iTunes Holiday 2017 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 17th and Friday, December 1st you must upload and pay for distribution in TuneCore no later than Tuesday, November 7th.
  • In order for content to become available in iTunes and other stores between Saturday, December 2nd and Friday, December 8th you must upload and pay for distribution in TuneCore no later than Tuesday, November 14th.
  • In order for content to become available in iTunes and other stores between Saturday, December 9th and Friday, December 22nd you must upload and pay for distribution in TuneCore no later than Tuesday, November 28th.
  • In order for content to become available in iTunes and other stores between Saturday, December 23rd and Sunday, January 7th you must upload and pay for distribution in TuneCore no later than Tuesday, December 12th.

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:

  • To be considered for a feature for Friday December 1st, you must fill out and send your Feature Submissions Form by Friday, November 3rd.
  • To be considered for a feature for Friday December 8th, you must fill out and send your Feature Submissions Form by no later than Friday, November 10th.

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

TuneCore Teams Up With HOT 97 For Who’s Next Showcase

If you’re a fan of hip hop, you have an understanding of the role New York City has played and continues to play in hip hop  culture. Between being the home of the genre and producing some of the finest artists to do it, everyone knows the Big Apple is a place to pay your dues and get heard. (Don’t worry – TuneCore knows that great hip hop can come from all corners of the world – that’s why we help you get it out there!)

Just as undeniable in terms of influence and importance are some of the institutions associated with hip hop in New York City, including the legendary HOT 97 radio station. That’s why we’re proud as ever to be partnering with HOT 97 in order to give TuneCore Artists a chance to perform at their “Who’s Next” monthly showcase concerts! Each month’s event will occur at the similarly legendary S.O.B.’s in lower Manhattan.

Known as an event that can break upcoming artists, talent like J Cole, Drake and Ty Dolla $ign have graced the Who’s Next stage. Music Director TT Torrez is leading the re-launched showcase and we’re super excited to be able to offer TuneCore Artists the chance to be included. With TuneCore being a leader in the digital distribution space for independent artists, it only makes sense that we’d support a platform encouraging up-and-comers to get heard and seen by fans and industry folks.

Want to be considered? Log into Facebook, head over to HOT 97’s Messenger, and click ‘Get Started’. From there, you’ll have the option to submit a track – just follow the instructions and you’ll be good to go.

HOT 97’s music department will carefully listen to the top tracks rated by fans on the ‘Song Leaderboard’ and will select the artist to perform on the Who’s Next stage at S.O.B.’s.

Read more about HOT 97’s Who’s Next showcase series here.

If you’re in New York this month, be sure to check out TuneCore Artist Devvon Terrell performing at HOT 97 Who’s Next on Tuesday, October 24th. Tickets here.

Join TuneCore at A3C Conference 2017!

TuneCore is excited once again be heading to Atlanta for one of the biggest and best festivals celebrating hip hop each year, A3C 2017! Taking place from Wednesday, October 4th through Friday, October 6th, A3C (All 3 Coasts) is part conference, part festival, and garners attendees from all corners of the world. From labels and other industry folks to artists, producers, and of course fans, A3C has become a staple in the world of independent hip hop, acting as a meetup for all those interested in networking, learning, and further pursuing a music career.

We’re thrilled to be holding down The TuneCore Suite at this year’s fest on the Main Floor of the Loudermilk Conference Center, where we’re inviting all TuneCore Artists attending to come by and meet TuneCore staff, participate in our panels (more on those below), and leave with a sweet TuneCore swag bag.

There’ll be DJs spinning and TuneCore staff hanging out, and whether you’re a TuneCore Artist or not, stop by The TuneCore Suite and check us out – we’ll even be offering some cool discounts on distribution services.

Perhaps the coolest opportunity artists can take advantage of when they swing through The TuneCore Suite is a series of “Music Made Me Industry Talks” that we’ll be hosting.

Each ‘talk’ will focus on different areas of strategy around building your career as an independent artist. They’ll be hosted by key players within the music industry – from Atlanta and beyond – and will be fully immersive, breaking down the various ways artists can be getting ahead and succeeding in 2017.

