Self-Releasing for Success
Thursday, March 19
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Austin Convention Center
Austin Convention Center
Historically, the self-release has been the last bastion of the unsigned artist. You shop your demos around to labels and don’t get any bites, so you bite the bullet yourself and foot the bill, just to get the thing out there. But in the last 10 years, as the industry has been reformed time and time again, things have changed. For artists large and small, and at every stage of their careers, self-releasing is more than just a viable alternative to a label deal, it’s a much better option. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of self-releasing, strategies for a successful self-release, and prognosticate on the future of artist-owned recordings in the music industry of tomorrow.
Digital Mktg & Label Rel
Ben Hubbird is a native Oregonian and lifelong musician. In 2008 he walked away from a career in community organizing and took a job at CD Baby where he is now in charge of Digital Promotions and L...Show the rest
Ben Hubbird is a native Oregonian and lifelong musician. In 2008 he walked away from a career in community organizing and took a job at CD Baby where he is now in charge of Digital Promotions and Label Relations. Since then he's strived to help independent, working-class musicians make a living from their art. In 2013 he and Casey Jarman founded Party Damage Records, and in their first few months they've gone on to release albums from Wild Ones, Aan, Vin Blanc/White Wine, St. Even, Neal Morgan, Dragging an Ox Through Water and Your Rival, with many more on the horizon.Hide the rest
Dir of A&R & Artist Mgmt
Nettwerk Music Group
Pres & Founder
Benji Rogers is an independent musician from London, England who has been making his own records since 1999. He’s lived in New York, Los Angeles and Boston and though always a musician, he has also...Show the rest
Benji Rogers is an independent musician from London, England who has been making his own records since 1999. He’s lived in New York, Los Angeles and Boston and though always a musician, he has also worked in television and film as a camera operator and audio engineer. On one stop in his varied career, he even ran a bar. As a musician, Rogers has toured with his band and as a solo artist in both the US and Europe with relatively few breaks since 2001. Through PledgeMusic, Rogers funded and released his 5th independent record under the name Marwood. A product of a music business family, with his mother, father and stepfather all having been managers, label owners, publishers and musicians, he was literally born into it and determined to succeed.
Benji Rogers founded PledgeMusic, the global direct-to-fan funding platform for musicians to record and tour in 2009. PledgeMusic helps artists to engage with their fans, fund their music, keep their rights and raise money for charityHide the rest
Andrew Jervis hosts the Bandcamp Weekly show, co-ordinates all the homepage editorial, and works with labels and artists to help make maximize their sales and exposure.