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Closing Out a Strong 2015: TuneCore Artists Earn More Than $142 Million

NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2016 — TuneCore Artists earned $36.8 million from digital streams and downloads in Q4 2015, capping off another strong year of sustained growth, which saw independent artists on TuneCore earn over $142 million, a 7 percent increase from 2014. Publishing revenue for TuneCore artists was up 47 percent in 2015 and sync revenue up 57 percent, with placements in major feature films and network TV shows. Since its inception in 2006, TuneCore artists have earned more than $648 million collectively.

2015 Artist Earnings

Key Growth & International Expansion

As part of its continued commitment to support independent artists around the world, in 2015 TuneCore opened two new offices in the United States in key music cities, Austin and Atlanta, and launched two new international sites with TuneCore UK and TuneCore Australia.  With these new international expansions, TuneCore now offers local musicians in four countries outside of the U.S. – UK, Australia, Canada and Japan –  the opportunity to collect revenue in their local currency, including earnings from streaming services, digital download stores, songwriter royalties, and sync licensing opportunities.

TuneCore also continues to add stores in new, emerging markets throughout the world, including Saavn inIndia, Nmusic in Africa and the Middle East, and Zvooq in Russia.  In 2015, TuneCore saw an impressive 71 percent growth in new customers in the Latin American market and 55 percent growth in the African market.

New Hires

To further connect with the artist community and broaden opportunities for its customers, TuneCore added new talent to its executive team both in the U.S. and abroad. E-Commerce and marketing veteran Andreea Gleeson has been named Vice President, Marketing, assuming leadership of TuneCore’s global multi-channel marketing initiatives focused on the growth and retention of the company’s artist customer base. Additionally,Marie-Anne Roberts joins the TuneCore team as Vice President, International, leading expansion and growth in local markets around the world. Indie music veteran, Sam Taylor, has joined TuneCore as the UK brand manager helping to develop TuneCore’s brand presence and B2B relationships across the UK market.

Artist Highlights

The heart of TuneCore is the independent artist, and 2015 marked another landmark year for the TuneCore community. The artists continue to be heard across the world in all creative mediums, including on the big screen, with music featured in Universal Pictures’ “Furious 7” and  on the small screen in CBS’s “The Good Wife” and FOX’s “Family Guy”. The music of TuneCore’s independent artists was also included in national commercials for major brands such as Booking.com and Huggies.

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YouTube continues to grow as a key driver for artists’ revenue and with its YouTube Sound Recording Collection Service, launched in 2014, TuneCore grew royalties collected on the site by more than 370 percent. An artist who is in enrolled in TuneCore’s YouTube Sound Recording Collection Service, on average, earns$100 more than an artist not enrolled in this service.

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An infographic with full Q4 data and highlights is available here.

Looking to 2016

Building on the achievements of the past year, TuneCore is committed to further empowering independent artists through education and experience. Following the success of its inaugural TuneCore Indie Forum in Los Angeles last fall, TuneCore is excited to host the TuneCore Nashville Indie Forum on February 20. This forum will feature roundtable discussions and panels from a variety of music executives, professionals and artists, such as Peter Frampton, R.LUM.R, John Marks, Dan Huff and more, to educate attendees on today’s music landscape and the industry’s continued growth.

Additionally, in an effort to provide artists on-the-ground opportunities to reach wider audiences, TuneCore is expanding its popular TuneCore Live series from Brooklyn and Los Angeles to additional primary music hubs such as Nashville, Austin and Atlanta to reach more music fans across the country. TuneCore will also continue to strengthen its core offerings, including its music publishing administration business, always with an eye toward new ways to grow the careers of its independent artists, so their music may be heard by more people across the globe.

A Look Back at 2015: TuneCore Artists Shine

TuneCore Artists came out swinging for the fences in January of 2015 and rode the momentum all year. As a digital distributor offering creators the chance to get their music to the world without the help of a label, we’re unbelievably proud of the artists who use our services.

From country to hip hop, indie rock to electronica, and everything in between, here are some TuneCore Artist accolades we’re proud to have helped make a reality!

