There's a beautiful quote from Abraham Maslow: "Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth). Make the growth choice a dozen times a day." (http://sivers.org/maslow) You might have seen in CD Baby's 10th birthday announcement last March (http://sivers.org/bilbo) that I haven't worked at CD Baby since last year. In fact I've hardly been there since 2002. I designed all the internal systems to run without me, so that I could be free to go learn and invent new things. But now my new projects are exciting me so much that I decided to hand over CD Baby to someone that's going to make it better than ever for you. I chose Disc Makers as the new owner because their president Tony Van Veen has been one of my favorite people for years, and I always felt they'd do a better job of running CD Baby than I could. The CD Baby staff, location, name, and everything else will stay the same, but I think you'll start to notice more attention given to improvements that help you sell more music. So, this isn't big news. Just letting you know that CD Baby is in better hands now, and I'm off to new things.
I thought about doing a charitable foundation, but instead decided to just create little businesses that can help you with promotion, assistants, networking, education, and the music itself. Even if they never charge you a thing or operate at a loss, I don't care. It's not about that, now. As long as you're learning and growing, I'm happy.
Thanks for your email! CD Baby was recently purchased by Audio & Video Labs, the parent company of Disc Makers. For us here at CD Baby, it is business as usual. As always, everyone is completely committed to supporting Independent Musicians! Nothing has changed with your account, payments, or anything else. All of the people who have been making CD Baby such a great company are still here! We are excited about our future and hope you will be too. If there is anything I can do to help, just let me know! Be well,