Will my back catalog/previous releases be covered under the new plan?
Once you switch to an Unlimited Plan, all of your live releases will be covered under a single yearly fee, including releases that were live before you switched. That means if you switch today, all of your releases will renew on this date next year, instead of one at a time throughout the year as they do now.
This also means that if you have multiple primary/main artists, you’ll have to pay for each additional artist at the time you switch to an Unlimited plan.
I have the Professional Unlimited Plan, why am I being charged?
The most common add-on to the Professional Plan is additional primary/main artists. The Professional Plan includes a single primary/main artist. But if you have a release with multiple primary/main artists, you’ll have to pay an add-on fee for each one.
You will only have to pay for each unique artist once a year no matter how many releases they appear on. And one important thing to remember is that artist names are case-sensitive, so make sure you double-check that you’ve spelled and formatted each one correctly. That means that our system will see the following examples as completely different artist names:
- Lil’ Shouty
- Lil Shouty
- Lil shouty
- lil shouty
If you have multiple stylizations of the same artist name in your account, and you want to unify your metadata so they all match, reach out to our Artist Support team and we’ll see what’s possible.
What if I add an additional primary artist after I get my plan?
Additional Primary Artist fees are pro-rated for the remainder of your plan year. For example, if your plan expires in December, and you upload a release with an additional primary artist in June, you'll be charged 50% of the full price. When your plan renews, you'll pay the full price for the next year.
Why is there an additional primary artist name in my cart?
If you change your artist name after distribution and it creates an additional primary artist on your account, you will be charged for that existing additional primary artist fee the next time you check out, even if the release you're trying to distribute does not have an additional Primary Artist on it.
Can I have some of my music on the pay-per-release model and others on an Unlimited Plan?
As soon as you switch to an Unlimited Plan, your entire account will be covered under a single yearly fee. We don’t have a way for you to utilize the pay-per-release model for some releases and Unlimited for others in a single account at this time, and additionally, once you switch to an Unlimited Plan you cannot switch back to pay-per-release.
Can I switch back to pay-per-release if I don’t like my Unlimited Plan?
Once you switch to an Unlimited Plan you cannot switch back to pay-per-release. Additionally, you can only have one plan associated with your account at a time.
I thought the New Artist Plan was free, why am I being charged?
The New Artist plan has no up-front costs associated with it. When you sign up for this plan, you’ll be able to distribute your releases to TuneCore’s Social Platforms - this includes Facebook, Instagram, Reels, YouTube Music, YouTube Content ID, and TikTok. You’ll keep 80% of all of the revenue you earn from those platforms.
If you want to send your releases to any additional stores (like Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, etc.) you’ll need to upgrade to the Rising Artist, Breakout Artist, or Professional Plan. When you do, you’ll keep 100% of the revenue you earn from these additional stores.
How many additional artists can I add to my account?
Additional artists can only be purchased if you’re on the Professional Plan. Once you’ve upgraded to Professional, you can add as many primary/main artists as you need, there’s no limit. The Professional Plan includes one artist seat, additional seats will come with an annual cost.
How do I pay for an additional artist?
When you add a new primary/main artist to your release, you will automatically be prompted to complete the checkout process before you can send your release for distribution.
How do I add stores after distribution with the new plan?
You can add more stores to your release right from your Discography, here’s how:
- In your TuneCore account click “Music” at the top of the page
- Then, choose “Discography” when the menu appears
- Find your release
- Click “+Add Stores”
If you’re on the New Artist plan, you’ll have to upgrade before we will send your releases to any additional stores.
I want to downgrade my plan
In order to downgrade your plan, you’ll need to get in touch with our Artist Support team. They’ll let you know if you’re able to downgrade based on the features you’ve already utilized throughout your releases. It’s possible that you may not be able to downgrade without modifying the releases that are currently live in your TuneCore account, the Artist Support team will work with you to determine what’s possible.
Please note: When you downgrade your plan, the new plan will not be in effect until your next renewal date.
I already purchased a plan, why am I being prompted to pay again?
If you’re having trouble finalizing your release on the New Artist or Rising Artist plans, there’s a good chance that you’re utilizing an advanced distribution feature that requires you to upgrade to a higher tier plan.
The following features are only available on the Professional Plan:
- Custom Label Name
- Custom Recording Location
- Custom UPC (non-TuneCore generated)
- Multiple Main Artists
The following features are only available on the Breakout Artist and Professional Plans:
- Store Automator
- Daily Trend Reports
- Cover Art Creator
In order to send your release for distribution, you may need to upgrade to a higher tier plan, or remove the above custom features from your releases if you want to remain on the New Artist or Rising Artist plans. You can see a full breakdown of what’s available in each Unlimited Distribution plan by visiting our Plan Comparison page.