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The Latest News From TuneCore Publishing

After a busy month of A3C and CMJ, November creeped right up on us! But as always, we’ve got awesome stuff to report from our Music Publishing Administration office in Burbank, CA! Take a look at who has joined our songwriter community and which compositions have recently been licensed in film, commercials and TV shows.

Songwriter Highlights

hudson-1With a stylistic tip of the cap to Americana trail blazers Jack White, The Black Crowes and ZZ Top, TuneCore Music Publishing writer David Hudson leads his group HUDSON on a neo-classic rock bender on their latest effort, Into the Unknown. Creating music they hope reaches the depths of your soul, their altruistic mantra is paying dividends with their single “Weightless” gaining traction at radio and a recent feature on The Collective on NuvoTv Powered by Vevo.


TuneCore Music Publishing is proud to administer select compositions from the highly regardedsongwriter, Gregory Page. Page is an English born Irish/Armenian musician who creates oddly compelling songs that are full of cinematic melodies. Perhaps best written by the composer himself, “The tightrope my music teeters upon is the struggle between tradition & progress, history & fantasy. I am the songbird & the worm.” Fellow troubadour and Page’s most recent producer Jason Mraz calmly states, “He’s the real deal, a rare gift.”

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 11.10.48 AMTwin brothers Niels and Torsten Kinsella, along with producer Thomas Kinsella and drummer Lloyd Hanney, make up the creative brain trust behind one of the world’s most intense, musically and visually inventive post-rock bands, God is an Astronaut. TuneCore Music Publishing proudly  administers the full catalog from the Glen of the Downs, Ireland instrumental rockers, including their 2005 breakthrough All is Violent, All is Bright and latest release, Origins.

Sync & Creative
In addition to our Sync & Master Licensing Database, our creative staff continuously works to place TuneCore administered copyrights across all multi-media. Recent pitches include music for Sony Playstation’s MLB 15: The Show, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Entourage, an upcoming unscripted series on ABC Family, Vans branded content projects and trailers for the Netflix documentary My Own Man.

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In The News
We stay 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:

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The State of the Music Industry According to TuneCore Artists

By Dwight Brown
These days, the business of music evolves faster than a drumbeat. So how do artists keep up and can they?

In true TuneCore fashion, we’ve asked our TuneCore Community —indie artists and label management—for their take on the state of the music industry. 1,112 respondents shared their viewpoints in an online survey conducted September, 2014.

What happened? Well, they weren’t shy. They told us everything! Their answers and insights provide guideposts and roadmaps for fellow musicians. So listen up.

Here are some Key Highlights from the survey.


Across the board, survey respondents agree that streaming services make it easier for new fans to find music (67.46% true/very true).

Distribution without a label

Across all demographic categories, respondents consider the fact that they can get their music out without a label to be the most important digitally-driven change to the music industry (64.66% rating #1 or #2).

Social platforms

Facebook was the clear leader when it comes to social networks important for connecting with fans, with 65.11% of survey respondents ranking it first or second.

Distribution Channels

iTunes was clearly the top pick, with 65.83% of all respondents placing it in the most important slot. Spotify and YouTube are vying for #2.

5-Year Revenue Outlook

Live performance was the top choice across all groups, with licensing and paid downloads coming in either second or third.

The business of music has changed fundamentally and dramatically, but through our TuneCore community’s opinions, we can see that change can bring new opportunities.

This new generation of musician-entrepreneurs is using the music industry’s warp-speed evolution to their advantage. As they do, they’re taking control of their careers and finding new ways to make money while making their music.

Listen up.

Read our What do the Artists Think? survey in its entirety.

New ‘Winter Showcase 2014′ Compilation Album – Submit Your Song Now

It’s officially getting darker a little earlier and the leaves will all have fallen soon – you know what that means, right? An opportunity to reach new fans via our upcoming Winter Showcase 2014 compilation album! This compilation will be featured on Amazon Music, and we would love for your new track to be a part of it.

Past TuneCore promotional compilation albums have seen over 300,000 downloads, and they consistently rank in the Top 10 for free albums on Amazon Music U.S. around their release dates.

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To be considered for our new compilation, just fill out the form and remember these key points:

-All TuneCore Artists are invited to submit new music for inclusion on the compilation.

-In order for a song to be considered, it must be distributed by TuneCore between November 3-23, 2014 and the entry form must be submitted by November 23rd, 2014, midnight EST.

So, what are you waiting for?! Click here to learn more and submit your new music.


TuneCore Sub-Publishing Agreements Announced

Publishing administration deals with Basement Brazil Editoria Musical and D-Version Music Publishing get songwriters paid when compositions are performed, downloaded, streamed and sold in high-growth regions.

New York, NYOctober 30, 2014 – With increasing revenue opportunity of digital music distribution in international markets, TuneCore Music Publishing Administration today announced two new sub-publishing agreements that bring revenue-collection opportunities in Brazil and Greece. The deals with independent publishers Basement Brazil Editoria Musical, Ltda. and D-Version Music Publishing, Ltd. will enable songwriters who use TuneCore Music Publishing Administration to receive royalty payments when their compositions are performed, downloaded, streamed and sold.

