Scott Williams has been named President of the Downtown Music Holdings-owned CD Baby and Soundrop.
Williams previously served as CD Baby’s Chief Technology Officer.
Williams joined CD Baby in 2013 as Vice President of Technology, and was later promoted to CTO in 2019.
He was “central” to the launch of music distribution service Soundrop, says the company, and also led the team behind CD Baby’s reporting to its artist clients, who have now received payments for more than two decades.
Prior to his role at CD Baby, Williams fronted technology at EdTech companies Avant Assessment and Learning.com.
Williams is a recipient of the 2019 Rapid Growth Award from 7CTOs, an organization that promotes the growth of tech leaders.
He is also a member of the DDEX Board of Directors since 2020, representing Downtown Music Holdings.
CD Baby notes that it now distributes more than 10 million tracks for 1.2 million artists globally.
“Scott has spearheaded the ongoing evolution of the company’s technology platform that has made it a favorite of independent artists all over the world.”
Andrew Bergman, Downtown Music Holdings
Andrew Bergman, CEO of Downtown Music Holdings, said: “During his tenure at CD Baby, Scott has spearheaded the ongoing evolution of the company’s technology platform that has made it a favorite of independent artists all over the world.
“As President of CD Baby and Soundrop, Scott will bring the same passion for innovation he’s brought to tech to the company’s overall operations as we continue to expand our offerings to artists.”
“I am so fortunate to be able to grow at the company I love so much.”
Scott Williams, added: “Leading the skilled and dedicated technology teams at CD Baby and Soundrop for the last decade has been a great honor.
“We’ve been laser focused on serving the more than 1 million artists that rely on us to get their music out into the universe to be discovered and to generate income.
“I am so fortunate to be able to grow at the company I love so much to continue my mission of helping the independent artist community.”
Downtown Music Holdings acquired AVL Digital Group and its portfolio of businesses, including CD Baby and Soundrop, in 2019.
At the time, industry sources estimated that the deal was in the vicinity of $200 million.
CD Baby has gone on to pay out more than $1 billion to artists since the company was founded in 1998, it was reported in December 2021.Music Business Worldwide