3 Days. 30+ Sessions. Endless Ways to Propel Your Career.
Why You Should Attend: The knowledge you need to succeed. The motivation to make it happen. The community that has your back.
Learn

Everything from earning more money via sync licensing, music publishing, and YouTube monetization, to building your fanbase through smarter promotion and PR and much more!

Experience

- 30+ Sessions, panels, and keynotes
- Workshops
- Jam Room
- Hangout Room / Exhibit Hall

Interact

- One-on-one mentoring with industry experts
- Free band promo photos
- CD Baby office hours
- Network opportunities

Registration And Hotel

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Conference Speakers
Bob Boilen
Bob Boilen
Creator & Host, NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts

Jack Conte
Jack Conte
CEO, Patreon

Gaelynn Lea
Gaelynn Lea
Owner, Gaelynn Lea Music

Alexandra Patsavas
Alexandra Patsavas
Founder & Lead Music Supervisor, Chop Shop Music Supervision

Kevin Breuner
Kevin Breuner
VP of Marketing, CD Baby / Musician

Charles Alexander
Charles Alexander
Co-founder, Streaming Promotions / Owner, Outside The Box Music

Ira Antelis
Ira Antelis
Co-founder & CEO, Artists & Brands / Jira Productions

Martin Atkins
Martin Atkins
Author, Educator, Musician

Bob Baker
Bob Baker
Author / Speaker

Bram Bessoff
Bram Bessoff
Founder & President, Indiehitmaker

Brett Byrd
Brett Byrd
Music Rights Coordinator, CD Baby

Lupe Carroll
Lupe Carroll
Musician

Melissa Chapman
Melissa Chapman
Owner, Groove Garden

Ranadeb Choudhury
Ranadeb Choudhury
CEO, 8tiv Labs Corporation

Chris Clark
Chris Clark
Director of Music, Leo Burnett USA

Shannon Curtis
Shannon Curtis
Independent Artist

Wendy Day
Wendy Day
Founder, Rap Coalition & PowerMoves

Bonny Dolan
Bonny Dolan
Managing Director / EP, Comma Music

Phil Elias
Phil Elias
CEO, Buzznog

Cheryl B. Engelhardt
Cheryl B. Engelhardt
Composer, Songwriter, Consultant

Jason Feehan
Jason Feehan
Attorney, IndieGuide

Vanessa Ferrer
Vanessa Ferrer
Founder / CEO, Merch Cat

Sean Glover
Sean Glover
Associate Director / Industry Relations, SoundExchange

Kristin Westcott Grant
Kristin Westcott Grant
Entertainment Analyst, Westcott Multimedia

Chinua Green
Chinua Green
Manager of Digital & Video Operations, Downtown Music Publishing

Patrick Griffin
Patrick Griffin
Digital Promotion & Label Relations, CD Baby

E. Michael Harrington
E. Michael Harrington
Professor/Course Author, Berklee Online

Ari Herstand
Ari Herstand
Musician, Blogger

Peter Hollens
Peter Hollens
Musician / Content Creator

Mark Hornsby
Mark Hornsby
Director of Operations & Senior Producer and Engineer, Sweetwater Studios

Gregory Hyde
Gregory Hyde
Owner, Skyblynde, Inc.

Tom Jackson
Tom Jackson
Live Music Producer

Tracy Maddux
Tracy Maddux
CEO, CD Baby

Karen Marie Mason
Karen Marie Mason
CEO, Artist Launch

Louis Matteo
Louis Matteo
Director of Client Relations, Loudr

Dylan Owen
Dylan Owen
Artist

Tanvi Patel
Tanvi Patel
CEO, Crucial Music Corporation

Christiane Pheil
Christiane Pheil
Director of Talent & Experience, Red Frog Events

Coe Ramsey
Coe Ramsey
Partner / Attorney, Brooks Pierce

Rafael Reyes
Rafael Reyes
Vocalist

Chris Robley
Chris Robley
DIY Blogger & Editor, CD Baby

Benji Rogers
Benji Rogers
Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, PledgeMusic

Robert Schwartzman
Robert Schwartzman
Artist

Steve Seskin
Steve Seskin
Artist / Songwriter

Jennifer Newman Sharpe
Jennifer Newman Sharpe
Co-Founder / COO, Sparkplug and Principal Attorney, Law Offices of Jennifer Newman Sharpe PLLC

Patti Silverman
Patti Silverman
Advisor, SF MusicTech Summit

Mark Steiner
Mark Steiner
Co-Founder / CEO, GigSalad

Andrea Stolpe
Andrea Stolpe
Artist/Instructor, Berklee College of Music Online

Tony Van Veen
Tony Van Veen
CEO, AVL Digital

Rocell Viniard
Rocell Viniard
Director of Marketing Services, General Growth Properties

Becky Yee
Becky Yee
Principal, Around Digital Media

Schedule Of Events

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Sync Preconference Panel
Off-site location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St. Chicago IL, 60602
Speakers - Chris Clark, Ira Antelis, Bonny Dolan, Melissa Chapman. Moderator - Chris Robley

