Joe Cuello Joins TuneCore as Chief Creative Officer

NEW YORKOct. 16, 2014 — Leading digital music distribution and music publishing administration company TuneCore announced today that music-industry veteran Joe Cuello has joined the company as Chief Creative Officer.  In this newly-created role, Cuello will oversee the TuneCore brand and spearhead initiatives such as new partnerships and special events that will provide additional growth opportunities for musicians and songwriters who entrust the platform for their distribution and music publishing administration needs, while further elevating the company’s position within the music industry.

Cuello has over 20 years of experience driving opportunities for independent musicians. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President Music Services at MTV, where he oversaw the incorporation of music within MTV’s long-form programming. A long-time proponent of emerging and independent artists, he developed initiatives increasing their exposure to the network’s audience. In the latter part of his 10-year tenure, he helped to launch Hype Music, a talent-incubator, hybrid music platform developed in partnership with Sony ATV that enabled MTV to serve as a promotional partner, advocate and distributor of albums and EPs for promising acts.

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Previously, Cuello served as music supervisor on numerous projects across MTV and VH1, including PIMP MY RIDE, MAKING THE BAND, NEWLYWEDS and BANDS REUNITED.  He currently teaches courses on music supervision at Carnegie Mellon University as an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM) program.

“With Joe’s incredible history of nurturing independent artists’ careers as well as his deep relationships and wide-ranging expertise across the music industry, he is an ideal choice to join our executive team as head of TuneCore’s brand- and partnership-development initiatives,” stated Scott Ackerman, CEO of TuneCore. “Joe’s leadership will enable us to implement new strategies that will increase opportunities for the growing number of musicians, songwriters, managers and labels who partner with us.”

“I am excited to join one of the foremost pioneers in the new model of the music business and look forward to accelerating growth for the TuneCore community as well as the TuneCore brand,” commented Cuello. “Working as an advocate for artists, songwriters and key partners, I am confident that we can build more opportunities within the new music industry paradigm.”

Cuello will be based in TuneCore’s Burbank, CA office, which also houses the company’s Publishing Administration division.


TuneCore Pays Artists $32.7 Million for Music Distribution

Music Publishing Catalog Expands in Q3 of 2014

Company’s high-profile sync placements, launch of Artist Services portal demonstrate continued focus on creating opportunity and driving revenue for musicians, songwriters, managers and labels.

New York, NY – October 15, 2014 – TuneCore continues to grow opportunities and revenues for artists and songwriters. Today, the company announced strong Q3 2014 artist earnings results. Additionally, TuneCore highlighted several new, key initiatives launched to further support the growing generation of musician-entrepreneurs who choose to remain independent and take charge of their own careers.

In Q3 2014, TuneCore artists’ earnings exceeded $32 million, a 13.2 percent increase over Q3 2013. This brings the total amount paid to distribution clients since the company’s inception in 2006 to $471.5 million based on 10.6 billion combined streams and downloads. The number of streams continued to increase at a steady pace during Q3, growing 154 percent vs. Q3 2013.

The company also disclosed that hip-hop is TuneCore distribution’s top genre by both quantity of releases distributed and revenue paid, with 1.6 billion downloads and streams and $59 million in artist earnings since 2006.

An infographic with year-to-date milestones can be found at

Growing Revenue through Royalty Collection and Sync Licensing Opportunities in TV, Film
TuneCore Music Publishing Administration, which assists songwriters by administering their compositions through licensing, registration and worldwide royalty collection, sustained its growth momentum in Q3. With a catalog that has rapidly grown to include over 260,000 compositions in just three years, TuneCore is delivering millions of dollars in royalties from sources worldwide to songwriters who would otherwise be unable to collect this revenue.

During Q3 2014, TuneCore Publishing Administration’s creative team secured and negotiated several high-profile sync deals for songwriters, enabling them to maximize the growing revenue opportunities found in licensing to TV shows, films, commercials and more. These placements included:

The Overnighters: Critically-acclaimed, Sundance award-winning documentary feature film to be released October 24, 2014
UNICEF: Public service announcement supporting the organization’s life-saving relief work
Budweiser: Made in America content series
Awkward: MTV’s irreverent, original teen comedy series
Asphalt Overdrive: The newest version of Gameloft’s popular mobile racing game

Launching Artist Services Portal with Tools to Research, Promote, Connect and Engage
Complementing TuneCore’s digital music distribution and music publishing administration offerings, TuneCore debuted its Artist Services portal. This carefully-selected portfolio of music-related resources supports today’s population of independent musician-entrepreneurs, enabling the artists to promote their craft, connect with fans and get their music heard around the world. Included among the many invaluable tools are:

Track Smarts: Giving artists access to consumer-driven, actionable intelligence including comments from music fans, ratings of individual song elements and assessment of the relative strength of songs.
TwitMusic: Helping artists easily launch engaging promotional campaigns across Twitter and Instagram to get fans excited, increase engagement, leverage viral spread and collect information to assist in decision-making.
MerchLink: Offering a one-stop, online resource for top-quality promotional items such as t-shirts, hats, drinkware and more.
Bandzoogle: Making it simple to build professional-quality websites and promote music directly to fans.

