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Berklee’s Campus in Valencia, Spain, and CD Baby Present the First DIY Musician Conference in EuropeBerklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain, and CD Baby present the first European edition of the DIY Musician Conference on April 14 and 15, 2018, at Berklee Valencia and at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, located in the emblematic City of Arts and Sciences. The two-day conference will present a roster of 22 international music industry leaders and consist of more than 25 panels, workshops, and keynotes that will include Management, European and U.S. Copyright, Vocal and Guitar Microphone Techniques, Successful Release Strategies in a Streaming World, as well as networking and performance opportunities, all tailored to the independent musician.
On the first day, international speakers and professionals will share their insights as to how independent musicians can kick off their careers and navigate and succeed in today’s music business, with events that will include Building an Online Brand by Wesley A’Harrah from Music Ally; How to Prepare Your Music for a Successful Release with Chris Robley, Danielle King, Cristina Cano, and Kevin Breuner from CD Baby; How a Song Makes You Money, presented by vice president of Publishing at CD Baby, Jon Bahr, with Roberto Neri from Downtown Music Publishing; and Making It in Today’s Music Business, which will feature a panel of music industry experts from Berklee, including Pablo Munguía, Tano Darias, Alexandre Perrin, and Tonya Butler. The day will conclude with a showcase featuring Hickeys, Candeleros, Burt Byler, Them Fantasies, and a special guest appearance by Madrid-based, indie-pop quartet Baywaves, as well as with a networking event at the beautiful Veles e Vents in Valencia’s marina.
The second day will cover a vast array of topics on specific areas of the music industry that are vital to today’s musicians, such as Management: When Do You Need It? with Cindy Castillo from Gigntik and artist manager Rick Rogers; Copyright and Music Licensing in the European Union with lawyer, founder of The Napkin Idea, and Berklee professor, Tano Darias; Crowdfunding Strategies with Javier Lander from Merchanfy; Building an Audience on YouTube with engineer and entrepreneur Nicholas Salomone; and Demystifying Microphones and Recording Techniques with Berklee instructor Liz Teutsch. Various sessions on Sunday will occur simultaneously; attendees can pick and choose from the schedule provided.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet distribution experts at CD Baby, who will help them formulate a plan for releasing and promoting their music, and make sure they’re set up to collect money for their recordings from all the possible revenue sources. “Our goal is that they will walk away with a plan of action, connections, and a renewed sense of direction for their career,” said Emilien Moyon, director for the Global Entertainment and Music Business graduate program at Berklee Valencia.
CD Baby has previously held three DIY Musician Conferences in the U.S., including one in partnership with Berklee Online, that were all met with resounding success. Organizers aim to share the knowledge gathered through previous editions with European musicians and artists, and have determined that Berklee Valencia is the ideal partner to host this year’s conference, as the campus has been designed specifically for music and is equipped with state-of-the art technology.