TuneCore Expands Live Presence in Britain With Trio of Partnerships

The British arm of digital distributor TuneCore is growing its presence in the live sector by partnering with U.K. listings and ticket aggregator Ents24 and gig booking online marketplace Band Wagon.

The distribution company, which offers a range of support services to independent artists and has over 150 digital partners worldwide, including iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify, also announced a deal with London-based promoters HotVox that it says will help artists "grow their fan base and increase revenue opportunities."

"While distribution and digital artist services remain the core focus of TuneCore, we recognize that for many musicians playing live is an integral part of their careers," said Sam Taylor, TuneCore's U.K. brand manager announcing the partnerships.

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Founded in 1999, Bristol-based Ents24 claims to be the U.K.'s biggest live entertainment guide, attracting 2 million users per month. In addition to gig listings, it provides artists and organizers with the ability to promote shows and lists tickets via its Backstage platform.

Of the two other companies that TuneCore has partnered with, HotVox promoted more than 600 shows in the past 12 months, mostly in London. Band Wagon was set up by two former promoters and managers five years ago and enables unsigned acts to book gigs and interact with venues and promoters.

"We know that navigating the music industry can be a steep learning curve and knowing which companies can really benefit you is important," said Band Wagon CEO Stan McLeod. "We have partnered with TuneCore because their straightforward and transparent approach to distributing music is perfectly in tune with what we believe -- that musicians should have equal access to the opportunities they need to grow their careers."

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The U.K. arm of TuneCore was launched in 2015 with its members paying between £5.99 ($8.00 USD) and £49.99 ($65.00 USD) to access its portfolio of services, including YouTube Sound Recording Revenues collection service, publishing administration, royalty collection and sync placement opportunities. 

The service, which is headquartered in Brooklyn and also operates in Germany, Australia, Japan and Canada, says that in 2015 it paid out over $130 million to its artist members.