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DIY Musician Podcast

DIY Musician Podcast

Making music has never been easier, but building a music career today is altogether different. Finding the right audience for your music takes an entrepreneurial mindset, a lot of hard work, and a willingness to experiment. The DIY Musician Podcast features interviews with artists of all styles and backgrounds who?ve found a unique but authentic pathway to success, as well as in-depth discussions with music publicists, promoters, lawyers, publishers, talent buyers, and more. This podcast is geared towards independent musicians who want to build a sustainable music career without giving up (too much) financial or creative control. Hosts Kevin and Chris work with hundreds of thousands of artists at CD Baby, and are actively releasing and promoting their own music too; they're part of the same community they?re helping to educate and encourage with each new episode.

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#287: The new rules for cover art

The new rules for album art: Contrary to the old idiom, people DO judge a book by its cover. And the same goes for music. If your release?s cover artwork is blurry, unnecessarily cluttered or just downright ugly, it could put off potential fans before they even click ?Play.? In Part 1 of our 3-part series on cover art, we warn artists about some common mistakes, as well as provide guidelines you want to follow so your distribution goes smoothly.
2022-01-19
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#286: Music predictions for 2022

Given that there?s no ONE path to success these days, CD Baby has made sure to empower artists in a myriad of ways: digital music revenue, publishing administration, sync licensing, physical manufacturing and distribution, social video monetization, label services, and more. That?s a LOT of the music industry right there. Which also means we have a lot of experts in-house who are shaping the present with an eye to the future. In this episode, Kevin and Chris discuss what their predictions were for the music business in 2022, particularly as it relates to independent artists. Do you have a prediction to share?
2022-01-10
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#285: What independent musicians can learn from The Beatles' Get Back

It may feel like there are few applicable lessons to learn from the unrivaled career of The Beatles. They were icons. They were giants. They were... mere mortals? Yep. Humans, just like the rest of us working musicians ? bouncing between frustration and inspiration, struggling against their own flaws. And Peter Jackson's recent 8-hour documentary 'Get Back' lays that bare. In this podcast episode, Chris and Cristina unpack the many universal lessons that creative people should learn after watching the Beatles' process unfold in both catastrophic and triumphant ways.

2021-12-29
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#284: Releasing music for the first time

Are you planning to release your first song? Or... your first song in a while? Let's talk about all the things you'll need and need to know to ensure your music gets out there as quickly and efficiently as possible.
2021-12-20
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#284: Releasing music for the first time

Are you planning to release your first song? Or... your first song in a while? Let's talk about all the things you'll need and need to know to ensure your music gets out there as quickly and efficiently as possible.
2021-12-20
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#283: Bryan Ewald: Artist endorsements and diversifying revenue

Even megastars "piece it together." Ticket sales, merch, streaming, publishing, appearances, sponsorships, the list goes on. But how can a DIY musician earn a living via a diversified revenue stream that includes production, session work, and teaching? And how do you score a major endorsement deal at the indie level? In this episode, Kevin interviews Brian Ewald about with Paul Reed Smith Guitars endorsement and all his various endeavors that keep a full time musician.

2021-11-30
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#282: Band Vs. Solo Artist - How You Make Decisions

One decision, whether to go solo or work with a group, can have a huge impact on how you make, market, and monetize your music. In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk through some of the differences and similarities between those two alternate paths for your music career. Plus listener questions.   Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com
2021-11-22
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#281: E-commerce 101 for musicians

What separates full-time from part-time musicians often comes down to merch sales ? not just at gigs, but ONLINE too. Do you have YOUR e-commerce game dialed in? Are you profitably selling shirts, hats, CDs, vinyl, mugs, posters, books, and VIP experiences to your website visitors and social followers? In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk through the foundations of e-commerce for musicians.
2021-10-28
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#280: Jackie Venson - Adapting for success

In this episode, which was recorded at the 2021 virtual DIY Musician Conference, Jackie Venson details how she adapted for continued success during the uncertain times brought on by the pandemic. Not only has she maintained her career trajectory, but it has thrived in new ways she didn't expect.

2021-10-20
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#279: Productivity hacks for musicians

As a DIY artist, you need to manage every aspect of your music creation and marketing. At the same time, your audience's attention span is shortening, so you feel the pressure to be MORE productive than ever. It can be a grind. So how do get things done, on time, every time, without burning out? In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk 10 productivity hacks for independent musicians. Plus, they answer listener calls and questions.   Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com
2021-09-10
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#278: 10 music videos you should be making right now

As a musician today, your VIDEO presence is likely what has the most impact on your ability to reach new listeners and engage your fans. So you need a steady flow of good video content. In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk through some video ideas that will help you stay inspired, get videos published on a realistic timeline, and (most importantly) help you build your following.   Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com
2021-08-18
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#277: Tips for getting back on the stage in 2021

Are you ready, like REALLY ready, for the return of live gigs? In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk about what artists should (and shouldn't) be doing to make the most of the return to concerts and touring. Plus listener calls and emails.   Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com
2021-07-18
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#276: How I grew my Spotify monthly listeners over 2,000%!

