18, 2019. Organizers expect around 1,500 musicians of all ages, career stages, and backgrounds to fill Austin's downtown Hilton. They will take in engaging, actionable presentations by people like them, people who have worked for years to get music heard and to build fanbases. CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference spans three days of intensive, celebratory interaction and learning, designed, organizers say, not to give a platform to industry talking heads, but to give artists the tools they need to change their creative lives and careers.

This year, the conference is moving from Nashville to Austin, to connect with a fresh community of musicians in another deeply musical city. The presentations, workshops, mentoring sessions, and jam rooms will be waiting for musicians.

“CD Baby pays close attention to what our artists need,” says Kevin Breuner of CD Baby. “We know they are often hungry for a real plan of action, for helpful advice and encouragement, not for another panel on abstract business issues facing major labels.” The focus is on accessible, actionable ideas and tips that work for musicians at a variety of career crossroads, meaningful takeaways that energize and transform.

“The magnitude of this experience has been amazing. It exceeded my expectations beyond belief,” says indie-soul singer-songwriter AHI. “Bob Boilen said I was his favourite new discovery. I’m on clouds. The DIY Musician Conference changed my life.” Boilen, the host and creator of NPR's All Things Considered, went on to invite AHI for a Tiny Desk Concert.

This year’s edition will take full advantage of Austin’s quirky, rootsy music scene, bringing in artists, presenters, and other participants that reflect the city’s idiosyncratic creativity and charm.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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