Jeff Price, CEO, Founder and President of TuneCore launched the digital music distribution company in 2005 with the goal of serving artists. Four and a half years later, TuneCore is the world’s largest distributor of music. American Songwriter interviewed Price to find out exactly what TuneCore does and why. (Be sure to check out TuneCore's profile on American Songspace.) What is TuneCore. TuneCore enables anybody on the planet that creates music or sound to have access to worldwide distribution into iTunes, Amazon, Napster, Rhapsody and more for a simple upfront flat fee. That’s it. You just simply hit a website tunecore.com, you upload your music, you upload your art, you say put into iTunes and within three or four hours it has been delivered. Then, iTunes makes it live on their shelf and the artist receives one hundred percent of the revenue from the sale of their music via a nonexclusive agreement that they can cancel at anytime. It is our job to serve the musician, help them succeed, but never make money off their success. In 2009, the TuneCore artists generated over 30 million dollars in revenue from the sale of their music, all of which goes back directly to the artists. What is the idea behind TuneCore. The TuneCore model is about allowing the musician to succeed under their own terms. We want to be there to serve. We don’t make money when the music sells and that is the most important thing to me. I just thought it was wrong. When you go back five years ago before we launched, you had digital stores with unlimited shelf space and you had unlimited inventory that would replicate on demand.... Sign In to Keep Reading
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