TuneCore Shifts Gears Now Offering DistroKid-Like Flat-Fee Unlimited Release Pricing
TuneCore has made what it calls the “biggest change since opening for business 16 years ago” and it’s goal is at taking back market share from DistroKid plus other d.i.y. and indie digital music distributors.
The New Artist Plan – FREE is a unique one-stop solution on the market that empowers free unlimited release of songs to the music libraries of Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube (including Shorts, Content ID and access to YouTube’s Official Artist Channel) to facilitate discovery and virality on key social media platforms with no-upfront fee and paying out 80% of what is collected to the artist. The Rising Artist Plan – $14.99 per year is among the most affordable unlimited distribution plans on the market. It includes everything from the New Artist plan plus Unlimited release distribution to 150+ streaming and store partners like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer and Tidal all while continuing to pay artists 100% of revenue. This plan also includes access to pre-schedule all release dates, official verification on Spotify and Apple Music, as well as artist support response time within 72 hours. The Breakout Artist Plan – $29.99 per year includes everything from the “New Artist” and “Rising Artist” plans plus free access to Automator (automatically including your release in all streaming and digital stores that will be available in the future), downloadable reporting and artist support response time within 48 hours. The Professional Plan – $49.99 per year is designed for labels, managers and artists who are more advanced in their careers and would benefit from more sophisticated release features. It includes everything from the other three plans plus premium sales reporting, use of your own UPC and a custom label name, access to select country restrictions, exclusive partnerships, and promotional opportunities. This plan also gives the ability to add additional artist profiles (for $14.99/artist per year) and the fastest artist support response time, within 24 hours.
We’ve spent a year speaking directly to artists and labels about how we can make our service better for them. What emerged is: artists want to be able to test their new music for free before distributing to all services, and they want to release the music they are creating instantly, regularly, and seamlessly with one annual subscription enabling unlimited music distribution,” “TuneCore’s new program gives self-releasing artists at any stage of their careers the freedom to choose the plan that works best for them while maintaining the high quality of service TuneCore is known for. With TuneCore Unlimited, artists pay less and earn more.”
TuneCore CEO Andreea Gleeson.
TuneCore vs. DistroKid vs. CD Baby
TuneCore had their previous pricing set at $9.99 per single and $29.99 per album for the first year and $49.99 to renew albums after that.
In contrast to TuneCore’s new pricing, DistroKid charges a single artist $19,99 per year for unlimited release along with both free and paid add-on services. Per artist pricing decreases as the number of artists increases.
CD Baby charges a one-time $9,95 single release and $29 album release fee, There are no annual renewal fees with CD Baby, but they do take a 9% cut of all collections. A $29.95 per single and $69 per album fee plus 9% adds music publishing-like services.
The new Unlimited program gives artists the freedom to create more music and experiment with different release strategies to advance their careers and feed their growing fanbases. Even those sensitive to pricing can experience TuneCore’s expertise in independent distribution and become eligible for upstream into Believe’s Label & Artist Solutions or Believe Artist Services divisions’ “Signed By” program which has benefited over 400 TuneCore artists globally.
“With all of these changes, one thing stays the same – TuneCore will never waiver from putting artists first and with each update to our service, we will keep our artists’ needs front of mind. Ultimately, we’re here to help them make their music better, and help them become better known.”
About TuneCore: TuneCore is the global platform for independent musicians to build audiences and careers – with technology and services across distribution, publishing administration and a range of promotional services. TuneCore Music Distribution services help artists, labels and managers sell their music through Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, TikTok, Tencent and more than 150 download and streaming stores worldwide, while retaining 100 percent of their sales revenue and rights for a low annual flat fee. TuneCore Music Publishing Administration assists songwriters by administering their compositions through licensing, registration, worldwide royalty collections, and placement opportunities in film, TV, commercials, video games and more. The TuneCore Artist Services portal offers a suite of tools and services that enable artists to promote their craft, connect with fans, and get their music heard. TuneCore, part of Believe, is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, and Austin, and operates globally through local teams based in the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, India, Japan and Singapore across 5 continents. https://www.tunecore.com
Believe is one of the world’s leading digital music companies. Believe’s mission is to develop independent artists and labels in the digital world by providing them the solutions they need to grow their audience at each stage of their career and development. Believe’s passionate team of digital music experts around the world leverages the Group’s global technology platform to advise artists and labels, distribute and promote their music. Its 1,430 employees in more than 50 countries aim to support independent artists and labels with a unique digital expertise, respect, fairness and transparency. Believe offers its various solutions through a portfolio of brands including TuneCore, Nuclear Blast, Naïve. Groove Attack and AllPoints. Believe is listed on compartment A of the regulated market of Euronext Paris (Ticker: BLV. ISIN: FR0014003FE9). https://www.believe.com