See you at the GRAMMYs!
GRAMMY Awards 2016

TuneCore artists, songwriters and arrangers are making some serious waves in the GRAMMY nomination pool:

“Shame” off the album Black Rose by Tyreese is nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song.

“Glory” off the Selma Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Common and John Legend is nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Song, and Best Song Written For Visual Media.

Fun Home is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album.

Other notable artists who have called TuneCore home for past releases that are nominated for GRAMMYs this year include Lori Henriques, Jose-Luis Orozoco, Natalie Jah Cure, Ai Kamauu, The Milk Carton Kids, Alex Cuba, Hayes Carl, Patrick Williams, Joey+Rory, and Lori McKenna. Good luck to all!

Cleaning up at the Latin GRAMMYs
Latin GRAMMY Awards 2015

In addition to the American ceremony of a year in music, we’re proud of our TuneCore Artists who were nominated and won in November during the Latin GRAMMYs:

Monsieur Perinè – winner, Best New Artist

Derroche De Amor by Alex Campos – winner, Best Christian Album

Nada Es Demasiado by Mojito Lite – nominee, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Flamboyàn by Camila Luna  – nominee, Best Pop/Rock Album

Son 45 by Ismael Miranda – nominee, Best Salsa Album

Buen Comino by Lucas Arnau – nominee, Best Contemporary Tropical Album

Esa Morena by Daiquiri – nominee, Best Tropical Fusion Album

Additional TuneCore nominees included Aida Cuevas, Mariachi Fior De Tolache, Diego Verdaguer, Los Gallitos, Perdi La Pose, Emmanuel y Linda, Tercer Cielo, Rockcito, Chini y Nacho, and Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. Congrats!

Taking Home the Tonys

Directed by Sam Gould, the production of Fun Home won Best Musical at the 2015 Tony Awards. TuneCore is proud to be the choice distributor for it’s original soundtrack – congrats to all involved!

Fun Home Musical

TuneCore Live, SXSW, Indie Artist Forum

2015 was a crazy busy year for our live event game. We offered artists the opportunity to play live in LA, Brooklyn, and Austin for our TuneCore Live event series; hit SXSW to support and celebrate our artists; and hosted our first ever Indie Artist Forum!

Check out all the highlights from those events at our 2015 Wrap Up page here.

A3C Fest 2015

For the second year in a row, TuneCore was honored to be named the official Distribution and Music Publishing Administration Sponsor of A3C Festival – the annual pillage to Atlanta, where hip hop rules. From showcases to panels, A3C is the preeminent melting pot of producers, MCs, industry folks, and of course, hip hop heads.

This year, with the announcement of our brand new Atlanta office, we brought our TuneCore Live series down south, featuring an awesome line up of up-and-comers, and a surprise close-out from the one and only Young Jeezy!

SNL Takes a Chance on Indie Talent

Speaking of indie hip hop – Chance the Rapper got the opportunity to wow America by becoming the first unsigned artist to ever perform on Saturday Night Live! He performed his latest single, “Somewhere in Paradise”, as well as “Sunday Candy” – both distributed via TuneCore.

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Soaring With Pigeons and Planes

Tastemaking music blog Pigeons and Planes always have their finger on what’s hot and new in hip hop, electronica, indie and pop. It’s only natural that when they listed their Best New Artists of 2015, TuneCore was well represented! Check out where they ranked:

#4 – Smino
#7 – Post Malone
#9 – Cousin Stizz
#13 – London O’Connor
#17 – AJ Tracey
#22 – dev09
#23 – Sjowgren
#27 – Leisure
#30 – Dylan Brady
#42 – KAMAU

In With the Pitchfork Crowd

Speaking of super influential blogs that compose super entertaining (and well written) lists each year, TuneCore Artists made it onto the staff list of 100 Best Tracks of 2015 over at Pitchfork! See how they fared:

#16 – “Sunday Candy” by Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment
#43 – “Flex” by Rich Homie Quan
#64 – “Angels (ft. Saba)” by Chance the Rapper
#83 – “Seeds” by Moses Sumney
#96 – “Nelly” by Isaiah Rashad

iTunes Best Of 2015 – Hitting All the Genres

This year our pals at iTunes rounded up their ‘best of’ and TuneCore Artists were popping up all over the place! Check out how they performed in each genre below:

