Tunecore launches in the UK, charging £19.99 per album upload

TuneCore, the digital distribution company acquired by Believe Digital in April, has official expanded into the UK.

The US-born firm has launched TuneCore.co.uk, which will allow UK-based artists to collect revenue from streams, downloads, royalties and sync licensing in their local currency.

Interestingly, Believe already runs a similar service in the territory, Zimbalam. It is unclear how TuneCore’s arrival in the UK will affect the platform.

New TuneCore UK members signing up for an account will pay £5.99 to upload a single for distribution.

Artists distributing an album will pay £19.99 in the first year and £33.99 each year thereafter.

Artists may also pay a one-off fee of £49.99 for access to TuneCore Publishing Administration, which provides worldwide registration and royalty collection. It also promises ‘placement opportunities in film, TV commercials, video games, and more’.

TuneCore artists keep 100% of subsequent revenues and retain ownership of their copyrights.

“We’re confident that this expansion will further solidify tunecore’s position as a leader in international digital music distribution.”

Scott Ackerman, Tunecore

UK members will have access to TuneCore’s artist support services, including YouTube Sound Recording Revenues, LANDR, and TrackSmarts, as well as TuneCore customer support.

“Expanding into the UK is a natural fit for TuneCore and part of our ongoing expansion plan to make it easier than ever for artists to get music out on the market and in fans’ hands, while also making money through a variety of digital distribution and music publishing services,” said Scott Ackerman, CEO of TuneCore.

“With so many customers around the world using our service, our goal is to support them at the local level, in the best way possible.

“We’re confident that this expansion will further solidify TuneCore’s position as a leader in international digital music distribution.”

TuneCore’s digital partners include iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon Music, Deezer, 8tracks and KKBOX.

Since the company’s inception in 2006, US-born TuneCore says its artists have earned more than $576 million from over 18.7 billion downloads and streams.

TuneCore UK is the third international expansion for TuneCore, after the launches of TuneCore Japan (2012) and TuneCore Canada (2011).

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