TuneCore is expanding into Australia.
The digital distributor and publishing administration service provider today announced the launch of TuneCore Australia, the company’s fourth international expansion market.
Based in Melbourne with a digital presence at TuneCore.com.au, the service will enable Australia-based artists to collect revenue from streaming services, digital download stores, songwriter royalties, and sync licensing opportunities, all in the local currency.
“Our primary focus has always been to help music makers get their tracks and albums out worldwide for fans to enjoy,” said Scott Ackerman, CEO of TuneCore. “Our continued global expansion into the Australian market will help further our mission to bring more music to more people around the world, while also helping musicians and artists collect revenue through TuneCore’s variety of services.”
The company also has localized services in Canada (since 2011), Japan (2012) and, since September, the U.K.
It’s no surprise TuneCore is making the move into Australia. Why it’s taken so long to set up here, and tap into Australia’s thriving artist community, is the better question. TuneCore’s then-CEO Jeff Price spread the word on the business when he delivered a keynote presentation at Sydney’s AustralAsian Music Business Conference way back in August 2009 (Price was ousted from the company in 2012).
Since its inception in 2006, TuneCore artists have earned more than $600 million from more than 22.5 billion downloads and streams, according to the company. It charges annual fees for distribution and pays artists 100 percent of the royalties.
New TuneCore Australian members signing up for an account will pay A14.99 ($10.50) to upload a single for distribution. The price is A$39.99 ($28) for an album in the first year and A$65.99 ($46) each year thereafter. Artists can also pay a onetime fee of A$99.99 ($70) for access to TuneCore Publishing Administration.’