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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.

UPDATE – RSVP now! | Save The Date: TuneCore Indie Artist Forum Sept. 19-20, 2015

You’re invited, TuneCore Artists:

Connecting with fellow indie artists goes beyond booking shows and interacting within your local scene. It’s about more than having a floor or couch to crash on when you’re out of town on tour. It’s about sharing ideas, struggles, opportunities, motivation and inspiration. Because nobody picks up an instrument, microphone or pen thinking, “This is gonna be a breeze!”

TC Artist Forum Flyer

That’s why we’re rolling out our first-ever TuneCore Indie Artist Forum at Sir Studios in Hollywood, CA from September 19-20, 2015. No cheesy name-tags or ‘getting to know you’ games. We’re talking involved and educational roundtable discussions, keynote speakers that live and breathe the music industry everyday, showcases that’ll include your talented TuneCore peers, and much more. TuneCore wants to show you that we’re  committed to bringing our artist community together for straightforward, tactical discussions about the daily reality of being an artist in today’s music industry landscape.

This one’s on us.

Since TuneCore is determined to present an opportunity to artists of all career levels and genres that gives them something truly valuable to walk away with, we’re presenting the Indie Artist Forum free of charge. We request that you only RSVP for the Indie Artist Forum if you’re definitely going to be in the LA-area on September 19-20. That way, we ensure that everyone gets a fair chance to attend and we are reaching a diverse group of TuneCore Artists.

“How can I RSVP?”

We’ll be offering you the opportunity to RSVP soon! Stay tuned for updates here on the blog and in your inbox. RSVP now by clicking here. There will be no cost to the artists that get one of the 200 available slots. Space is limited; interested parties must sign up for a chance to be selected by lottery for admittance. For any artist traveling to Hollywood, we will have hotel options available at a discounted rate.

Latest News From TuneCore Publishing

This summer sure is flying by! But as always, our team in Burbank, CA has been working away at collecting songwriter royalties and pitching on behalf of our TuneCore Publishing Administration Artists. Check out this month’s songwriter highlights, pitches and placements/licenses below.


TuneCore Music Publishing is thrilled to be working with raw blues/roots musician, Xavier Dphrepaulezz, known by his stage name, Fantastic Negrito. After suffering through a disastrous record deal and recovering from a near fatal car accident, the resilient musician has penned his unique experience of “making it” and losing it all on his self-titled EP.

This past January, Fantastic Negrito defeated thousands of entries to win the NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert Contest with the submission of his song, “Lost in a Crowd”, performed in a freight elevator in his native Oakland, CA.

His upcoming July 24th release, Fantastic Negrito Deluxe EP, features two preFantastic Negritoviously unreleased songs as well as every song from the original self-titled EP. Also included is the single, “An Honest Man”, which was selected as the theme song for the Amazon original drama, Hand of God. Fantastic Negrito has several summer tour dates planned including a stop at Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco.

Kansas raised and New York based singer-songwriter, Katie Buchanan, released her newest album and third release administered by TuneCore Music Publishing, Glow, earlier this year. Drawing from influences such as Fiona Apple and John Mayer, Buchanan pushes the confines of the singer-songwriter genre by creating her own unique style of folk/pop and blues inspired music.

Buchanan’s vocal and instrumental skill paired with her ability to write poKatie Buchananwerful, emotional songs gives this musician an invaluable edge. With this array of talent, it’s not surprising that the entirety of Glow was written, produced, and performed by Buchanan. Additionally, her music has been featured on sites like No Depression and Guitar World Magazine.


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 Beyond Deceit starring Josh Duhamel, several TV shows including Unforgettable and Damien, and sports programs like NASCAR on Fox.


Dancing WIth The Stars

Dancing With The Stars
“Hey Pachuco”
Writer: Eddie Nichols
Artist: Royal Crown Revue

Double Daddy

Double Daddy
“Butcher in the Sky”
Writer: David Jones
Artist: David Thomas Jones

NHL Playoffs Promotion

NHL Playoff Promos
“The City Surf”
Writer: Jamin Winans
Artist: Jamin Winans


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:

How to Make Money with Your Music on YouTube

SESAC Buys the Harry Fox Agency


Interview: Emily Fullerton on Balancing College & a Career in Music

TuneCore Artists come in all shapes and sizes: from hobbyists to full-time touring musicians, singer/songwriters and MCs to indie rockers and classical pianists. No matter how they differ, each is leading their own unique musical journey with ups and downs, struggles and opportunities. We do our best to offer a platform for different TuneCore Artists to share their stories, as we know without a doubt others in the community will relate!