Growth on Spotify. We all want it. And there are a hundred online courses teaching you how to run PAID traffic to boost your streams. But Siren & the Sea grew their monthly listeners on Spotify by more than 2000% WITHOUT running ads ? using only email and organic posts on Instagram. In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk to Cristina Cano of Siren & the Sea about her creative social content, her playlist pitching, and more.   Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com
2021-06-21
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#275: How you know when you're ready?

DIY musicians don't actually want to do it all themselves. Nor should they! BUT... there's a right time and wrong time to grow your team, take a big risk, or attempt the next big thing. In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk through some criteria for knowing when you're ready for the next step in your career.   Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com
2021-06-01
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#274: Create the perfect release plan

We have big dreams whenever we releases new music ? more fans, more money, more recognition. But there's a difference between a goal and a wish. In this episode, Kevin and Chris provide a detailed framework for your next release that will help you get actual results. Plus listeners calls and emails.   Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com  
2021-05-10
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#273: 6 Music Trends that are wasting your time

As musicians, our most valuable resource is time. Yet we often spend that time on things that don't matter. Or that won't help us achieve our actual goals of growing and engaging with our fanbase. In this episode, Chris and Kevin discuss six common or trendy things that musicians waste their time on. Plus, answers to listener calls and emails.   Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com
2021-04-07
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#272: The state of music streaming

The State of Streaming: CD Baby artist's revenue increased 26% in 2020 over the previous year. What music platforms drove the most revenue? What does today's fractured listening environment mean for your music promotion? In this episode, Kevin and Chris discuss the data and the story the numbers tell.

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2021-03-11
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#271: Musicians guide to YouTube

Can musicians succeed on YouTube if they're not "YouTubers?" Yes, though there are many lessons musicians should learn from creators who use YouTube as it's intended ? managing a video channel with consistent programming. In this episode, Kevin and Chris discuss those best-practices, YouTube promotion tips, and how audio content is monetized on the biggest music platform in the world.

2021-02-19
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#270: What every artist is asking

Every musician's path is unique, but a lot of times we're all wondering the same thing. How to reach new listeners during a pandemic? How to make sure our single releases build towards the album? What's the best way to brand our music? Etc. In this episode, Kevin and Chris tackle some common listener questions at the start of 2021.

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2021-02-03
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#269: Getting your music promotion in order for 2021

It's a new year with many challenges still facing artist as they try to connect with music fans during a global pandemic. Take heart! Indie artists have always lead the charge when it comes to music promotion innovation and adapting to tough circumstances. In this episode, Kevin and Chris discuss what you'll need in order to make 2021 your best year yet!

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2021-01-13
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#268: How to release your music in 2021

The way artists release music completely changed in 2020. As we approach 2021, artists are asking what is the right balance between singles and albums? How do you target and engage new listeners in the streaming world? Kevin and Chris answer these questions and more.

2020-12-04
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#267: Cheryl B. Engelhardt - Organizing your fans to reach a goal

Whether you're launching a new album, promoting a livestream, or trying to shoot for something bigger like a Grammy nomination, getting your fans onboard can be a challenge. In this episode you'll hear how Cheryl B. Engelhardt organized her fans to feel ownership in her quest for a Grammy nomination.

2020-11-17
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#266: Preparing for the 2020 holiday release season

Releasing music before the end of 2020? Listen to this episode, where Kevin and Chris talk about distribution deadlines, holiday music promotion, which Christmas favorites you can record without paying a mechanical royalty, and more. Plus, listener calls and questions.   Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com
2020-10-30
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#265: How artists make money from sync licensing

Sync licensing has grown into a huge opportunity for indie musicians to gain listeners and earn money. That's increasingly true for thousands of CD Baby clients whose songs have been licensed to numerous projects on almost every major and cable network, streaming networks, film studios, and more. What do the tracks that we place in film and TV have in common? How can you increase your chances of getting a sync placement? Let's talk.

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2020-10-08
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#264: Live-streaming on Facebook (Musicians, DON?T panic!!!)

The internet exploded with news that Facebook was no longer going to allow artists to livestream on the platform. Fortunately, that information was completely false. However, on this episode of the podcast Kevin and Chris help define the mysterious "listening experience" issue that has Facebook muting some artists videos. Plus, we take some amazing listener calls.

