CD Baby Pro Publishing now represents more than 2M songs

CD Baby now serves more than 2 million songs worldwide through its CD Baby Pro Publishing administration arm., the indie music distributor announce Thursday. Many of these works are also part of its 1.5M track active sync catalog.

CD Baby Pro Publishing has grown to administer the work hundreds of thousands of songwriters and composers using a network of 60 partners that covers 98% of global music business via Songtrust, which like CD Baby is part of Downtown Music Holdings.

CD Baby Pro Publishing payments were up by 60% in Q4 2021

“We are striving to be the best caretakers and advocates for our fellow artists’ music, from distributing to music outlets as quickly as possible so fans can hear it, to finding new revenue opportunities and collecting royalties in dozens of countries,” explains CD Baby President Joel Andrew. “Independent artists are savvier than ever about the advantages of protecting and monetizing their original compositions.  

“As the number of writers and songs they represent has grown dramatically over the years, so too has the value of those works. The songwriters represented by CD Baby Pro have a significant impact on the ever-changing music publishing market,” said Songtrust President Molly Neuman.

2 Indie Artists Weigh In

“I had a song picked up by the Netflix show Outer Banks. I was completely caught off guard because it was unexpected,” recounts East Coast-based outlaw country singer and songwriter Mickey Lamantia. “Enrolling in CD Baby Pro Publishing and Sync Licensing was the reason it happened.”

“After I performed my song ‘I Knew This Would Happen’ on American Idol in 2020, I thought the first CD Baby payment I received was all I would generate. As reports kept coming in, I was surprised at how well the song has done over time and how much I received in publishing revenue. Even a year later, I’m grateful that the song continues to do well,” says Ryan Harmon, the Arkansas singer-songwriter “Earning money from my music has allowed me to make that jump into doing what I love for a living. It’s given me the confidence to recognize that there’s a market for what I do, despite any pressure I might face to fit in.”

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