Listen to New TuneCore Artist Music from May!

We see so much great new music distributed each month, headed to artists’ fans around the world.  As we get ready to ease on into June, let’s take a quick look (or listen) back at some of the new tracks showcased over the course of this month.  May (get it?) the Spotify playlisting begin!

Are you distributing new music in June?  We feature new releases each Tuesday on the blog in our #NewMusicTuesday posts.  Click here to learn about more feature opportunities and find out how to submit your own new  music for consideration.

#TCVideoFridays – May 30th, 2014

The month of May might be coming to an end, but before that happens, check out this month’s final video round-up of TuneCore Artists!

Katie Herzig, “Walk Through Walls” 

Red Empire, “Small Mercies”

Haute Rod, “Let You Know- Feat. Rose Breyae”

For A Season, “Deeper”

Queen Caveat, “Breathe”

Lexi James,  “Stop”

Boyce Avenue, “Speed Limit”

Alphanaut, “Back to the Stars”

Zak Waters, ” Runnin Around”

Viktory, “R4: Relentless 4Ever”

How Composer Brian Crain Unlocks Worldwide Songwriter Royalties

TuneCore’s Music Publishing Administration team works hard to help the songwriters in our community collect and generate songwriter royalties all over the world.  For many composers, working with a music publisher to collect royalties from the songs they have written can be a significant income stream.  We recently caught up with one such composer, Brian Crain, whose compositions have been used on the big (and small) screens.  Find out how TuneCore Music Publishing gets Brian songwriter royalties he didn’t even know he had, and how he sees the role of the songwriter shifting as the music industry continues to evolve. 

How were you collecting and managing your songwriter royalties before becoming a TuneCore Music Publishing Administration client?

Before TuneCore Publishing I was only using ASCAP.  They have been really good for my music but I didn’t realize how many more royalties you can collect with a Publishing Administrator in addition to ASCAP.

Why did you decide to get a publishing deal with TuneCore?

I’ve been a fan of TuneCore ever since my first release with them back in 2007.  They have always treated me well and I felt that I could trust them.  Also, it was easy to sign up and I thought that they would bring in a few extra dollars.  Being an independent musician, it’s important to collect from as many different sources as you can.  It all adds up.

Your compositions have been used in commercials and TV programming in Asia, and you were honored as the Honorary Cultural Ambassador for Yeongwol, South Korea (congrats!).  How have you been able to develop a fan base in Asia? 

Yes, I have had great success in Asia.  My start in South Korea was similar to my start with TuneCore Publishing.  Back in 2000, a small record company emailed me and asked if they could release one of my albums.  The royalty was very low ($1,000) but I thought that I wasn’t going to sell any CDs to Korea by myself so why not give them a shot.  They were able to place my song “Butterfly Waltz” in a popular drama and the song became very popular.  They ended up selling over 40,000 CDs.  From the album’s success, I was able to tour South Korea and establish a large fan base.  I still tour every year and almost everyone in South Korea knows my music.

On a recent tour of Asia, I played in a small town called Yeongwol.  I was so moved by the beauty of the surrounding area and the wonderful people in Yeongwol that I wrote a song for them. The Ambassadorship was a big surprise and a great honor.

What has been the most lucrative publishing revenue stream for you? 

Currently my most lucrative revenue stream is from TV and movie publishing deals that TuneCore Publishing brokers for me.  I am very grateful to have an expert look over the contracts.  I’m pretty good at reading legalese but it’s great to have another advocate on my side. TuneCore Publishing has become, in effect, my agent.

Has the Creative Team at TuneCore Publishing helped negotiate sync opportunities that came to you directly?

Yes, I just had them negotiate a motion picture deal that will have wide distribution in theaters this summer.

Have any of the royalties youve received come from a source that surprised you?

My first great surprise with TuneCore Publishing was the $4,000 that they got for me from Canada.  Apparently, there was a cash of uncollected royalties waiting for me that I wouldn’t have known about without TuneCore.

What do you think is the biggest opportunity for songwriters related to Music Publishing?

I owe so much of my success to my record company in South Korea for licensing “Butterfly Waltz” in that TV Drama.  So much good has come from that one placement.  I don’t even know the name of the drama, but that opportunity and the snowball effect have changed my life.  Opportunities happen all the time and you have to be ready for them to happen.  I know TuneCore will be there for my next big thing.

How do you use the TuneCore Publishing tools? (e.g. do you check on the status of your compositions with Composition Manager?)

I use all of TuneCore’s information tools.  Information is the key to success in the business.  I check for changes every day and look for patterns that I can utilize in my marketing.

