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TuneCore Names Dan Rutman Director of U.S. & Canada

Dan Rutman
Emily McBride

Dan Rutman

TuneCore has named Dan Rutman director, U.S. & Canada, the independent digital music distributor announced today (May 13).

Rutman is the founder of independent label Solitaire Recordings, and has also held roles at Remote Control Records and Sneak Attack Media. In his new position, he will lead business development opportunities for both acquisition-based strategic partnerships and brand partnerships across TuneCore's key industries, as well as oversee Canadian artist relations and partnerships as the head of TuneCore Canada.

"Dan’s unique experience positions him as an individual that can tackle both business relations and creative brainstorming adeptly at a very high level," TuneCore co-head and chief revenue officer Andreea Gleeson said in a statement. "His understanding of artists is palpable and is already netting the company multiple new partnerships."

Rutman has already scored his first strategic partnership for TuneCore with music technology startup Groover, a marketplace where independent artists can promote themselves to tastemakers and music industry professionals. On the marketplace, TuneCore provides independent artists with advice and best practices across topics like marketing and release planning.

"As the rise of the independent artist becomes the prominent narrative within the music industry, I feel very fortunate to be entrusted to this position at TuneCore; a company that exists at the nexus of music and tech," Rutman said. "I’m thrilled to build TuneCore’s brand and core offering through creative and commercial strategic partnerships."

TuneCore, which was acquired by Paris-headquartered music company Believe in 2015, has paid out over $2 billion to artists. Earlier this week, TuneCore began its initial public offering (IPO) process, with plans to raise €500 million (nearly $608 million) to finance its growth strategy of building "the leading global artist digital development platform."