TuneCore Extends Virtual Mentor Sessions

March 16, 2020

Time slots for Virtual Mentor Sessions have filled up. Please fill out this form to let us know you’re interested once more appointments become available.

Last week, in light of SXSW’s cancellation, we opened up Virtual Mentor Sessions with members of our Entertainment Relations team for artists that RSVP’d to our scheduled events in Austin. These sessions were held over video conference and gave artists the opportunity to connect one-on-one with members of TuneCore’s diverse Entertainment Relations team who have a wide range of music industry experience across genres, territories and stages of artist development.

As COVID19 continues to be a concern and people are encouraged to remain at home, we’re excited to open these Virtual Mentor Sessions back up with additional dates and times over the next two weeks.

Below, you’ll find information to help you select which mentor could be right for you including each mentor’s background, availability, languages, and a link to schedule your time slot.

Please keep in mind: sessions are limited one per artist, and they will be available until calendars fill up. We ask that if you have to cancel your session, please let us know so another artist can take advantage of the time slot. We’ll update this article to let everyone know if the sessions fill up.

Shelby KennedyVP, Entertainment Relations
As a music industry veteran, Shelby Kennedy continues to utilize his passion for developing music creators. During his tenure at Lyric Street Records, Kennedy’s involvement with SheDaisy and Rascal Flatts firmly established the label.

In the recording studio, he works from both sides of the glass as a producer and a background vocalist. As a writer, Kennedy’s first cut was recorded by Ray Charles, and he counts Reba McEntire’s “I’m A Survivor” among his favorite triumphs. Graduating from Belmont University in 1985, he received the inaugural Mike Curb School of Music Business Award of Excellence in 1996. He is a rare executive to have served writer and publisher relations for both ASCAP and BMI. He has been an adjunct professor for the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont University and has served on Nashville’s Board of Governors for the Recording Academy as well as the Board of Directors for NSAI.

Kennedy currently serves as Vice President, Entertainment Relations for TuneCore in Nashville, TN where he cultivates relationships to serve today’s music creators in areas of digital distribution, publishing administration, and other career-building services.

Amy Lombardi Director, Entertainment Relations
Amy Lombardi leads TuneCore’s office in Austin working with artists and industry professionals on distribution strategies while increasing the brand’s presence throughout Texas. Amy began her career in NYC at A&M Records, before settling into publicist roles at Warner Bros. Records and Nasty Little Man PR working with R.E.M., Van Halen, RHCP, Foo Fighters, Radiohead, At the Drive-In and more. She founded Call Girl PR, creating publicity campaigns for the New Pornographers’ debut and Alejandro Escovedo’s resurgence, and for seminal acts like Wire.

She also founded talent management firm Beekeeper Corp., where she guided the careers of 3-time Grammy-nominee Neko Case, Cass McCombs, Kelly Hogan, My Gold Mask and Escondido.

Erin FrankenheimerManager, Entertainment Relations
Erin Frankenheimer is a graduate of Tulane University with dual degrees in English and Communications. IIn addition to hosting/producing a radio show, and managing musicians, Erin also worked as the Director of Youth Programs for The Tipitina’s Foundation before returning to Los Angeles in 2010. There she assumed the role of VP of A&R at Amazing Radio, A UK based radio station that features new and emerging artists, until 2014 when she took a job with Live Nation in New Orleans as the Marketing Manager for Louisiana & Mississippi. Erin is now the Entertainment Relations Manager for Tunecore’s New Orleans office.

Joncier RieneckerManager, Entertainment Relations
As Manager, Entertainment Relations at TuneCore, Joncier is responsible for establishing and nurturing client relations throughout the Atlanta region, an obligation befitting of her down-to-earth and funny personality.

While earning her Bachelor of Arts, her taste grew for pursuing a career in the music business. Following a successful 9-year tenure at ASCAP, in 2016, Joncier transitioned to TuneCore.

Mike Savage Manager, Entertainment Relations
For 13 years, Mike ran his own artist management company, Mike Savage Artist Management. During this period, he secured recording contracts, booked world tours, negotiated licensing deals, and led the development of creative marketing strategies that garnered over 200 million song streams and 100K album sales.

He started his career as a music programmer and on-air talent at radio stations in major markets including New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

Nathan Barley Phillips – Country Manager UK, Entertainment Relations
Nathan Barley Phillips formed Basick Records in 2005 and set about the task of developing a forward thinking record label for heavy music. Releasing early material from emerging UK bands such as Enter Shikari and Fellsilent, the BASICK label soon became synonymous with the cutting edge of heavy genres, going on to release music from Misery Signals, Bury Tomorrow, SikTh, Skyharbor, Devil Sold His Soul and Napoleon among many others.

On top of his day to day duties with TuneCore, Barley also holds a seat on the board at the Association Of Independent Music (AIM).

Basile BeaugendreCountry Manager France, Entertainment Relations
As the Country Manager for France, Basile Beaugendre works closely with local artists and the independent music community to support and grow TuneCore’s brand awareness throughout the country.

Basile possesses a deep understanding of artists’ needs, and has extensive 360-degree experience collaborating with international DJs, producers and live acts at every step of an artist’s career. In this capacity he’s been involved with everything from worldwide touring, management, distribution, publishing, social media, and branding.

Fabrizio Tudisco – Country Manager Italy, Entertainment Relations 
As Country Manager for TuneCore’s Entertainment Relations team based in Milan, Italy, Fabrizio brings a breadth of music industry experience and local knowledge. As a booking agent at VIRGO MUSIC MGMT for over five years, he’s worked to help support the careers of some Italy’s largest hip hop and EDM artists.

Fabrizio was also able to tour as a road manager with artists from his roster during European stretches, getting first-hand experience in the technical and logistical sides of touring.

Colin SchrinnerCountry Manager Germany, Entertainment Relations
As Country Manager for TuneCore’s Entertainment Relations team based in Hamburg, Colin comes with previous experience as the Manager of Streaming at Warner Music Group Germany.

Dedicated to reaching and connecting with Germany’s independent music community, Colin is establishing events and networking sessions throughout the country to ensure that artists can earn a living from their music. Colin is an avid piano player and even dabbles in hip hop.

Heena KriplaniCountry Manager India, Entertainment Relations
As the Country Manager for India, Heena joins TuneCore from Gibson Brands, Inc. where she last served as Director of Entertainment Relations for the region.

Heena brings 18 years of music industry experience to her role at TuneCore. Before her time at Gibson she was Label Manager at EMI Virgin Music and co-founded Cinnamon, a firm dedicated to sourcing in-film opportunities in Bollywood movies for local and international artists. She was instrumental in establishing the  process of sync licensing in the region. Heena is also part of the core committee that launched Women In Music’s India Chapter.

Bruno Duque – Country Manager Brazil, Entertainment Relations 
As country manager for the Entertainment Relations team, Bruno leads our on-the-ground efforts in the rapidly growing music market of Brazil. He joins TuneCore with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Production and previous industry experience as both a licensing coordinator and marketing manager.

Bruno is committed to contributing to our Entertainment Relations team’s goals of identifying and assisting artists, independent labels and other content creators and providing them with education and guidance of TuneCore’s services. He’s instrumental in helping TuneCore artists develop and navigate their musical journeys.

We encourage artists from our TuneCore community who are looking for personalized advice to further build their careers to sign up for a session!