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TuneCore Offers Virtual Mentor Sessions Available in Lieu of SXSW Cancellation

As you likely know, due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), SXSW, the legendary Austin-based music conference, has been cancelled. TuneCore had scheduled both a Music Made Me Mixer and artist consultation chats scheduled for the week, and we’re disappointed not to be venturing down to the Lone Star State to hang out with everyone as planned.

TuneCore still wants to provide guidance and insight to the artists who had scheduled a one-on-one session with members of our Entertainment Relations team, which is why we’re offering Virtual Mentor Sessions on March 19th and 20th.

Artists who had planned on attending and taking advantage of TuneCore’s previously-scheduled activities this week can sign up for Virtual Mentor Sessions Slots are based on availability with our US and international Entertainment Relations team members, so be sure to schedule according to your respective timezone.

Below, you can find our available Entertainment Relations team members, their backgrounds, markets and languages:

Shelby Kennedy - VP, Entertainment Relations
As a music industry veteran, Shelby Kennedy continues to utilize his passion for developing music creators. Prior to joining TuneCore, Shelby served as Director of A&R at Lyric Street Records and Director of Membership at ASCAP. Before that he worked in Writer/Publishing Relations at both ASCAP and BMI. 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.

Kennedy currently serves as Vice President, Entertainment Relations overseeing the global Entertainment Relations team that cultivates relationships to serve today’s music creators in areas of digital distribution, publishing administration, and other career-building services.


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Amy Lombardi - Director, Entertainment Relations
Amy began her music industry career in NYC at A&M Records. She joined the Artist Relations department at Warner Bros. Records before settling into a publicist role for the label, working with R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Van Halen and Seal. At Nasty Little Man PR, Amy was a publicist for Foo Fighters, Radiohead, and Beastie Boys, among others. She also managed the careers of Neko Case, Cass McCombs, and Kelly Hogan.

Amy Lombardi leads TuneCore’s office in Austin, TX working closely with artists and music industry professionals while increasing the brand's presence throughout Texas.


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Erin Frankenheimer - Manager, 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.


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Joncier Rienecker - Manager, 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.


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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.


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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).


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Basile Beaugendre - Country 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.


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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.


Click here to schedule with Fabrizio

Colin Schrinner - Country 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.


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Heena Kriplani - Country 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.


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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.


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