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Mary Gauthier will deliver keynote address for DIY Conference in Nashville / Tennessean

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Mary Gauthier's career has run the gamut during her two decades in the music industry – evolving from risk-taking aspiring artist, to critically acclaimed major label star to CEO of her own music business. Gauthier owns her publishing, the masters to her recordings and maintains total creative control over her music. She hires the publicity and promotional teams to market her music. And she partners with CD Baby to distribute her albums and administer her publishing catalog.

In short, Gauthier has emerged as Nashville's exhibit A for the increasing popular DIY (do it yourself) model that has grown in popularity with mainstream artists in recent years. Chance the Rapper, Macklemore and Jason Isbell have each employed elements of DIY into the business side of their career, making the case that there's no often times need for artists to cede ownership rights to their music to record labels and publishing companies. Gauthier will deliver the keynote address for this weekend's DIY Conference to be held at Nashville's Omni Hotel. More than 1,600 attendees, mostly artists, will attend the soldout conference, which features performances, workshops, expert panels and other information to empower artists to handle their own music careers. "I do really well by being my own label," Gauthier said. "It's a successful small business. I run the label, CD Baby runs the distribution of the record. I hire the publicist, i hire the radio promoter, I hire the team. They get the record out into the world and that's worked real well for me."