The agreements with Basement and D-Version give TuneCore the ability to register songwriters’ compositions with the local societies responsible for local royalty collection. Once a composition is registered, the royalties collected by the society on behalf of the songwriter will be collected and redistributed by TuneCore. Without a publishing administrator, these earned royalties would be virtually impossible for independent songwriters to collect from the local society.

International markets are growing revenue drivers for independent artists, and Brazil and Greece both hold particularly high growth potential. Brazil continues to be a fast-growing music market, as indicated by TuneCore Artist revenues increasing 147% in 2013 vs. 2012.

“As two fiercely-independent companies dedicated to supporting independent artists and songwriters, TuneCore and Basement are a natural fit,” stated John Telfer, Co-Owner, Basement. “We are honored to have been chosen by TuneCore to be their sub-publisher in Brazil and to play an important role in their ongoing mission to help get music out and monetized around the world.”

Greece, which is newly experiencing the digital music revolution, is also poised for marked gains. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), digital music revenues in Greece were 28% of the country’s total music revenues in 2013 and are projected to grow at a rate outpacing that in the US.

“All of us at D-Version are very excited to work with a game-changing company like TuneCore,” commented Denise Andrikopoulou, Owner of D-Version. “As the world of music publishing in the digital distribution era continues its evolution, it’s partnerships like ours that will ensure songwriters from around the world are able to get their hands on their hard-earned royalties.”

“Digital distribution has made the music industry truly global, yet the model of royalty collection and payment remains localized,” stated Jamie Purpora, President of TuneCore Music Publishing Administration. “At TuneCore, we’re focused on ensuring artists and songwriters can take advantage of the worldwide opportunity. It’s partners like Basement and D-Version that help us to make that a reality.”


10 Reasons To Choose TuneCore Music Publishing Administration

[Editors Note: This is a re-posted blog from 2/10/14, originally written by Jacqueline Rosokoff. We’ve made some minor updates, but other than that, enjoy and be sure to visit our Publishing Administration page for more info!]
You put a lot of work into writing songs.  And because these compositions form the foundation of your career, you want to make sure they’re being treated properly.  A Publishing Administrator will represent your compositions and make sure you get all of the royalties owed to you from the use of your music around the world.  By getting a publishing deal with TuneCore, you’ll get a top notch team on your side, fighting on your behalf and giving you opportunities to maximize your songwriter royalty collection.

Here’s how we’ll do it…

1. We collect all of your songwriter royalties from all over the world.

When your compositions are downloaded, streamed and used in other ways around the world, you generate worldwide royalties.  And just because your song was streamed by a fan in Estonia doesn’t mean you shouldn’t receive each penny you’re owed.  We’ll register your compositions with the societies and digital stores in over 60 countries and collect royalties for all revenue types relating to your compositions.

2. It’s easy as pie.

Royalty collection shouldn’t cause headaches.  It’s an easy online sign-up process to get started working with TuneCore for publishing.  We’ve also built the system so you can add as many compositions as you’d like, as often as you’d like, through your account. Plus, you can check on the registration status of your compositions and submit multiple new splits at the same time, once again, all through your TuneCore account.

3. A low price and fair terms.

Songwriters deserve a fair deal when it comes to music publishing, no question about that.  With our publishing service, songwriters pay a one-time setup fee of only $75. You can add compositions at any point, at no extra cost.  Also important to note, we charge a low commission of only 10% of the royalties we collect for you (or 20% of secured licensing placements pitched by our Creative team).

Plus, you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in a multi-year agreement.  We know things change, and we’ve built our agreement to be year-to-year.

4. Your compositions, your rights.

You wrote the music, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have all of your rights.  If you’re a TuneCore Music Publishing customer, you’ll maintain 100% ownerships of your copyrights.

5. We’ve got proof you’re owed songwriter royalties.

If you work with TuneCore for both publishing and distribution, you’ve got a big advantage: a built-in audit trail.  Because we can see exactly how many times your music was downloaded and streamed, and exactly where these uses occurred, our Publishing Administration team knows exactly how much you’re owed, and they can prove it to the entities around the world who have your songwriter royalties.  There’s no fooling us.

6. Maximize your earnings from your music.

One more reason to partner with TuneCore for both distribution and publishing: all of your distribution sales revenue and publishing royalty information will go into one place, your TuneCore account, making it easier to manage your business.  And don’t forget, when you distribute your music so fans can download and stream it around the world, you’re generating more publishing royalties, which means you’re maximizing your earning potential.

7. Be part of the Sync & Master Licensing Database.

Synchronization Licensing can be an incredibly lucrative revenue stream for a songwriter.  Because of this, we want to give all TuneCore songwriters the opportunity to have their compositions considered for use in film, TV, commercials and more.  We’ve created the Sync & Master Licensing Database, available exclusively to Music Supervisors so they can search for music for their projects.  Our in-house licensing and creative team also actively pitches compositions to industry tastemakers to get your music more exposure.  If a Music Supervisor wants to use your music, our Creative team will negotiate all rights and fees on your behalf to make sure your composition is licensed legally, and at the most favorable terms.  We’ve got your back.