Take a look at the lineup of Music Made Me Industry talks happening each day of the event below. Be sure to stop by, shake some hands, and of course, take notes!

Wednesday, October 4

1:00PM – Meet TuneCore: How We Help Artists Make Money
Featuring Scott Ackerman, TuneCore CEO, and Michele Caplinger, Senior Executive Director at The Recording Academy (Atlanta Chapter)

2:30PM – Mapping Independence & Success: A TuneCore Artist’s Road
Featuring Sy Ari Da Kid and Jason Reddick, Associate Director of Rhythm & Soul, ASCAP

Thursday, October 5

12:00PM – Mind Your Brand Business: Translating Talent To Success

Featuring Saptosa Foster, Managing Partner at 135th Street Agency and Bria Janelle, Founder at LoudGenius.com

2:00PM – Adventures in Beatmaking: A Producer’s Tour With Henny

Featuring Henny (producer/songwriter) and Greggory Smith, Associate Director of Creative Services at SESAC

Friday, October 6

11:30AM – The Sound of Success: Why Mastering is Key For Artists

Featuring Bradley Davis, SVP of Business Development at AfterMaster and Royce Monroe, A&R Consultant / Studio Manager at Mean Street Studios

2:30PM – How To Succeed in the Radio Business
Featuring Hurricane Dave, VP of Programming and Operations at Radio One (Atlanta)

Pretty serious lineup, right? We know. Come on through and learn about career development and music promotion from some of the industry’s finest. Not to mention we’ll be joined by DJ Jay T from HOT 107.9FM, DJ Queen CoCo and Kiss Wani who will be holding down the beats all week.

On top of the incredible underground talent slated to perform, this year’s lineup also includes legends like Nas, Dead Prez, Masta Ace, Ghostface Killah and dozens more.

Tickets to A3C 2017 are still available – go get yours today!

Master Your Tracks Instantly With Promaster by Aftermaster

If you’ve been using TuneCore or reading our blog for the past few years, you know that we’ve tried to highlight the benefits of well-mastered releases. Mastering is an art that can vastly improve the sound of your recorded music – and it once took knowing an audio engineer who specializes in this process to make it a possibility. It could also be more costly for those releasing on an indie budget.

In an effort to solve this, a little while back TuneCore began offering Aftermaster in our suite of Artist Services – a brilliant program that connects independent artists in need of mastering with GRAMMY Award winning engineers at a reasonable cost. Artists without the local resources or connections to high quality mastering options could now use Aftermaster to easily coordinate this studio magic-making in advance of their release.

Now, we’re psyched to announce a new and even more cost-friendly solution for instant mastering: Promaster by Aftermaster. TuneCore has expanded its partnership with Aftermaster in order to offer our artists the finest instant mastering tool on the market right now to polish their recently recorded tracks.

Promaster by Aftermaster is unlike any other instant mastering product in that it was wholly developed by artists, producers and audio engineers to streamline the mastering and storage process without compromising quality or creative intent. It uses cutting edge audio processing systems developed internally to instantly master audio to the highest standards.

Since we’re in the business of hooking artists up, Promaster by Aftermaster is ready to offer special rates exclusively for TuneCore Artists. For $9.95 per single and $24.95 per album, TuneCore Artists can also enjoy the following features:

  • Receive four versions of each track: ‘Powerful’, ‘Radio Ready’,’Bass Enhanced’ and ‘Vocal Enhanced
  • Free preview of your masters before you purchase
  • Master an entire album at once, ensuring consistency
  • Monthly and annual subscriptions available

Whether you just wrapped up in the studio, recorded a new single in your bedroom, or feel like revisiting some never-released tracks – polish ‘em up fast at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

Learn more about TuneCore’s partnership with Promaster by Aftermaster here, or if you’re ready to start instantly mastering your tracks, get after it!

Celebrate TuneCore’s $1 Billion Milestone on Social Media!

Back in June, we announced that within the coming months, TuneCore Artists will be hitting a MAJOR benchmark in its efforts to support the independent artist community: receiving over $1 BILLION collectively in streaming and download revenue!

