If I use CD Baby and want to get my album in Wal-Mart or another big box store (I have the contacts), am I required to use CD Baby to produce the physical copies of my CD?
Sorry for delay, Marc. No, CD Baby doesn't own anything. You're free to do whatever you want. They just offer a service, but you can replicate CDs with others and distribute (physically) with others.
Hi Ari! My name is Ryan Van Slooten and I'm a singer/songwriter here in the Twin Cities area. I think we know quite a few of the same people actually. Anyway, I'm fairly new to the area, having just moved here from Duluth a little over a year ago, and it's been a bit of a struggle to get my feet under me. I'm still trying to get my backing band together, but in the meantime, booking solo gigs has been challenging. Any advice for finding the right musicians and booking shows? My last album, "Victory March", actually won 2013 Album of the Year by PerfectDuluthDay.com, which I'm very proud of, so it's frustrating to not be able to get out and play and promote my work. I've always enjoyed your articles, very informative and well written, so any advice you have is greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!Ari Herstand (Ari's Take) responded on 08/06/2015 Next question
If you had any new insights on music marketing companies that would be great. Which ones to chose or why not to chose them (depending on your views on it). ThanksAri Herstand (Ari's Take) responded on 12/24/2015