THE LICENSING GAME

By Grayce Moran. To be successful at any game, you’ll need a strategy. As Cathy Heller said in her recent article on CD Baby, “You will hit your goals faster if you prepare for them.” And, with hundreds of TV shows and films purchasing the rights to her songs, she seems to be a pro…

MEET THE BAND:VYNYL

By Tyren Woods. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This age old phrase encapsulates the story of Vynyl as the band competed for, and won Denver’s Hometown for the Holidays competition. Having made it all the way to the final three bands in years past, they knew what they needed to put…

Students Rush Artist’s Tour Booth

By Angelica Herrera. It was lunch time on Wednesday in Detroit and students at Renaissance High rushed Inconsistent Me’s (Brendan) booth.  “Sign my forehead!” a fan screamed. Only Brendan’s lavender hair could be seen from the masses of students huddled around trying to get something signed — a fan photo, their phone cases, their arms and other random body…

It Takes A Team To Rock Your Dream

By Grayce Moran. If you are looking to kickstart your music career but aren’t sure where to begin, the Rock the Dream (RTD) Mentorship Program is the place for you. Take it from one of our current students, Cello, who appreciates RTD’s structured environment and believes that, “no matter how experienced an artist may be,…

Putting It All Online

By Tyren Woods. Today, a solid social media presence is just as important to artists as putting out new music. One of the first places people go to find new music is online. Green Kite’s artist, Inconsistent Me, is learning just how influential this tool can be. People gravitate towards musicians that they relate to, so by creating…

Does Working With A Multi-Platinum Producer Affect Your Music?

By Kerry Oliver. GKR artist Emric has been working with multi-platinum producer Loren Israel for six months and is ready to jump into the studio to record his new EP, which will release in the spring of 2020. The million dollar question for most any artist is “does working with a producer who has multiple Billboard hits…

The 10 Best Strategies For Releasing A Single

By Angelica Herrera. Your freshly recorded single is so impressive, you have already envisioned yourself selling out multiple shows at Madison Square Garden surrounded by thousands of screaming fans. Snap out of it . . . Back to reality – What do you do next?? Before launching that single on all the streaming platforms and…

Artist Mentorship For Everyone Is Here!

If you are an artist and need help navigating through the music industry, help is here. The biggest need that most struggling bands and artists have discovered is — it takes a TEAM! Rock The Dream charity has recently launched a Test Mentorship Program, which will allow 10 artists/bands one free month experience using its…

Choosing A Band Name: A Rose By Any Other Name?

By Brittany Morrison. CD Baby Podcasters Kevin Breuner and Chris Robley gave great advice on how to choose a timeless band name. For instance, choose one that fits your genre, and make sure that it will stand out. According to the two podcasters, it’s best to choose a band or artist name that is short,…

And The Winner Is…

By Dan Lee. Hundreds of people gathered around the Tempe Marketplace District Stage on a hot August afternoon for the much-anticipated Summer Variety Show. An array of talented singers, dancers, and other performers entertained this crowd while helping to benefit the Rock The Dream Charity. The featured performer, Emric, ended the show with his soulful…

99% Strategy – Releasing Your Music

By Megan Barnett. So, you have just finished the process of recording your song. It’s great and you want to share it with the world but are afraid of your sound getting lost in the void that is the music industry. Of course, there are the major streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, etc.) but…

How Important Is Artist Professionalism? Extremely!

By Brittany Morrison. What is one of the worst ways to taint your music career? A lack of artist professionalism. There are things serious artists should and should not do when pursuing a successful career in the music industry. It’s not just about the music.  The music world tends to house unnecessary amounts of drama….

Industry Networking At Its Best

By Angelica Herrera. Picture this . . . you are baking in a 110-degree room, waiting patiently to get your music heard by a multiplatinum A&R Consultant to major labels. Twelve lucky bands, artists, producers and music enthusiasts recently sweated happily through the 2019 Meet n’ Greet at Fifty One West in Tempe, AZ, to…