CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux Knows What it Means to Do It Yourself
When Tracy Maddux—a passionate fan of live music—joined CD Baby, he decided he needed to see a show by each of the new employees he worked with. Nearly everyone at CD Baby plays music. It meant ...
CD Baby’s HostBaby is partnering with leading music-oriented web hosting provider Bandzoogle.
It’s a perfect match: Two committed independent music companies, founded and run by musicians, whose mission is to better serve the DIY and self-managed artists in a shifting digital business. Bandzoogle will now host artist sites for HostBaby, as the storied web hosting service winds down.
“Bandzoogle shares our focus on artists, with tools that help them wherever they are in their career,” explains Tracy Maddux, CEO of AVL/CD Baby. “They have built the best hosting product for indie musicians, and they back it up with amazing customer service. Like us, they keep ahead of a fast-changing business and think hard about what tools will best support artists’ dreams and goals. I can’t think of a better partner in web hosting, and I’m glad we finally get to work more closely together to promote indie music as a whole.”
"Bandzoogle and CD Baby share similar values and goals: our sustained, honest efforts to provide all of the tools DIY artists need online today,” says Stacey Bedford, CEO of Bandzoogle. “We both have longevity in the industry (over 35 years combined!) and we are thrilled to be able to work together to help musicians."
HostBaby users will notice very little change as the partners work closely to migrate the sites slowly and seamlessly. They’ll keep the same domain, inbox, and other assets, as well as all hosting time purchased and all deals with CD Baby. They will also have the same high level of customer service and responsiveness they have grown accustomed to with HostBaby and CD Baby. “We aim to make this move so effortless and easy for users, they barely notice,” notes Kevin Breuner, VP of Marketing at CD Baby.
In addition, users will discover a wide range of new, exciting tools for promoting their music and engaging their fans. These include highly customizable mobile-friendly templates, direct-to-fan eCommerce to sell music, merch, and tickets, as well as run crowdfunding and fan subscriptions, and integrations with popular platforms like Bandsintown and YouTube. As the transition occurs, HostBaby will not accept new sign ups.
“Our goal is to create or provide the strongest, most effective tools for artists to make the most of their creative lives and music careers,” Breuner states. “This partnership will allow us to move forward in a focused way, putting energy into new offerings while keeping our high standards of support and service.”
About CD Baby
CD Baby is one of the largest distributors of independent music on the planet, home to 650,000 artists and more than 9 million tracks that are made available to 100+ digital services and platforms around the globe. Artists on the platform are empowered to monetize their rights while maintaining control of their own careers, and have collectively earned over $600 million since the company’s founding. CD Baby’s Publishing Administration service allows over 160,000 songwriters to collect all of their publishing royalties and currently administers over 1 million songs, and its sync service has garnered artists placements in series like Stranger Things.
CD Baby is a division of AVL Digital Group.
Bandzoogle started with a single website built by Bandzoogle founder Chris Vinson for his alt-rock band, Rubberman. Now celebrating their 15th anniversary, Bandzoogle has grown to a team that is 80% musicians, and has powered websites for over 100,000 artists in 213 countries and territories. Along the way, Bandzoogle members have sold over $36 million in music, merch, and tickets directly to their fans, commission-free.