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

Tickets are on sale now.
Buy yours for only $99!

Early-Bird special only $99

Buy your tickets now - prices go up August 16th!


Book a room for the discounted
rate of $159 a night

Book a Room, just $159 per night (Special Rate)

Discount valid through September 15th, 2016.

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

Jack Conte
Jack Conte
CEO, Patreon

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

Martin Atkins
Martin Atkins
Author, Educator, Musician

Bob Baker
Bob Baker
Author / Speaker

Chris Clark
Chris Clark
Director of Music, Leo Burnett USA

Shannon Curtis
Shannon Curtis
Independent Artist

Wendy Day
Wendy Day
Rap Coalition / PowerMoves, Founder

Bonny Dolan
Bonny Dolan
Managing Director/EP, Comma Music

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

Chinua Green
Chinua Green
Digital & Video Operations, Manager

Ari Herstand
Ari Herstand
Musician, Blogger

Peter Hollens
Peter Hollens
Musician / Content Creator

Gregory Hyde
Gregory Hyde
Owner, Skyblynde, Inc.

Tom Jackson
Tom Jackson
Live Music Producer

Lisa Lepine
Lisa Lepine
Authentic Authority Agent

Tracy Maddux
Tracy Maddux
CEO, CD Baby

Karen Marie Mason
Karen Marie Mason
CEO, Artist Launch

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

Louis Matteo
Louis Matteo
Direct 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

Rafael Reyes
Rafael Reyes
Vocalist

Chris Robley
Chris Robley
DIY Blogger & Editor, CD Baby

Benji Rogers
Benji Rogers
Online Instructor Music Business Trends & Strategies, Berklee Online

Steve Seskin
Steve Seskin
Artist/Songwriter

Patti Silverman
Patti Silverman
Advisor, SF MusicTech Summit

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, Eric Sheinkop. Moderator - Rob Filomena

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)

8:00am - 9:00am

Saturday Registration @ The Congress Plaza Hotel (Rendezvous Room)

9:15am - 10:15am

KEYNOTE: Rising Above 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

Banji Rogers

TBD

11:45am - 12:45pm

How to Find Success on Your Own Terms
Speakers - Patrick Griffin (moderator), Ninja Sex Party's Brian Wecht & Brent Lilley, Rafael Reyes, Nicholas Payton

Berklee Session

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 Session

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

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Why Music Publishing Is More Important Than Ever
Speakers - Tracy Maddux, Chinua Greene, Louis Matteo. Moderator - Rob Filomena

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

Playing for a Bunch of Cover Lovers
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
Speaker - Wendy Day

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

TBD

10:30am - 11:30am

How To Get Into Writing For Commercials
Speaker - Cheryl Engelhardt

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

TBD

11:45am - 12:45pm

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

12:45pm - 2:00pm

LUNCH - (on your own)

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Pitching Your Music to Playlist Creators
Speaker - Charles Alexander

Elevating Your Songwriting Craft
Speaker - Steve Seskin

YouTube Artist Panel
Speakers - Peter Hollens, Dylan Owen, Gardiner Sisters

3:00pm - 4:00pm

KEYNOTE: How to Get Fans by Jack Conte

4:00pm - 4:15pm

CLOSING

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Post-Conference Party

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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