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2020-09-26
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#263: How to deal with failure and rejection

Let?s get real for a sec: Musicians are well acquainted with rejection and failure. But we don?t want to admit it, do we? In this podcast episode, Kevin and Chris talk about the kinds of rejections you?ll inevitably encounter as a musician, how to deal with it, and maybe even transform it into something positive. Plus listener questions.

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2020-09-11
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DIY Musician Stories Ep 05: Birds of Chicago

Birds of Chicago are a husband and wife folk/soul duo based in Nashville, TN.

In this episode of the DIY Musician Stories podcast, Alli and JT chat with Montse about their origin story, writing process, and what it?s been like to pause and pivot from a life on the road. They also talk about collective grief, the rejection every artist encounters, finding your tribe, and much more.

2020-09-01
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#262: Getting attention with online advertising

Few people are going to notice your music simply because you've made it. You have to do something ELSE to get attention, and online advertising opens up an affordable way to create awareness, stir interest, and build a fanbase as an independent musician. In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk about advertising for musicians, the power of a new interactive ad tool, and much more.

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2020-08-27
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#261: What musicians need to know about Instagram Reels

Musicians, it's time to get Reel. Instagram Reels ? Instagram's answer to TikTok ? is now available, and your music can be there too! In this episode, Kevin and Chris discuss the features of Instagram Reels, why it matters for your music career, and what it means for TikTok. Plus, gossip and rants about Spotify's Daniel Ek, listeners calls, and more.

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2020-08-21
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DIY Musician Stories Ep 04: Maya de Vitry

Maya de Vitry is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. 

In this episode Maya tells us about releasing her beautiful album How To Break a Fall just as the pandemic started to hit. Maya and Montse also chat about holding day-jobs as an artist, self-forgiveness, and social media breaks.

2020-08-13
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#260: Creating videos for 2020 and beyond

When it comes to creating videos to promote music, most artists and labels are still operating under that old paradigm of one ?Official? music video, which drastically limits their reach and potential impact they get from video. In this episode of the podcast, Kevin is joined by Diarmuid Moloney, the CEO and Co-Founder of Rotor Video to discuss how developing a video strategy in 2020 and beyond looks very different than what we were used to in the past.   Get 50% off your first ROTOR Video by using coupon: CDBABY50
2020-08-12
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DIY Musician Stories Ep 03: Mary Gauthier

Mary Gauthier is a Grammy-nominated folk singer-songwriter who has struck a balance between her own artistry and penning songs for singers such as Blake Shelton and Jimmy Buffett. In 2017, Mary was the keynote speaker at CD Baby's DIY Musician Conference, and had 1000 attendees wiping tears from their eyes after her talk about the transformative power of songwriting to heal trauma. In this episode, Mary conveys that power, while discussing her songcraft, and her new memoir "Saved by the Song," the way her life has changed since the pandemic, and much more.

If you?re a songwriter, or want to be, this episode is a must listen.

More episodes here: https://podcast.cdbaby.com/category/diy-musician-stories/

2020-07-29
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DIY Musician Stories Ep 02: Amythyst Kiah

Singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah is a solo artist, and can be heard alongside Layla McCalla, Allison Russell and Rhiannon Giddens in the Grammy nominated project Our Native Daughters. In this episode of the NEW DIY Musician Stories podcast, Amythsyt Kiah talks openly about overcoming trauma and pain and how music was her emotional vehicle to process deep feelings. She speaks on the transition of music in her life from an escape into a career, on being a part of the Grammy nominated project Our Native Daughters, and how she?s been leaning into live streams during this time.

2020-07-27
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#259: 10 Strategies for releasing a single in 2020

It?s time to rethink the way you release singles. Standalone tracks are no longer SOLELY tied to larger album promo efforts. In this episode, Kevin and Chris discuss 10 strategies for releasing single songs so you can grow your audience, build algorithmic momentum on streaming platforms, and stay inspired. Plus listener questions!

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2020-07-27
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DIY Musician Stories Ep 01: Misty Boyce

Misty Boyce is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is part of Sara Bareilles and Lord Huron?s band, and has an incredible solo career to boot! 

In this episode of the NEW DIY Musician Stories podcast, Misty talks about what it's like being a "sideman" vs. a solo artist, the artist/manager relationship, and her recent collaboration with Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith.

2020-07-15
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#258: Taking your live-stream to the next level!

With so many artists turning to live-streaming, it?s time to ensure you stand out from the rest and take yours to the next level. In this episode Kevin and Chris share more tips on presenting yourself like a pro. Plus, you get a rundown of all the gear Chris uses to pull off a top notch livestream.