Maximizing the International Opportunity
As digital music consumption increases in markets around the world, TuneCore continues to build its global network to ensure artists can get their music heard in high-growth areas. During Q3, TuneCore added three new store partners, including Yandex Music, a service powered by Russia’s largest search engine. TuneCore Artists now have the ability to get their music out through more than 80 digital distribution partners operating in over 200 countries and territories around the world.

“As a pioneer in the evolving music business, we at TuneCore view the positive growth our artists and songwriters are experiencing as validation of our vision of artists as entrepreneurs who can take charge of their own careers,” stated Scott Ackerman, CEO of TuneCore. “We also embrace this growth as a challenge to continue to disrupt the old model of the music business and build on these successes to ensure artists and songwriters have the fullest set of tools and greatest number of opportunities to get their music out to the world and generate revenue from their craft.”


New Music Tuesday: Aug. 13, 2013

TuneCore Artists are releasing tons of new music every day. Each week we check out the new TuneCore releases and choose a few at random to feature on the blog.

Is your hit next?

YingYangMiley Cyrus (feat. Rhythm)
Ying Yang Twins
Hip Hop/Rap

Hoodie Allen
Hip Hop/Rap

DirtySouthUntil the End
Dirty South


Stirred, Not Shaken
Lauren Ashley


Day at the Beach
Atlantic Thrills


Sunday Girl


Call Your Friends


Girl Next Door

TuneCore's '25 Songs of Summer 2013' Compilations Now on Amazon

Last month, TuneCore Artists of all genres submitted their new music for our 25 Songs of Summer 2013 compilation album.  After an incredible response from our artists, we created two volumes of the compilation to showcase more new music.

Both volumes are now live on Amazon MP3 U.S. for free download, so take a listen and discover some new independent artists:


25 Songs of Summer 2013: A TuneCore Artist Compilation Vol. 1

Colors of Summer Rookie of the Year
Sunset Blvd Lancifer 
Guy I Don’t Know Caylin Walsingham 
Uptown Boys Netherfriends 
Show Me Something Audrey Rose 
Searchin’ Solar Heist 
Tout Tourne Intended Immigration 
Sundress Landon Austin
Sunday Girl Aprilemade 
Little Green Honda Tyson Leslie 
Wait for the Summer Shake Some Action! 
Ufos She’s Alive 
Last Night Almost Sunday 
Don’t Leave Me Burning Tyler Barham
Tastes Like Summer Dylan Jakobsen 
Muscle Shoals Music Man Tremayne 
Blues Del Camino Brok 
Ella Luis Terreros 
One More Try Lauren Mayhew
Just Can’t Get Enough Gedina 
Love Fever  Elyse and the Aftermath 
You’re All There We Were Indians 
Northern Rigoletto 
Manchester Prospect Hill
The Rising Sun ÆTHR 

 25 Songs of Summer 2013: A TuneCore Artist Compilation Vol. 2

I Be Gunnin (Yoon Yoon) Foolish 
Los Angeles Memoir 
Friendzone JoJo 
Summertime Isaac Lewis
Light up the Sky Tha Bizniz 
Marvelous kevlar
Remember Od 
Return of Rap (feat. KingPen the DonDada) G.a.B 
Erryday Millionaireswag 
Summer Rain Mello Deas 
Praise Break Sheldon Brown & Fresh Wind 
You Can’t Run from the Sun TheSoulofDaniel 
I Love the Summer The Ill 
Relaxing Lounge Unionsteve
Unstoppable Superhuman 
Issues (feat. Kim Olsen & Zahidah) Mark Bonafide 
Candles in the Rain Cash Campain 
Ooo La La Ajia Clark 
Good 4 Ya (feat. Deja Bryson & Dahliam) Six Fif
Meet & Greet Party (feat. Rock) Playa Keezy
Photo Shoot – 2:15 Sudan 
100 100’s Arcy Babypar 
For the Summer Jacey Jasnoch 
Ready to Ride (feat. Lance Wilson) Alex Sheridan
Rescue Me (feat. Occupation Unknown) Beatfiendz

#TCVideoFridays – August 9th 2013

Feel like watching some music videos from indie artists?  Great! Here are 10 TuneCore Artist videos to kick off your weekend…

Attic Wolves, “The Balladeer”

Ruby Jane, “Wake Up”

Ryan Darton, “Sing to Me Baby”

EverSay, “This Time”

Annie Becker, “Beez Neez”

Phebe Starr, “Jurassica”

Dexter’s Kin, “Spill Out the Lies”

Jeff LeBlanc, “What Do You Got to Lose”

Prospect Hill, “Come Alive”

TwentyForSeven, “All I Ever Wanted”

Do you have a video of a song you distributed through TuneCore? Tag us on Twitter (@TuneCore) and use the hashtag #TCVideoFridays with a link to your video.

New Music Tuesday: August 6, 2013

TuneCore Artists are releasing tons of new music every day. Each week we check out the new TuneCore releases and choose a few at random to feature on the blog.

Is your hit next?


Raise It Up
Distant Cousins


Lick My Wounds
Ron Pope


Pretty Fine Dream
Jake Coco

Cryptic Wisdom
Hip Hop/Rap


Time of Our Lives
What About Tonight

Hidden Gems
Various Artists


Alexandra Lee
Alexandra Lee

Native Air (Deluxe Edition)
Lowland Hum


Stay With Me
Skyhawk Drive