2:00pm - 5:00pm

Registration @ The Congress Plaza Hotel (Rendezvous Room)

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Meet CD Baby's CEO with Tracy Maddux (Congress Plaza Hotel)

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Artist Meetups by genre

6:00pm - 11:30pm

Open Mic (Bottom Lounge)
Off-site location: Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607

8:00am - 9:00am

Saturday Registration @ The Congress Plaza Hotel (Rendezvous Room)

9:15am - 10:15am

KEYNOTE: Cutting Through the Noise by Kevin Breuner

10:30am - 11:30am

Do You Need a Label to Have a Major Career?
Speakers - Ari Herstand, Patti Silverman, Robert Schwartzman

Berklee Online: Marketing & Selling Music In An Engagement Economy
Speaker - Benji Rogers

Breaking Down the Mix
Sponsored by Sweetwater Studios

Speaker - Mark Hornsby

11:45am - 12:45pm

How to Find Success on Your Own Terms
Speakers - Patrick Griffin (moderator), Rafael Reyes, Nicholas Payton, Shannon Curtis

Berklee Online: How Songwriters Can Fight Back Against The Tide Of Frivolous Law and Copyright Abuse
Speaker - Dr. E. Michael Harrington

What it Takes to Get a Sync Placement
Speaker - Tanvi Patel

12:45am - 2:00pm

LUNCH - (on your own)

2:00pm - 3:00pm

KEYNOTE: Considering All Songs with Bob Boilen and Gaelynn Lea. Moderator - Dmitri Vietze

3:15pm - 4:15pm

How to Make Serious Money from House Concerts
Speaker - Shannon Curtis

Berklee Online: Write Smarter, Not Harder: 25 Exercises to maximize your craft in minimal time
Speaker - Andrea Stolpe

60 Ideas in 60 Minutes!
Speakers - Martin Atkins, Bob Baker, Mark Hornsby, Karen Marie Mason, Chris Robley. Moderator - Tony Van Veen

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Why Music Publishing Is More Important Than Ever
Speakers - Chinua Green, Louis Matteo, Jennifer Newman Sharpe, Brett Byrd. Moderator - Tracy Maddux

Death to The Dayjob: Making the Transition From Hobbyist to Full-time Musician
Speaker - Gregory Hyde

Give the People What They Want: Playing Covers with Dignity
Sponsored by GigSalad

Speakers - Christiane Pheil, Coe W. Ramsey, Rocell Viniard, Mark Steiner, Lupe Carroll. Moderator - Dmitri Vietze

5:30pm - 7:00pm

DINNER - (on your own)

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Live Band Makeover with Tom Jackson (Great Hall)

9:15am - 10:15am

Steal These Tips for Success From Hip Hop
Speakers - Tony Guidry, Ranadeb Choudhury, Eddie Sanders, Esq. Moderator - Wendy Day

How to Capture a Press Photo That Can't Be Ignored
Speaker - Becky Yee

SoundExchange: What It Is, Why It Pays, and How to Get Your Share
Speaker - Sean Glover

10:30am - 11:30am

The Power of Direct-To-Fan Engagement - How to Build Relationships and Drive Revenue
Speakers - Vanessa Ferrer, Phil Elias, Kristin Westcott. Moderator - Bram Bessoff

Live DIY Musician Podcast: Authentic Artist Branding
Speakers - Kevin Breuner, Chris Robley

Elevating Your Songwriting Craft
Speaker - Steve Seskin

11:45am - 12:45pm

KEYNOTE: The Power of Independent Music in TV and Film with Alexandra Patsavas

12:45pm - 1:45pm

LUNCH - (on your own)

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Pitching Your Music to Playlist Creators
Speaker - Charles Alexander

How To Get Into Writing For Commercials
Speaker - Cheryl Engelhardt

YouTube Artist Panel
Speakers - Peter Hollens, Dylan Owen. Moderator - Ben Hubbird

3:00pm - 4:00pm

KEYNOTE: How to Get Fans by Jack Conte

4:00pm - 4:15pm

CLOSING

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Post-Conference Party at Lagunitas Brewing Company
Off-site location: 2607 W 17th St Chicago, IL 60608

Location Information

The DIY Musician Conference will take place at the historic Congress Plaza Hotel, right on Michigan Ave in the heart of the city, just a stone’s throw from Millennium Park. Reserve your room at a discounted rate of just $159 a night (very affordable for downtown Chicago!)

For info on bus, L, or bike routes to the hotel, check out the CTA website.

Congress Plaza Hotel Website
Chicago Transit Authority Website
Things To Do in Chicago

Our Sponsors
Berklee Online

Berklee Online is the award-winning online school of Berklee College of Music. Learn directly from Berklee faculty inside our highly interactive online classrooms and connect with musicians around the world. With our online Bachelor of Professional Studies degree program, multi-course certificate programs and individual courses covering all areas of music, gain the skills to succeed in the modern music industry.

GigSalad

GigSalad is an online platform for artists to promote their talent, connect with event hosts and planners, and get booked for private and public gigs ranging from weddings and parties to corporate events and festivals. As the largest entertainment booking platform in the U.S. and Canada, we help talented people do what they love.

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