In an ever-changing industry, artists have had to ensure that their desire to create music can be sustained financially. As more and more platforms for music consumption and discovery have emerged, TuneCore has helped play a role in countless careers by delivering 100% of our artists’ sales revenue month after month. That money may have gone towards rent, instruments/gear, touring, recording or simply eating. Regardless, this figure sends a message that independent music is stronger than ever.

Now, as we count down to the big day (and you can follow along on our website, where a live ‘ticker’ lives), you’re invited to get in on the fun and show your TuneCore Billion Dollar Pride.

If you head over to our Billion Dollar Club page, you can start the celebration by getting your very own Facebook badge and flash your membership credentials. See some examples below:

Once you click “Get The Badge”, a preview will be generated from whatever Facebook account you’re logged in from, and voila – you’ve got a new profile photo!

Want more? We here at TuneCore know that being featured on Spotify playlists is in high-demand these days. Over the next couple of months as we rally to the big financial figure, we’re giving you the chance to be featured on our TuneCore Billion Dollar Club playlist – and we’ve made it pretty easy:

  1. Find your release on Spotify, choose the song you’d like to be featured, and hit play on your mobile device (make sure your cover artwork is visible);
  2. Grab a screenshot of your music playing and upload it/share it via your Instagram account;
  3. Tag your Instagram post with the hashtag #TCBillion.

That’s it! We’ll be updating the Spotify playlist regularly, so keep your eyes peeled for your track in coming weeks. And while you’re at it, be sure to support your fellow indie artists by following the Billion Dollar Club playlist.

As thrilled as we are to hit this major milestone, we know that it couldn’t have been done without YOU, the TuneCore Artists of the world. Let’s continue to show the world that independent music is here to stay. Happy celebrating!

TuneCore Artists Close In On Earning One Billion Dollars In Revenue

When TuneCore launched in 2006, our mission was simple and clear: to help independent artists sell their music online, without sacrificing sales revenue or giving up their rights. At that time, there was only a fraction of the digital platforms by which artists can have their music streamed, downloaded and discovered in 2017. iTunes ruled, Amazon was cracking into the market, and artists that created music outside of the label system needed a way to get it distributed.

Since then, TuneCore has gone on to grow as a company exponentially in terms of what we offer artists in the way of features and services – and independent artists have acquired more and more power when it comes to controlling and advancing their careers. Services like Music Publishing Administration, Fan Reviews, Professional Mastering, YouTube Sound Recording revenue collection and others have made TuneCore a staple in the indie community across all genres.

All the while, whether they continued grinding it out DIY-style, got signed to a label, or achieved mainstream success, TuneCore Artists carried on receiving 100% of their sales revenue using our platform.

Today, we’re excited to announce that TuneCore is approaching the $1 BILLION mark of revenue earned by artists from their download sales and streams!

That’s one billion as in the number one, and NINE zeros after it. These are McDonald’s-esque numbers, people. Dr. Evil-from-Austin-Powers-ransom-request numbers, even. No matter the non-music-related monetary figure reference: we think it’s a pretty big deal.

Collectively, that money helped artists do things like:

  • Eat
  • Pay rent
  • Record more projects
  • Create and sell merch
  • Sign up for Publishing Administration
  • Build PR and radio campaign plans
  • Afford new equipment and gear
  • Go on tour

Maybe you’re reading this as a TuneCore Artist who just joined or hasn’t seen tons of money from their release since distributing and you’re thinking, “Wait, what? Me?” Yes, you. As you hustle and write and record and tour to build a fanbase, and focus on earning more revenue from your music, the money you’ve earned so far – whether you’re still working on that first dollar, or you’ve out the other side as a superstar – contributes to a major figure that would have baffled music industry pundits over ten years ago.

Your contribution to this major milestone, no matter what the size, plays an undeniable role in the further expansion of independent music and supports the idea that artists can do it their way and still get paid.

To celebrate, for a limited time you can join the Tunecore Artists already in the ‘Billion Dollar Club’ by distributing a FREE SINGLE using the promo code BILLION at check out (offer expires 7/2/17).

Distribute your free single today!

As we count down to the big earning moment, join us for the journey by following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram where you can get in on the fun. And be sure to follow our official TuneCore Spotify playlist!