Do you consider publishing royalties as supplemental income?  Or with its continued growth, is it a major source of income for you?

It is a big part now and will get bigger in the future.  Publishing and streaming royalties are the future of the business.

How do you see the role of the songwriter shifting as the music industry continues to evolve?

Right now the majority of royalties are going to mechanical.  I see performance and mechanical becoming more equal in the future.  Every good business knows that content is king, and will eventually take care of the creators.

 [Editor’s Note: Are you a songwriter? Check out how we work with songwriters to register, license, and pitch their songs worldwide, and help them collect their hard-to-get songwriter royalties.]

TuneCore Promotes Scott Ackerman to CEO

Appointment recognizes Ackerman’s influence in leading growth across products and services during tenure as President and COO

NEW YORKMay 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Leading digital music distribution and music publishing administration companyTuneCore announced today that Scott Ackerman has been named CEO. The move solidifies the company’s leadership in anticipation of continued expansion across services and continents to support TuneCore’s mission to bring more music to more audiences around the world while also increasing revenue-generating opportunities for artists and songwriters.

Ackerman, who joined TuneCore as COO in 2010, and has been running the company since 2012 during which time he was promoted to President, has been a driving force behind major developments at TuneCore that support independent artists as they pursue their musical journeys. During his tenure, TuneCore has cemented its standing as a partner of choice for musicians and songwriters, helping artists to reap the benefits of their craft. In Q1 2014 alone, TuneCore paid out $34.1 million to artists in revenue generated from nearly 1.3 billion downloads and streams, a 75% increase over the same period in 2013.

Over the past two years, Ackerman and the TuneCore team have spearheaded expansion initiatives that ensure TuneCore Artists have the best toolset and network in the industry to get their voices heard and to optimize their earning opportunities globally. TuneCore has developed a vast international reach, illustrated by the successful launch of TuneCore Japan, and, most recently, the addition of KKBOX, the largest provider of digital music subscription services in Asia, to its partner network. In 2014, TuneCore Music Distribution has added a new store every month, bringing artists access to over 80 of the most popular digital stores worldwide.

TuneCore also continues to expand its industry-leading Music Publishing Administration platform, helping all songwriters maximize their publishing royalties worldwide, including collecting income from their YouTube views. Additionally, the TuneCore Sync & Master Licensing Database and in-house creative team who work directly with music supervisors help Publishing clients to increase their revenue opportunities by securing licensing deals for TV, film and commercials.

“As we look ahead, Scott is a natural choice to lead the company as TuneCore strives to give musicians ever greater support and opportunities,” stated TuneCore Board Chairman Art Shaw. “Not only have we developed more significant ways to help artists be discovered and earn meaningful revenue from their gift, but under Scott’s leadership we are growing quickly, allowing us to invest more than ever to help artists.”

About TuneCore

TuneCore brings more music to more people, while helping musicians and songwriters increase money-earning opportunities and take charge of their own careers. The company has one of the highest artist revenue-generating music catalogs in the world, earning TuneCore Artists $405.6 million on 6.1 billion streams and downloads since inception. TuneCore Music Distribution services help artists, labels and managers sell their music through iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify, Google Play, and other major download and streaming sites while retaining 100% of their sales revenue and rights for a low annual flat fee. TuneCore Music Publishing Administration (based in Burbank, CA) assists songwriters by administering their compositions through licensing, registration and worldwide royalty collection, including collection of YouTube revenue in partnership with INDMUSIC. TuneCore is based in Brooklyn, NY and is backed by Opus Capital and Guitar Center. For more information, visit

New Music Tuesday: May 27, 2014

TuneCore Artists are releasing tons of new music every day. Each week we check out the new TuneCore releases and choose a few at random to feature on the blog.

Is your hit next?





The World Wars Soundtrack Album
Rusty Massive


The Journey
Jamie Lynn Spears


100 Proof (feat. Roccett)
Hip Hop/Rap


Moon Boot Cocoon
James Black


Your Love Is Like
Jordan Howerton Band
Christian & Gospel


Hip Hop/Rap

#TCVideoFridays – May 23rd, 2014

Friday means we’ve got you covered with music videos from TuneCore Artists.  These don’t disappoint.

28 North, “Call Me Up”

Trapdoor Social, “Science of Love”

Hannah Trigwell, “Hurricane”

Kashka, “Never Had It’

Nia Andrews, “Colours”

Sal, “That’s What I Like”

James Fox Higgins, “1975 (Wish I Was There)

Tori, “Not Today”

RadioDriveBy, “Go All Night”

Ekko Park, “Becoming the Enemy”