Enter pop artist/songwriter Emily Fullerton. Balancing a music-focused college career and a budding music career, Emily attends Belmont University and lives in Nashville. Both the city and the school are destinations for aspiring artists, so she is not alone! Like other independent artists in her position, Emily must both complete a four-year education while building a network within a crowded music scene. She’s released her debut EP Daylight and her latest single “Take Off” via TuneCore. Emily has also been invited to be on a web series called Road To Nashville. We wanted to know how one works to use all of these experiences to complement each other, (while also maintaining some level of sanity), so we invited her to discuss it! Read more below.

Deciding to go to school for music requires commitment. When did you know for sure you wanted to pursue a career in songwriting?

Emily Fullerton: I took group guitar lessons after school when I was 10. The first songs I learned were by The Beatles. I loved it and knew I wanted to make music.

What kinds of efforts have you made during your schooling to better prepare yourself as a businessperson?

I’ve been networking like crazy. I go to Belmont University in Nashville and while you don’t have to do the academic thing to be in music, being here has really helped me make connections with people. The professors and mentors want to be there for you as a person, artist, and songwriter. They want to see you do well and they are always willing to help you out.

I’ve had some pretty cool opportunities come my way while living in Nashville and every single one was sparked by a connection from Belmont, whether it be a professor, classmate, or a friend. I don’t really like using the term ‘networking’ but that’s what it is. I believe that I’ll get to where I need to be in the business through the relationships I have with people.   

How would you compare those efforts to the experience of getting out there and gaining real life music business experience?

So far, I think it has been a balance between the classroom and ‘getting out there’. I have classes that teach me about publishers, PROs, and labels. There is a lot to learn about the business side and I want to learn as much as I can. But I also get out there and perform as much as I can. I do writers rounds at different venues in Nashville, and I have had a few opportunities to play in DC and some other events as well.

On that same note, what kind of network have you started to building in Nashville and on campus?

Like I said before, Belmont is a great school for making connections; the relationships I have made there with the professors, mentors and my friends have opened up a bunch of opportunities for me. When I was in high school, I hosted a benefit concert at the Hard Rock in DC for a school project. One of my mentors connected me with Richard On of O.A.R., and he has helped me a lot through encouragement and advice throughout this whole process. I guess I have been building the network since I really started getting serious, and Belmont and Nashville have been huge catalysts. But I got started on the right path with help from Richard and a few others.

Emily & Richard On of O.A.R.

What were your expectations of a city like Nashville? Were there any misconceptions?

Coming from Washington, DC, my definition of a city is very different from Nashville. I didn’t quite understand how different life would be like without a major metro system or a lot of diversity, (whether that’s ethnically, economically, or politically). I knew that Nashville was going to be an amazing place for me to grow as an artist and songwriter. I wasn’t wrong about that. I was wrong about how different life in Nashville would be compared to DC. I’m a city girl at heart: I love walking everywhere, dealing with the crazies on the street, and that fast paced environment you feel when you’re in a city like DC.

Nashville is a great place, it’s the pace that’s different. I have to say I am still learning how to adjust to these things. There is something very magical about the “laid back-ness” of the south. People are so nice to you. That “southern hospitality” is real. They claim that DC is still the south but people aren’t as nice there as they are in Nashville. I’m glad that I have had the chance to make Nashville a part of my journey. It’s such a vibrant and cool place for an artist and songwriter to learn and grow.

Have you found mentors and resources for inspiration in a city buzzing with likeminded musicians? Or is there a competitive nature to the scene?

I think going after a career in music puts you in a lot of sink-or-swim situations. You’re either going to crumble under the pressure to be different and talented, or you’re going to hustle and be yourself throughout the entire process. Yes, there is a competitive nature in Nashville and at Belmont, but it’s nothing compared to what I’ve heard about L.A. or New York.

One of the most inspiring parts of my Nashville experience has been going to songwriting class at school. I’m not sure why, but there is something that seems so powerful to me about a group of young aspiring songwriters who are all committed to helping each other grow. It’s magical, heartbreaking, and encouraging all at the same time.

How did you discover TuneCore, and how has it played into your overall musical journey?