The article on Zoom audio tips mentioned in the episode can be found HERE

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2020-06-10
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#257: Live-stream success pt 2 - Henry Invisible

On this episode of the podcast, Kevin chats with Henry Invisible to discuss how he?s using live-streaming to make his music go further and reach a broader audience. Henry had been live-streaming before COVID-19, but really took advantage of new opportunities that have popped up as people learn how to socialize in the currently reality.

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2020-05-26
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#256: Live-stream success pt 1 - Dawn Beyer

Like many artists, Dawn set her sights on Nashville in order to pursue her musical dreams. When things hit rock bottom, she randomly notice the ?go live? button on Facebook and everything changed. In this episode you?ll hear how Dawn has turned her use of Facebook Live into a full time sustainable career.   Check out Dawn?s live-streaming resources at TheRealMakingIt.com.
2020-05-17
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#255: The truth about live-streaming!

Is your social feed crowded with seemingly every musician on the planet "going live" at once? How many of those livestreams feel like genuine, engaging events? In this episode, Kevin and Chris dig into a lot of the common misperceptions about live streaming and offer some best-practices as well.

2020-04-30
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#254: Important news you might have missed

You might have missed some important music industry news during the COVID-19 pandemic. Let's catch you up! In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk about recent music biz developments that could impact your music career. Plus some great listener stories and questions.

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2020-04-14
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#253: What's the difference between This and That?

There are seven things that many musicians get mixed up ? publishers and PROs, cover songs and Public Domain tunes, UPCs and ISRCs, etc. In this episode, Kevin and Chris clear away the confusion. What's the difference between "this" and "that?" Listen up!

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2020-04-02
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#252: What to do when your tour gets canceled

What do you do when a gig or tour is cancelled? Touring musicians are facing a time of uncertainty and financial sacrifice as the Coronavirus pandemic has lead to many public gatherings being postponed or cancelled. In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk through some of the difficulties artists are confronting, and present a few alternatives to touring so musicians can still engage with fans, drive revenue, and make use of this unexpected downtime.

Our list of resources for artists can be found HERE.

2020-03-19
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#251: 7 tips for pitching your music

Whether you want a gig, playlist placement, or press opportunity, you're going to need to sell someone on your music ? and that means "pitching." In this episode, Kevin and Chris dissect successful music pitches and find 7 things in common.

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2020-02-28
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#250: Social media marketing hacks

Promoting your music on social media can eat up a lot of your time. Sadly, most artists waste that precious time using social media in ways that are rote and uninspired. In this episode, Kevin and Chris walk through a list of quick tips that will help you get better results, have more fun, and create a deeper connection with your audience on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter.   Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com.
2020-02-24
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#249: Evolving with the music business

The music business is constantly evolving. Streaming dominates. Markets are truly global. The way people promote & monetize music shifts every year. And videos are growing shorter and more important than ever before. In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk about some important changes at CD Baby that will help artists stay ahead of the curve.

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2020-02-12
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#248: TikTok 101 for musicians

TikTok has more than half a billion active users, it's the most downloaded app in the world, and the entire platform runs on music! Now that CD Baby is delivering YOUR music to TikTok, Kevin and Chris walk you through TikTok culture, features of the app, and a few of the opportunities you have to promote your music with short video.

Distribute your music to TikTok and 150+ other digital platforms at http://cdbaby.com.

2020-02-07
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#247: Dave Cool - Building a compelling artist website

Having your own pro website is even MORE important in an age where fan relationships are often owned by anyone but the artist. In this episode, Bandzoogle's Dave Cool talks about creating a good experience for your followers online, capturing their contact info, and using your website as the hub for your music career.

2020-02-04
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#246: Starting your music career from the beginning

First time releasing music? Returning to music after a hiatus? Where do you even start? With a plan ? then you build the foundation. In this episode, Kevin and Chris outline the basic steps artists should take before, during, and immediately following their first release.

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2020-01-14
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#245: Merch sales and your music career

What kind of merch is selling in the streaming era? How do you experiment with t-shirts and other kinds of band merch without going broke? In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk through some of the things they've tried recently, both on tour and online, and some of the trends they see working for DIY musicians today.

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2019-12-23
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#244: How to monetize your Instagram

With over 600 million users on Instagram every day, you need your IG game to be strong. In this session recorded at the 2019 DIY Musician Conference, Rick Barker shows you how to use IG to build your music career. Learn the tips and tricks that have helped Barker?s clients take their IG to the next level. He will cover IG Stories, IGTV and IG Live in detail, giving you the most up-to-date strategies and tactics in real time.

2019-12-14
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