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Latest News From TuneCore Publishing

It’s been a muggy August here in Brooklyn, but naturally our Music Publishing Administration team in Burbank continue to comfortably work their tails off! Take a look at some of our latest news from our west coast team. If you’re curious about our Music Publishing Administration services, check us out!


Screen_Shot_2015-08-11_at_6.52.22_PMThe incredibly successful reggae band, Stick Figure, was formed by songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Scott Woodruff. Since 2006, Stick Figure, has released five full-length albums including the TuneCore Music Publishing administered album, Burial GroundBurial Ground reached number #1 on both the iTunes and Billboard Reggae charts, and has gained millions of plays on Spotify since its debut.

After Woodruff formed a live band in 2012, Stick Figure has shared the stage with such reggae artists as Rebelution and Tribal Seeds. Currently, Stick Figure is joining Slightly Stoopid and The Dirty Heads on a U.S national tour and is slated to play the inaugural KAABOO Festival in San Diego this fall.


Cameroon-born, pop singer-songwriter and former member of Prince’s New Power Generation band, Andy Allo, released her newest EP and PledgeMusic funded project, Hello, in April of this year. Hello reached 143% of the goal amount through PledgeMusic, and Allo chose to donate 10% of the excess proceeds to the charity, Invisible Children. Her newest EP, which TuneCore Music Publishing is proud to administer, is the follow-up to her 2012 release, Superconductor, which was executive-produced by Prince.

In addition to being an accomplished musician, Allo also is both an actress and model and has been in various commercials and ad campaigns. Allo also recently surprised fans with an intimate, impromptu performance in a convenience store on an episode of TuneCore’s and Swisher Sweets’ Convenience Store Sessions.


In addition to our Sync & Master Licensing Database, our creative team continuously works to place TuneCore administered copyrights across all visual media. Recent pitches include music for November Criminals starring Ansel Elgort and Chloë Grace Moretz, several TV shows including Red Oaks and Dating Naked, and a trailer for the film, I Smile Back, starring Sarah Silverman.


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“The Wild Life”
Writer: Carlos Sosa
Artist: Outasight
“Hip Hop Jazz Drum Solo”
Writers: Robert Silverman,   Michael Silverman
Artist: Anthem Drums
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(video game trailer)

“Dopaminex – Dance of the Sugar plum Fairy (Hip Hop Remix)”
Writer: Med Shaw
Artist: Dopaminex


TuneCore stays current on industry news to make sure we’re the first to know how new legislation and deals will affect our writers. Here are links to recent articles you need to know about:

The Dept. of Justice Said to Be Considering a Baffling New Rule Change for Song Licensing

9 Music Supervisors Sound off on Getting Your Music Into Film & TV

Listen: TuneCore Chief Creative Officer Joe Cuello on Bompopradio

About ten months ago, a music industry vet by the name of Joe Cuello joined the TuneCore family as our first-ever Chief Creative Officer. His addition to the team marked a giant step forward for our brand as we seek to create more opportunities for our community of independent artists. Joe’s expertise and experience has already been more than felt since he’s assumed his role, namely as he spearheaded the development of the wildly successful TuneCore Live event series, our exciting Convenience Store Sessions, and our upcoming inaugural Indie Artist Forum.

Back in April, Joe hopped into Dash Radio’s studio for an awesome, business and music focused interview with Dylan Berry, host of the Bompopradio Show. You want real-world industry advice and discussion? Doesn’t get much realer than this! So get listening, TuneCore Artists, and don’t hesitate to take a few notes. It’s available as a podcast and can be streamed below:

Got thoughts on this interview? Discuss in our comment section below, we love to hear your feedback and ideas.

Interview: Jesse Cafiero of Split Screens Chats Publishing & Sync Licensing

Jesse Cafiero is the mastermind behind Bay Area’s Split Screens. Releasing a debut EP in 2012, Split Screens has gone on to release several singles and a full length, Before the Storm, last summer. The pop gems Cafiero create have been described as “sonic landscapes that take in the old and the new, the rough and the smooth.”