Alternative Singles: 
#35 “Drag” by Daywave

Blues Albums:
#19 While the Cat’s Away by Matt Woosey
#20 Fantastic Negrito (Deluxe Edition) by Fantastic Negrito

Christian & Gospel Singles:
#15 “The Well” by JJ Heller
#38 “Destiny” by Tina Campbell

Country Albums:
#19 Hold My Beer, Vol. 1 by Randy Rogers

Hip Hop Albums:
#2 Surf by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment

Indie Albums:
#9 Surf by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment

R&B Albums:
#16 Aviary, Act 1 by Eryn Allen Kane

Singer Songwriter Albums:
#8 For the Taking by Elenowen
#15 Golden Age by Daniel Martin Moore

#8 Spotlight Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Needless to say, 2015 was a great year for our artists. Got some highlights and milestones of your own? Tell us about ’em in the comment section! Remember – whether it’s a first tour, a new release, or even just signing up with TuneCore, every step you take towards growing your music career is vital!

Spotify Helps Artists Celebrate Their “Year In Music”

As Spotify has continued to dole out new updates and features throughout 2015, the massively popular music streaming service is ending the year in style.

On top of the recent addition of Fan Insights and Artist About Pages, Spotify has rolled out their “Year In Music” feature, aimed to give fans and artists a look at the number of songs and genres that were played in 2015.

For fans, it’s a cool look into some statistics about not only their own listening habits this year, but also how the world responded to artists on Spotify.

On it’s Year In Music microsite, fans can view what songs and artists were particularly popular by each season, check out specific artist stories and highlights, enjoy the playlists that accompanied major events and movements throughout the world, and more. It truly provides an all-encompassing look back at 2015 with a data-driven soundtrack.

Artists, on the other hand, can use the Year In Music microsite to check out how many unique listeners streamed their music and for how much time in 2015. In fact, Spotify’s Year In Music feature generates a well-designed, individual ‘accomplishment card’ that includes all of that information.

Dom Kennedy's 'Year In Music' Accomplishment Card

The accomplishment cards are super easy to share across social media and serve as a great way to celebrate the year and thank fans for streaming! Check out directions on how to share below:

To share on Facebook:

1.Click the Facebook share icon
2. Click “On your own timeline”, select “On a page you manage”
3. Select which page
4. Share

To share via Twitter simply click the Twitter icon, insert your message and hit share. There is also a download button which allows you to save the card for Instagram or other upload needs.

iTunes Holiday 2015 Delays & Closures – Plan Ahead!

You read that right, folks! We’re already approaching the holiday season, and once again we’re here to remind you that it’s imperative to be prepared if you’re planning on distributing music during November and December. Like many of us, our pals at iTunes and other digital store partners take time off during the holiday, resulting in potential delays.

See below for some guidelines that’ll ensure you have a successful release just in time for the holidays:

  • In order for content to become available in iTunes and other stores between Friday, November 20th and Friday, December 4th you must upload and pay for distribution in TuneCore no later than Tuesday, November 10th.
  • In order for content to become available in iTunes and other stores between Friday, December 18 and Friday, January 1st you must upload and pay for distribution in TuneCore no later than Tuesday, December 8th.
  • In order for content to become available in iTunes and other stores between Monday, January 4th and Friday, January 8th you must upload and pay for distribution in TuneCore no later than Tuesday, December 15th.

In order to make sure that you don’t miss the release date for your song or album, plan ahead and distribute your new music as soon as you can to avoid getting caught in holiday closings/delays. The earlier you get your new music on iTunes and other stores, the more time your fans will have to buy it!

If you’re not ready to release that album just yet, we always recommend releasing a single early to garner some excitement!

If you are planning on submitting your new release via the TuneCore Feature Submissions Page:

  • For the week of November 27th, submit by 3PM ET November 3rd.
  • For the week of December 3rd, submit by 6PM ET Novermber 5th.

Regardless of how your fans celebrate the holidays, give them the chance to use your music as a soundtrack – distribute your holiday music today!