It consists of two committed independent music companies, founded and run by musicians. Their 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.
HostBaby users will notice very little change as the partners work closely to migrate the sites slowly and seamlessly. CD baby customers keep the same domain, inbox, and other assets. They also keep the hosting time purchased and deals they received. Under the new arrangement, CD Baby customers can expect customer service to remain the same. “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.
Tracy Maddux, CEO of AVL/CD Baby made the following statement:
Bandzoogle shares our focus on artists, with tools that help them wherever they are in their career. 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.
Stacey Bedford, CEO of Bandzoogle also made a statement:
Bandzoogle and CD Baby share similar values and goals: our sustained, honest efforts to provide all of the tools DIY artists need online today. We both have longevity in the industry (over 35 years combined!) and we are thrilled to be able to work together to help musicians.
Kevin Breuner, VP of Marketing at CD Baby made the following statement:
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. 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. It is home to 650,000 artists and more than 9 million tracks. They 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. CD Baby 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. It also currently administers over 1 million songs. Furthermore, 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. Bandzoogle also powers 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.