A visual collage artist, he’s no stranger to blending, layering and bringing together sounds in order to create something truly unique. As an indie artist, Cafiero took steps early in the development of Split Screens to make sure his royalties were being accounted for and collected. As a TuneCore Publishing Administration artist, he was thrilled to learn that we had landed his single “Close Your Eyes” in a 2015 episode of the long-running Fox series Bones! TuneCore is thankful that Jesse chose us for Publishing Administration, and we’re super proud of his recent accomplishment. We chatted with Jesse about his influences, his art, and the understandable initial naivety that surrounds a complex area like music publishing.

Tell us about you got started making music. 

Jesse Cafiero: I’ve been making music practically since I can remember, I started taking piano lessons when I was about 5 or 6 and did that until I started playing bass when I was about 14. A big influence musically in my childhood was my older brother who played a little piano as well. I remember hearing him playing a melody he had come up with and being fascinated hearing something actually being created. I was around 10 at the time and soon after started writing melodies of my own, though it would be a while until I started writing concrete songs.

You’ve played different instruments in numerous bands. What sparked the creation of Split Screens?

Split Screens came about soon after I moved to San Francisco from Boston in 2009. I had been playing as an upright and electric bassist for years and knew I had a separate side to my personality that wanted to get out in the form of singing and being in more of a lead role. It was a slow process for me making that change, I began Split Screens as a solo studio project and then after recording began to get a band together to bring those songs and arrangements to life.

Who do you cite as some of your earliest influences? Conversely, where are you finding inspiration in 2015? 

I’ve always been a big fan of psychedelic, classic rock. Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix were and still are huge influences for me; jazz players like John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner and Bill Evans shaped my academic years studying music. I gotta say I’m not as hip to new bands as I should be – in 2015 though, Radiohead still continues to impress me, their records are of the highest caliber of talent combined by incredibly hard work.

At what point did you start looking into music publishing administration options? What was your knowledge of this area beforehand?

I started looking into music publishing soon after my debut EP came out. I was busy writing new music that would be on my next LP and knew with all the songs combined that I had enough variety in the music to get more serious about having my music represented. My knowledge though of music publishing around that time was about the same as a good amount of indie artists starting out…not so much!

What interested you in TuneCore’s Music Publishing Administration services?

I really liked the administration part of it, there’s an ease of mind to uploading songs and having TuneCore take care of the details and coordinating with my performing rights organization (ASCAP). Plus, I certainly was interested in the fact that they pitched your music for sync licensing, though at the time I certainly wasn’t expecting to get a network TV feature!

Tell us how it felt when you found out “Close Your Eyes” would be used in the TV show Bones. 

It was clearly the most exciting thing that had happened to me in quite some time and definitely the biggest thing that had happened to the band thus far. 

When Pete Rogers [TuneCore’s Director of Creative] first hit me up and said that there was a license request for “Close Your Eyes”, I was completely shocked. Just taking a second to think about how a song I wrote alone in my first apartment in San Francisco was going to be on a network TV show was about as surreal a feeling as I’ve ever felt. But as much as that first email was exciting, the sync wasn’t confirmed at the time, it was just ‘looking good’. So then I had to play the waiting game for a few weeks, managing my own expectations in case they chose a different song. When I got the final ‘yes’ closer to the episode’s air time the feeling was just complete relief!

How has the placement affected your career thus far?

It’s been pretty recent that the episode aired so I think that a lot of the benefits from the placement have yet to be seen. It has been really cool getting new fans from around the world and I’ve appreciated that they took the time to find us since it does take some effort from either using Shazam or looking up the episode. As far the means to creating new music it’s been an incredible opportunity. Having the chance to recoup my recording costs for the LP “Close Your Eyes” was on along with putting performance royalty money into the next EP is a big deal. During these times in the music industry it’s pretty brutal out there, and I feel incredibly lucky that this placement happened in the first place!

What advice or insight would you share with independent artists similar to yourself when it comes to the importance of music publishing?

For me I’m kind of the cliche artist that could certainly take some more time learning about the business side of music. The truth is though, if you’re making a record you’ll be proud of, you’re going to put your time and spirit into that and you should make it as easy as possible to collect some money from your effort. Having a team pitching your music is incredibly important, too! There’s so many factors involved with landing a placement, the song fitting the write mood, the mix, the scene, etc. There’s a lot of luck involved but having a publisher with connections certainly helps your chances!

How important to you is the ability to collect international/songwriter royalties?

