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Tony van Veen - CEO & President, AVL Digital Group

“I’m not a believer in the doom and gloom scenario, I’m a believer in adapting to the situation that the marketplace presents you with, or that technology presents you with,” van Veen shared.

As CEO and President of AVL Digital Group, the parent company of Disc Makers and CD Baby, Tony van Veen has spent the past 25 years helping independent artists release, distribute, and promote their own music and movies. Disc Makers is the world leader in CD and DVD manufacturing for independent artists and filmmakers, producing over 60,000 independent titles a year. CD Baby, the largest independent music store and digital distributor in the world with 350,000 independent album titles and over 4.8 million songs in its catalog, is the biggest content provider to iTunes, Amazon, and streaming service providers like Rdio and Spotify. AVL Digital Group companies also offer graphic design services, mastering, and have diversified into web hosting (HostBaby) and eBook publishing (BookBaby) services to artists, filmmakers, and authors.