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July News from TuneCore Music Publishing

Lots to report in the way of TuneCore Music Publishing news.  Get the lowdown on who joined our community of songwriters, and which compositions were recently featured in film and TV…

Songwriter Highlights

Vita-ChambersRaised in Barbados to Canadian parents, Vita Chambers began her professional career at age 16.  Plucked from Myspace obscurity by Universal Motown execs, Vita’s first major performance was as the opening act at the 2009 Thanksgiving Day NFL half-time show.  The TuneCore administered composition “Fix You” is certified Gold, was nominated for Best Dance Record at the 2013 Juno Awards and enjoyed time in the Top 40 Pop Chart in Canada.  Chambers’ newest single “What If” is available now via all major digital stores.

TuneCore Publishing Administration client Dana Johnson is a writer, producer and classically trained guitarist who accounts for one half ofAvery-Sunshine the critically acclaimed R&B/Soul act Avery*Sunshine.  Always true to their roots, the two met in a Philadelphia, PA church where Johnson was understandably taken with Sunshine’s thunderous, gospel-bred pipes.  Relentless touring with the likes of Ledisi, B.B. King and Musiq Soulchild have helped her singles “Ugly Part of Me” and “All in My Head” reach heavy rotation on Music Choice, VH1 Soul and Centric.  TuneCore distributes and administers the compositions for their latest effort, The Sunroom, a bold collection that takes listeners through themes of love, longing, pain, power and redemption.

Burning-SpearTuneCore Publishing Administration client Winston Rodney, better known by stage name Burning Spear, is a celebrated Jamaican roots reggae writer and performer.  One of the most influential Rastafarians to emerge from the 1970’s movement, Burning Spear has 12 Grammy nominations and two wins for Best Reggae Album; one at the 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000 for Calling Rastafari, and one for 2009′s Jah Is Real.  Featured compositions administered by TuneCore include “Marcus Garvey,” “Slavery Days” and “Columbus.”

TuneCore Publishing Administration proudly represents the catalog of former Kid N’ Play label mate and frequent Gangstagrass Tone-zcollaborator Jason Keaton aka T.O.N.E-z.  Affectionately referred to by fans as the collaborative Rap + Appalachian genre “rappalachia,” Gangstagrass and T.O.N.E-z composed the theme song to the breakout hit Justified on FX.  The composition titled “I’m Gonna Put You Down,” received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, making Keaton the first rapper ever to be nominated for the award.

Recent Licenses & Placements

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TuneCore Pays Out $33.2 Million in Artist Earnings

Sees 300% Growth in Revenues for Publishing Administration Clients in Q2 2014

Growth in streams, downloads & licensing deals illustrate healthy opportunities in evolving business of music 

Increases in Asia, Brazil, Germany, Mexico and Scandinavia demonstrate power of digital music globalization for driving success

New York, NY – July 16, 2014 – Demonstrating growing opportunities for artists in the evolving business of music, TuneCore today announced that digital music distribution payouts to TuneCore Artists in Q2 2014 exceeded $33.2 million, an 18.4 percent increase over Q2 2013. Since its inception in 2006, TuneCore has paid $438.8 million to artists from a total of 8.8 billion streams and downloads.  Q2 also saw the company reach the 1 million milestone for registered artist account holders, a testament to the increasing opportunities for the emerging population of musician-entrepreneurs.

In Q2, TuneCore Music Publishing Administration drove an impressive gain of 300 percent in songwriter earnings over the same period in 2013. Through TuneCore’s unique solution for worldwide composition registration, royalty collection and YouTube monetization, more earnings from sources around the world are being delivered into songwriters’ pockets. Songwriters are becoming more aware of the complexity of royalty collection and understand that a publishing administrator such as TuneCore is necessary in order to maximize and collect revenues they earn globally.

An infographic with year-to-date milestones can be found at

Tapping High-Growth Markets Outside of the US

The ability to easily distribute music to new and emerging markets throughout the world is also proving to be of increasing importance to independent artists. In Q2, TuneCore saw incredible gains in markets outside of the US, with artist earnings from music distribution increasing 43 percent in Germany, 46 percent in Mexico, 52 percent in Asia, 65 percent in Scandinavia and a staggering 147 percent in Brazil.