It’s incredibly important, I feel like especially during this time in the music industry indie artists need to make sure they have every avenue open to make income off their music.

What is in store for you musically in the next year?

My main priority is to finish up writing some new songs I’ve been working on and then getting into the studio to work on the next record! We’ll continue playing shows in the Bay Area and doing short west coast tours, those are really fun! 

I’ve also been working on expanding my collage art and engraining it with another stop-motion music video. The one I made for our single “Stand Alone” (featured belowgot a great response and it’s always fun to meld visual art and music whenever possible!

Wednesday Video Diversion: August 5, 2015

Happy Wednesday! Is your afternoon absolutely dragging? Fear not – tomorrow is Thursday AND we’ve got a round-up of dope TuneCore Artist music videos to keep you entertained while the clock ticks.

Joe Weller, “Wanna Do (ft. Emil)”

Darlings, “Mein the Sky”

Denny Strickland, “How Far You Wanna Go”

Dan Griffin, “Bordertown”

Madyx, “Some Kisses”

Reed Deming, “Want Me More”

Courtney Act, “Ugly”

1WayFrank, “Make It Happen (ft. Kodak Black)”

Yulema Ramirez, “Lowkey Flex”

Bassjackers & MAKJ, “Derp”

TuneCore Artists Earn More Than $35Million in Q2 of 2015!

NEW YORKJuly 29, 2015 — Leading digital music distribution and publishing administration service provider, TuneCore, announced today that TuneCore artists have earned more than $35 million in Q2 of 2015, a 6 percent increase versus the same time in 2014. Since 2006, TuneCore Artists have earned more than $576 million from over 18.7 billion downloads and streams.

International discovery is vital for incoming revenues, and working through its more than 150 digital partners around the globe, TuneCore is committed to its core mission of getting more artists’ music heard by more people around the world.  In Q2, emerging markets continued to play an important role in growing audiences for independent musicians: Central AmericaSouth America and Asia have experienced impressive growth, seeing 351 percent, 834 percent and 496 percent increases (respectively) in streams, compared to Q2 of 2014.

In the second quarter of 2015, TuneCore Publishing Administration collected 210 percent more artist income through TuneCore artists’ music placements in film and television over the same period in 2014.  Artists’ music appeared in high-profile campaigns such as the NHL Playoffs, “American Idol” Season 14, “Criminal Minds,” and much more.

An infographic with data and highlights is available here.


Major Q2 partnership initiatives focused on providing independent music creators additional tools to grow a successful business. TuneCore Domains offers .BAND and .ROCKS domain names and email addresses to all customers.  In addition, MSCLVR allows artists to create and share original links for their music on iTunes that can track sales and earn artists an additional 10 percent from global iTunes sales commissions.  Available through the TuneCore Artist Services portal, these offerings provide creative new ways for independent artists to brand their online presence, connect with fans, and gain more visibility for their music.

TuneCore also partnered with leading influencer marketing platform, TapInfluence, to give brands and agency marketers unprecedented access to independent music influencers for sponsored social campaigns. The partnership allows TuneCore to provide even more revenue opportunities and services for artists ready to take their careers to the next level.

Also in Q2, in partnership with Swisher Sweets Artist Project, TuneCore jointly launched Convenience Store Sessions, surprise pop-up performances at local convenience stores, all captured on video and shared online. The first of ten Convenience Store Sessions featuring FMLYBND and Andy Allo are live at New Convenience Store Sessions will pop up each month through the end of 2015, along with new programs focused on increasing exposure for artists worldwide and providing tools to help build their careers.

“The first half of 2015 has been an exciting time for TuneCore.  We are always looking for new ways to support independent artists and their careers, and as digital music consumption continues to grow, so do the potential revenue opportunities,” said TuneCore CEO Scott Ackerman. “We’re excited to see how the industry is evolving, so we can continue to identify new partners and services to help independent musicians further succeed on a global level.”

On September 19-20, TuneCore will host its inaugural Indie Artist Forum at SIR studios in Hollywood, California — the two day event is aimed at arming independent artists with the tools, relationships, and information needed to grow their careers.  The forum will feature roundtable discussions, keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and more.


