Shelby Kennedy, ASCAP/BMI veteran and music publishing entrepreneur to helm new office as
VP, Entertainment Relations
NEW YORK, September 10,2014
Leading digital music distribution and music publishing administration company TuneCore announced today the launch of a Nashville office to be led by music industry veteran Shelby Kennedy. Kennedy joins TuneCore as Vice President, Entertainment Relations. In this role, he will work closely with musicians, songwriters and strategic partners with the goal of driving greater opportunities throughout the evolving business of music.
The addition of a Nashville office is the latest development in TuneCore’s rapid growth. The city was selected for its history of music innovation, vibrant community of artists and network of industry stakeholders.
The son of legendary guitarist Jerry Kennedy, Shelby Kennedy was born into the Nashville music scene and has become a well-known and respected expert in the city and beyond. He brings to TuneCore a rich, 25-year history of industry experience across wide-ranging functions including management, publishing, production, songwriting and performance. Prior to joining TuneCore, Kennedy has held diverse roles with companies including ASCAP, BMI, Lyric Street Records, Wide Open Music Group and Cherry Heart Music and Entertainment and ran his own company, Porch-Pickin’ Publishing, for the past 18 years.
“Nashville is one of the most creative cities in the world, and Shelby Kennedy has deep relationships and broad expertise in the music industry. As TuneCore expands our support for the increasing number of musicians and songwriters who choose independence to take control of their careers, both are a natural fit,” stated Scott Ackerman, CEO of TuneCore. “We’re confident that this expansion positions TuneCore to stay at the forefront of the evolving music industry.”
“I am tremendously excited to join TuneCore and take a leadership role in building the new model of the music industry,” commented Kennedy. “I hope to tap my experience spanning the spectrum of roles across the business – from songwriter to performer to business executive – to act as a catalyst in driving opportunities for artists, songwriters and other key partners.”
TuneCore’s Entertainment Relations office is located at:
1227 17th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
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 worldwide through iTunes, Amazon Music, 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 assists songwriters by administering their compositions through licensing, registration and worldwide royalty collection, including collection of YouTube revenue. TuneCore is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY with offices in Burbank, CA and Nashville, TN, and is backed by Opus Capital and Guitar Center. For more information, visit www.tunecore.com.