Maximizing artists’ ability to capitalize on these high-growth regions and ensuring artists’ music is available wherever audiences are looking for it, TuneCore continues to expand its relationships with top stores and services around the world.  In Q2 2014 TuneCore added a number of international distribution channels including Asia’s largest subscription-based music service, KKBOX, and the leading music distribution service in Africa, Spinlet. With these additions, TuneCore distributes to more than 80 partners operating in over 200 countries and territories, driving opportunities for musicians in some of the world’s fastest-growing markets.

Securing Lucrative Sync Licensing Opportunities

TuneCore’s Music Publishing team also continues to offer innovative earning opportunities for songwriters through TV, commercial and movie placements thanks to the company’s proprietary Sync and Master Licensing Database and in-house Creative team.  In Q2, TuneCore-attained music licensing deals resulted in placements in Birdman (Movie), on Fox Sports TV, in NBC sitcom Growing Up Fisher, and in advertisements for Fairfield Inn as well as a  Chevrolet promotion featuring the famed Manchester United soccer team.

“TuneCore is proud to give artists and songwriters the tools to succeed in the ever-evolving business of music and to be a driving force supporting a new generation of musician-entrepreneurs,” commented TuneCore CEO Scott Ackerman. “The results we’re seeing show that the music business is still ripe with opportunity, and we are committed to providing the comprehensive toolset to ensure musicians and songwriters get their music out to the world and that they earn all they can from it.”

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 $438.8 million on 8.8 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


Music Producer & Songwriter Drehz Talks Publishing Success

TuneCore’s Music Publishing team works with a diverse community of songwriters, helping them collect the worldwide royalties generated by their compositions.  Today we’re shining a spotlight on one of the talented songwriters in our community, independent music producer Drehz, whose instrumental arrangements have been used on shows like Dancing with the Stars and Dance Moms.  We caught up with Drehz to learn about his journey as a songwriter and find out what results he’s seen since signing up with TuneCore Music Publishing…

How were you collecting and managing your songwriter royalties before becoming a TuneCore music publishing administration client?

Before becoming a TuneCore client I wasn’t able to collect my royalties as an independent producer.  TuneCore is working on my behalf to collect thousands of dollars in royalties I would have not seen if I was trying to figure it out on my own.

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

I decided to go with TuneCore from a referral of another independent musician/friend.

You’re a versatile producer, especially known for your work in hip hop and dance music.  Have you noticed any trends in genre popularity?

I have definitely seen a trend in the style of music I’ve produced.  I’ve had many requests from around the globe, starting in the U.S., then Canada, and now my compositions are recognized in over 60 countries worldwide.

Can you talk about your journey as a songwriter?  Were there particular challenges you faced early on in your career (or some you still face today)?

There have and will always be challenges in writing.  That’s what makes the journey fun.  To stay progressive, you have to look for new ideas, new experiences, and work hard.  Having a team is always a blessing, and collaboration is key.

I travel a lot and work through mobile with other writers and producers.  Advancements in technology have only benefited us by making it easier to share ideas across the globe.

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

The most lucrative publishing revenue stream has been from synching my music with television networks, and also through digital streaming.

How did TuneCore Publishing play a role in helping negotiate sync licensing opportunities that came your way?

TuneCore has helped negotiate sync licenses for my music placements on television.  When I’ve gotten outside requests for TV features, the TuneCore Publishing team has handled the negotiations and paperwork and they’ve secured fair fees for the use of my music.

Is there a sense of loyalty with shows or productions that use your music?  Do you notice a snowballing in placements from this kind of publicity?

Yes,  a lot of my requests worldwide have been due to people hearing my music on television, or finding it through social media.

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

I’ve received royalties in over 60 countries, some of which I’ve never heard of before.  I’m happy to be able to make such an impact with my music.

What do you think is the biggest opportunity for songwriters related to music publishing?

The biggest opportunity for songwriters is the exposure they will get.

