You’ve completed your album and you’re ready to unleash it to the world, but how? Tunecore may be the answer. Tunecore offers music distribution, publishing administration, artist services, and YouTube monetization.
According to Tunecore’s website they’ll distribute your album to 150+ digital store partners for a yearly fee. Prices depend on what you’re distributing for example to distribute an album is $29.99 for the first year and $49.99 for each of the following years. If you’re releasing a single it’s a set price of $9.99 per year. With Tunecore as your distributor you keep 100% of your profits, less the yearly album or single fee. Like many of the main distributors you have access to detailed sales reports to keep track of what music you’re selling and from which partners.
Tunecore also offers publishing administration services. So what are publishing administration services? According to the Tunecore website as an artist you may be missing out on being paid for when your songs are played. For a one time fee of $75 Tunecore will assist you by collecting royalties worldwide if your songs are played, look for film and tv placement opportunities, or assist if these opportunities arise.
Artist services include the ability to purchase a variety of mastering services, TuneCore Fan Reviews, Radio Airplay, and CD duplication. In addition TuneCore offers ways to engage your fans through Bandposters, TuneCore merchlink, Bandzoogle, and Twitmusic. Many of these artist services seem to be offered through other companies rather than through TuneCore directly.