Believe-owned DIY distribution platform TuneCore has hired Dan Rutman as director for the US and Canada.
In his new role, Rutman will lead TuneCore’s business development opportunities for both acquisition-based strategic partnerships and brand partnerships in all key industries.
Rutman will also be responsible for Canadian artist relationships and partnerships as head of TuneCore Canada.
According to TuneCore, Rutman’s first “strategic partnership” is with start-up Groover for music technology, a platform on which artists can apply to music industry professionals.
Rutman is the founder of Solitaire Recordings, an independent record label that has accumulated over 100 million streams over the course of its life.
Solitaire was founded to “empower international independent artists to penetrate and grow in the North American markets,” says TuneCore.
Rutman has also worked at Remote Control Records, the ANZ satellite office for Beggars Group / XL Recordings / 4AD / Rough Trade / Young Turks / etc. and Sneak Attack Media, which was acquired by The Syndicate in 2018.
“His understanding of artists is palpable.”
Andreea Gleeson, Tunecore
Andreea Gleeson, Chief Revenue Officer and Co-Head of TuneCore, said, “Dan’s unique experience positions him as a person who is adept at approaching both business relationships and creative brainstorming at a very high level.
“His understanding of artists is palpable and has already brought the company several new partnerships.”
“I am excited to build the TuneCore brand and core offering.”
Rutman said, “As the rise of the independent artist becomes a standout narrative in the music industry, I feel very fortunate to have entrusted this role at TuneCore. A company that stands in the field of tension between music and technology.
“I am excited to build the TuneCore brand and core offering through creative and commercial strategic partnerships.”
In 2015, Tunecore was acquired by Paris-based Believe and has paid out over $ 2 billion to artists.
Earlier this month, Believe confirmed that it has taken the first official step to float in its native France and intends to raise around 500 million euros ($ 608 million) to fund its growth strategy as part of its planned IPO.Music business worldwide