YouTube and GEMA Reach Licensing Agreement

After years of legal disputes, German royalty collection society GEMA has finally reached a licensing agreement with YouTube. Through this agreement, songwriters and artists registered with GEMA are now able to get paid for the use of copyrighted works on the video platform. Back in 2009, a contract between the digital video giant and GEMA came to a […]

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How to Maximize Your Music Promotion on Social Media Using a Simple Formula

[Editors Note: This blog was written by Dave Kusek, founder of New Artist Model, and it originally appeared on the Sonicbids Blog. As we continue to celebrate the launch of TuneCore Social, here is some helpful content for independent artists who are always on the look-out for social media strategy tips!]     As a musician, the last thing […]

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TuneCore Presents: Austin, TX — Nov. 1, 2016

On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, you’re invited to join us for TuneCore Presents – a two-part event going down at Emo’s in Austin, TX. TuneCore is partnering with Austin Music Foundation to offer educational presentations and discussions, covering digital distribution, music publishing administration, and making money from your music on YouTube. Additionally, attendees will be treated to […]

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Why You Need To Make a YouTube Trailer for Your Channel

[Editor’s Note:This blog is written by Jesse Elmore, founder and editor of Hear The Music.] So you’ve created your YouTube channel and uploaded a great portfolio of music. You’re getting decent views and people seem to be really enjoying your music, but you’re just not getting as many subscribers as you want. There are a number […]

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July Songwriter News

By Stefanie Flamm The music industry may seem like it’s settling into its predictable lull, but songwriters and publishers worldwide are fighting harder than ever for a fair marketplace: The US Department of Justice rules in favor of licensing regulations that many songwriters and publishers see as “a clusterf—k of epic proportions.“ YouTube announces $2 […]

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10 Kinds of YouTube Singles to Reach Fans

[Editor’s Note: This blog is written by Jesse Elmore and was originally featured on Hear The Music.] A good number of successful musicians’ careers are built upon hitting it big with a great single song. In today’s world of Spotify, YouTube, and iTunes the single has never been more important. The technology available to musicians today is incredible. Recording […]

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Why Cover Songs Are Great for Indie Artists – When Done Right!

The term ‘cover song’ evokes various feelings from music fans and creators alike. Say you head out to a bar or restaurant with friends only to find the night’s entertainment is a cover band of some sort – while the snobbier music fans may roll their eyes, for a majority of patrons it means one thing: […]

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Interview: Jon Lajoie of Wolfie's Just Fine Gets Serious on Debut

These days most folks know Jon Lajoie as the guitar-toting stoner named Taco from the hit FX series The League, or from even a little further back when he became a YouTube sensation, performing comical songs and skits. While it’s been clear that Jon is a skilled artist, it can be difficult to break out from those […]

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March News From Our Store Partners

By Dwight Brown It’s spring. It’s a time for growth. Change is in the air at our digital stores. New Google Play Music app adds YouTube video search. CÜR streaming launches and targets the tech savvy crowd. Spotify finds a new way to highlight emerging artists. Rhapsody is growing faster than daisies on a spring […]

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January News From Our Store Partners

By Dwight Brown It’s a month into the New Year and a new day for our digital store partners and independent artists too.   More music fans are watching YouTube than ever before. Deezer has gotten funded and is looking to conquer North America. Amazon Music is trying to further differentiate itself from other music subscription services. Q.SIC, […]

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