8. Make money from your music on YouTube.

You earn money every time people use your composition in their YouTube videos and people watch videos of your music on your own YouTube channel. And if you’re a TuneCore Music Publishing customer, we’ll get you the royalties your composition generates. That’s because a YouTube video is a synchronization use, and that’s covered in a TuneCore publishing deal.

9. We work with Performing Rights Organizations, no conflict here.

Songwriters often ask us if being affiliated with a Performing Rights Organization (PRO) causes a conflict with our publishing service.  The answer? Nope! It’s important to have both a PRO and a Publishing Administrator working on your behalf.  We work together with SESAC, ASCAP, BMI, etc. to get you all of the songwriter royalties you’re owed.

10. We’ve got experience on our side.

You want a publishing administration you can trust.  One that knows how the industry works, and how to make sure you get all that you’re owed.  Our team has over 100 years of combined experience representing and servicing songwriters’ compositions worldwide.  If you work with us, you can be sure we’re doing all we can to fight on your behalf.

Lots of information to digest?  We agree.  When you’re ready, take a look at our site to learn more about how we support songwriters, and reach out to us for more info.

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Holiday Merch Buying Tips

[Editors Note: By Bob Jacobson, President & CEO of Mixonic, Inc. – an online company that makes it easy for artists and brands to manufacture custom digital media and branded promotional products. TuneCore MerchLink is powered by Mixonic.]

It’s getting cooler outside, leaves are changing colors and the smell of turkey is almost in the air. It’s merch buying season – when your fans want to buy your band gear for themselves and as holiday gifts for friends and family. It’s also the time to stock up for selling at next year’s gigs. As you get ready to design and order your merch, here are a few pointers.

  • Tee Time. T-shirts are still the best-selling band merch, as they are affordable, practical, available in many style choices and a great canvas for your artwork. Classic fabric colors still rule – black, white and grey tees remain really popular for bands, with natural earth tones and muted colored heathers gaining popularity in the past few years. Short sleeve crew neck shirts are the primary cut for guys, but if you want something just for ladies, tanks and v-necks top the list. For the budget constrained, 100% cotton or 50/50 cotton/poly blends in well known, household brands (Hanes, Gildan and Anvil) are the economical favorites. If you can afford more stylish fabrics and brands, tri-blends from Bella+Canvas and Next Level are really popular – and for good reason, as they offer great touch, great fit and great looks. Your fans will love the style and you’ll be able to charge more for these shirts. Whatever your shirt choice, strongly consider using a graphic designer to ensure great artwork on your retail shirts. Even if your fans love you, they’ll be more inclined to buy (and wear) your tees if the design rocks.
  • Warm Up Gear. Consider cold weather merch, particularly if you’re touring and selling in the Northeast or Midwest during the winter months. Hoodies are highly practical, fashionable and a premium item for your biggest fans who are willing to open their wallets. In fact, maybe everyone at your gig will buy a hoodie on those cold winter nights. Hoodies come in a number of weights, some great for wearing throughout the year, even in warmer climates. Another option is to stock up on beanies. They’ll look great embroidered with your band name or logo design. Beanies are a useful, high quality merch item most fans can afford. If you’re playing in outdoor venues, beanies are a great merch table item.
  • Christmas in July? Err, maybe not. Let’s face it…Santa Claus on your tee shirts likely won’t be your fan’s fashion pick in the middle of summer. Consider designs that will make your fans want to put on your gear all year round. Don’t risk your merch making its way to the bottom of their dresser drawer. Unless you’ve got a large fan base and budget for many SKUs, avoid seasonal designs on tees.
  • Order Early (by mid November)! Avoid out of stock items and weather related shipping delays, plus leave yourself cushion for artwork issues so that you have as much time to sell your branded gear as possible. If you’re planning to sell for the holidays, you’ll want your inventory in hand right after Thanksgiving. That means ordering in the first half of November. Remember, it will usually take 2-3 weeks for your custom merch items to arrive.
  • Holiday Mix. It’s your music, your art, your style, your message. But, it’s your fans who’ll be wearing the hoodies, tee shirts, hats, beanies and other items you want to sell, so make sure you’ve got flavors to support different sizes and tastes. You’ll want sizes from small to extra large. If you’ll be selling a lot, make sure to order some XXL sizes for your biggest fans. And, consider different color fabrics – don’t assume just because you like black tees that everyone else does.
  • Amp Up Your Selling. Your merch won’t sell on its own, even to fans who love you. You need to let your customers know you’ve got merch. Tweet them and send them messages and pictures through Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and your website. For selling at venues, make sure to conveniently place your merch table and take time to display your merch with flair so your fans see it and want to buy it.

Your fans want to show their love for your music and band. If you design great gear that’s stylish and practical with the right mix of colors and products, merch is a great and fun way to make money for your band.