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

As the music industry continues to evolve, I see songwriters being able to create more opportunities themselves.  With the help of companies like TuneCore, songwriters now have the knowledge and resources to learn the business.  Songwriters are able to spend more time on the creative side and do what they do best—write—while trusting a publishing administrator to handle the rest.

The Latest from TuneCore Music Publishing Administration

We’re cruisin’ through June and we have lots of news to report from the TuneCore Music Publishing Administration office.  Get the latest on who joined our community of songwriters, and find out which compositions were recently featured in film and TV…

Songwriter Highlights

JesseBoykinsIII_5Chicago bred and New York trained, TuneCore Music Publishing songwriter Jesse Boykins III embodies all the trappings of a global superstar in the making.  After participating in the highly respected Red Bull Music Academy, Boykins went to work on what became the full length April 22 release Love Apparatus with collaborator/producer Machinedrum (Azelia Banks, Theophilus London). The lyric/dance video to the first single, “Plain,” reminiscent of Maxwell and D’Angelo, debuted on and is reviewed by Esquire as “a rocket shot of a single that’s dashed with a bit of R&B, a little soul, splattered with electro flourishes.”

Recognized for leading the 90’s Swing Revival movement, a long-Eddie-Nicholsrunning residency at LA’s The Derby (of Swingers fame) and a featured onscreen performance in The Mask, TuneCore Publishing Administration is proud to announce the addition of primary Royal Crown Revue songwriter Eddie Nichols to our catalog. Nichols’ TuneCore administered compositions have been heard live in support of The Pretenders and B-52’s as well as several film and TV appearances, more recently in Gene Simmons Family Jewels.

Ilan-RubinAlthough he’s known in most circles as the touring drummer for Nine Inch Nails, Angels & Airwaves and Paramore, TuneCore Music Publishing client Ilan Rubin shines as a multi-instrumentalist and anthemic rock songwriter for his solo project The New Regime. Released as the first in a series of E.P.’s, Exhibit A is a stellar eight song collection, reminiscent of Dave Grohl’s post-Nirvana ascension to becoming a world class front man.

Recent Licenses & Placements

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10 Touring Must-Haves from Blood on the Dance Floor

It’s release day for electronic pop band Blood on the Dance Floor—their latest album Bitchcraft is now live on iTunes.  Though the duo’s busy touring the US, we had a chance to catch up with Dahvie Vanity to get his quicklist of must-haves for every tour…

1. Travel with a joint Sound Guy/Tour Manager.  It’s always good to have a dude who can handle two jobs at once—someone who can lead and be an inspiring force to others, while also making sure you sound awesome.

2. Nutella is an essential for any tour.  Don’t question it!  Just take my advice.

3. Always always always make sure you have an epic light show that sets the mood for your music.

4. Verizon can get you coverage pretty much anywhere on tour.  I’ve tried them all and Verizon is your only reliable source of communication on the road.  Save yourself the time and get Verizon.

5. Make sure you have wireless internet to keep your fans aware of your tour dates. You can also Instagram all the wonderful memories you make on the road and share them with your fans and family.

6. Gratitude is the attitude!  Say thanks to your team for their hard work and service. Your team is the family you make on tour.  Treat them with respect and always show your appreciation for having them help make your dreams come true.  It will go a long way for you!

7.  Keep your hygiene in check on tour.  Stock up on deodorant, tooth paste, and socks.  Don’t forget to pack a first aid kit as you may injure yourself on tour.  I’ve been touring for almost seven years and on almost every tour I’ve gone on I’ve ended up in the ER at some point.

8. Baby wipes!  You never know what accidents will happen on the road.  Baby wipes will clean up anything. This is a tour essential.

9. Books and video games are great ways to pass the time on long road trips.

10. Stay healthy and avoid fatty foods—you want to make sure you perform at your best every night.  Make sure to keep your cardio up by running or lifting weights.  Work hard for great results!

And that concludes my top 10 touring needs!  Farewell and may joy be with you on the road.

Got your own list of tour essentials? Let us know in the comments!


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.

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