I discovered TuneCore during the summer of 2013. One of my favorite producers from the D.M.V. area, Mark Williams at Sucker Punch Recording Co., told me about TuneCore. A lot of artists and bands he had worked with used it, so I checked it out. It has been a great and easy way to get my music out there. As an independent artist, the process of creating and sharing one’s music can be very intimidating, but TuneCore helps simplify the process.

Tell us about Road To Nashville and your experience on the web series.

Road To Nashville is a reality web series on AwesomenessTV based on the lives of five singer/songwriters in Nashville. I was one of the five featured cast members and let me tell you, it was a blast. The entire process of being on a web show was incredible. From the audition to the last episode, I feel like I learned so much from the experience. I learned how to be comfortable in front of the camera, how I wanted to be perceived as an artist on camera (including how I did my makeup, hair, wardrobe etc.), and I also got to meet some pretty cool people along the way.

During the entire filming of the show, we had a vocal coach, live performances, studio time, and interview sessions. This is one of those opportunities that I came across through a connection with a former Belmont student. I didn’t even know exactly what I was auditioning for when I got there because it was such a last minute thing, but it ended up working out in a pretty cool way.

What advice would you offer to a high school or college aged songwriter considering enrolling in a program like the one you’re in?

I would say make sure that music is your ultimate passion. Music programs are competitive and the business is even more competitive. If you feel like this is what you’re meant to do, no one can stop you, but many will try to. Work hard, don’t get discouraged, and be ready for the challenges and rejection. This sounds pretty harsh but it’s true. College is an investment no matter what, it’s a student’s responsibility to get as much out of it personally, artistically, and socially as possible.

Take advantage of the programs your school has but also take advantage of the city that you’re living in. I still have to tell myself over and over again that every song I write will not be good. Every live performance will not be flawless. It’s okay. These opportunities are designed to build and nurture you. I’ve had an amazing experience so far; attending a music school is a great place to start if you’re looking to become an artist, songwriter, or any part of the music industry.

TuneCore Sync Placements in Q2 2015

You probably already know TuneCore is about more than just selling your music online. On top of our suite of Artist Services, we’re continually building on our Music Publishing Administration services. Helping independent artists collect royalties transparently is rewarding – we love knowing that this revenue is allowing musicians and songwriters of all genres continue their musical journey.

Additionally, we’re extremely proud of our TuneCore Artists who get their music out to the world in the form of synchronization licensing. From TV shows and movies to video games and advertisements, sync placements are one of the most sought-after successes among independent artists. That’s why moving forward, in an effort to celebrate and showcase these licenses, we’ll be sharing highlights from each quarter here on the TuneCore Blog! If you’ve been interested in TuneCore’s Music Publishing Administration, peruse through these placements to see what our team has been up to:

Furious 7
Song Title: “Hamdulilah”
Writer: Yassin Alsalman
Artist: The Narcy featuring Shadia Mansour

Huggies Diapers (Commercial)
Song Title: “Hug (We All Need a Hug)”
Writer/Artist: Ben Sands

Better Call Saul
Song Title: “Milestones”
Writer: Jasper Wijnands
Artist: Shook

Batkid Begins (Trailer)
Song Title: “The Aviators”
Writer/Artist: Helen Jane-Long

Focus (Trailer)
Song Title: “Lisboa Mulata”
Writer: Pedro Goncalves
Artist: Dead Combo

American Idol
Song Title: “When the Moment Comes”
Writer: Erin Sidney
Artist: Mia Dyson

Once Upon a Time
Song Title: “Black Wolf’s Inn”
Writer/Artist: Derek Fiechter

Monday Night Football
Song Title: “Diamonds”
Writers: Joel Bruyere, Christopher Greenwood, Trevor McNevan
Artist: Manafest featuring Trevor McNevan

Song Title: “Close Your Eyes”
Writer: Jesse Cafiero
Artist: Split Screens

Criminal Minds
Song Title: “Ghosts In Control”
Writer: Braden Palmer
Artist: Detuned Kytes

NCIS: New Orleans
Song Title: “Winning”
Writer: Deandre Way
Artist: Soulja Boy

Song Title: “Fascination of You”
Writer: Darron Grose
Artist: John Turk

Song Title: “Thunder In Your Heart”
Writer: Lenny Macaluso
Artist: Stan Bush

Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory
Song Title: “Static”
Writers: Matthew Duda, Patrick Duda
Artist: Packy

Song Title: “Status Update”
Writer: Thomas Sturm
Artist: SsasS