In April, TuneCore joined with Believe Digital, the leading fully independent digital distributor and services provider for artists and labels worldwide. The strategic relationship opens up new, advanced revenue opportunities for TuneCore artists, providing new ways for independent artists worldwide to reach fans, sell music and advance their careers while still maintaining full control and ownership of their work.

The strategic partnership with Believe Digital provides TuneCore Artists with an opportunity to tap into Believe Digital’s comprehensive global services, providing a truly modern, DIY record label experience with ground support across the globe. Artists now have access to a wider digital distribution network and more tools and services to empower them to succeed, increasing the opportunities to get more music heard by more people in more locations. Believe Digital has offices in 29 countries and a staff of over 250 music industry and digital marketing experts.

Will Fans Recognize Your Music?

Let’s face it: it’s easy for music fans to get overwhelmed with options when it comes to finding their next favorite songs and albums. For the snobbier musical explorers, there’s blog after blog covering everything from Swedish black metal, to slacker rock. For hip hop fanatics, on top of blogs there are forums, and even platforms hosting mix tapes and singles that are uploaded seemingly by the minute. Music fans are constantly being inundated with new artists they’ve never heard before thanks to their favorite streaming platform’s “Related Artists” suggestion features.

With so much noise out there, it’s no wonder that artists are concerned about cutting through the clutter and standing out, so their work can be discovered and appreciated.

How Will Fans Identify My Music?

As fans find new ways to discover and connect with artists, the methods by which they choose to do so continue to evolve.  But even with all that noise, has their mentality really changed all that much? Think about it: fans can spend hours of their week reading blogs and listening to suggestions from their friends, but at the end of the day, nothing compares to the gratification of hearing a new song while you’re out and about that immediately leaves you wanting more.

That’s why, thanks in part to our collective addiction to smartphones, audio recognition apps play such a crucial role in modern music discovery.  As an artist, it’s important to know what music recognition apps are currently leading the market, how they work, and how they can help your fans go from enjoying your music to supporting your career.

The Leaders

Shazam continues to work wonders for the uninformed music fan who need to know more about that killer track they just overheard. (Not to mention, it can be a great method for solving that classic argument, “Who sings this?!”)  Beyond just allowing a user to identify a song’s name and performer, it also connects a user to purchase or stream opportunities, offers lyrics, creates playlists of recently discovered songs, and much more.  These features not only benefit fans, but make Shazam an appealing partner for artists hoping to turn listeners into lifelong supporters.

As Shazam’s market share continues to grow, their service continues to evolve.  “Shazaming” (yes, Shazam is trying to make their name a verb) can now help fans learn more not just about music, but about commercials, movie trailers, and more.  Keep an eye out for Shazam as it continues to grow – who knows what trick this popular app will learn next, and how it might benefit your career.

Similarly, SoundHound remains a strong competitor allowing music fans to identify music and even save those discoveries for later.  While SoundHound has been less active in expanding the functionality of their service, many of your fans could be using SoundHound’s trusted app for song recognition rather than Shazam, making it worth keeping an eye on as well.

Up and Coming

Facebook, the worldwide leader in social network active users, is rolling out features on its mobile apps allowing musical adventurers to automatically identify and share their most recently discovered songs. We’re not sure who you’re following on Facebook, but beyond pictures of food and babies, and often poorly scribed political rants, we tend to see a LOT of music being shared in our news feeds. After all, next to wanting to be the first to discover an awesome new song, the second most important thing to folks in 2015 is letting everyone know that they were the ones that heard it first!  Facebook’s music discovery offering may not be as well known yet, with Facebook’s powerful reach, seemingly infinite resources, and potential to turn music discovery into a social event, it may not hurt to begin thinking now about whether integrating your music with Facebook is right for your career.

So, if you think there’s too much noise out there for your music to stand out like it used to, don’t forget: people’s desire to hear a new song, identify it, and share it,  isn’t dead, it’s just revamped; and you, the independent artist, can surely stand to benefit from it.

Next Steps for TuneCore Artists

Don’t forget, you can choose to make your music accessible to fans through Shazam as well as SoundHound (via Rdio).  You can add your music to those services here.

If you chose to utilize our our Facebook Audio Recognition service, Facebook users will be able to not just identify, but share your tracks, too – whether your music is overheard at a party or your fans are just trying to spread the good word.  To learn more about TuneCore’s Facebook Audio Recognition service, click here.