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Alfred Music Publishing and TuneCore have teamed up to create Alfred Records, a new
solution for all schools to raise money and increase awareness for their school
music programs by providing a way to record and sell their music on iTunes and other
digital music stores.
Any school, public or private, and any school music group—from jazz ensemble to
orchestra to marching band and glee club—can now record their group’s performances
and sell it via TuneCore across the major digital retail platforms.
Dr. Scott Watson, band director at Parkland High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania
uses this service with his Music Production class. His students arrange public
domain songs and sell digital copies and CDs, then donate proceeds to local
charities. They even started a blog to share news about the project and promote the
release each year.
“It’s my favorite thing to do with the students all year long,” said Watson. “The
whole process is very easy and the students think it’s wonderful that their music is
available on iTunes!”
TuneCore is providing a 20\% discount to schools and has worked with Alfred Music
Publishing to create step-by-step instructions on how to upload the music, handle
royalty registration and payment, and receive earnings from the fundraiser. TuneCore
and Alfred will also be offering tips on how to promote the music to their
“I love the fundraising aspect of this program and I think all the digital stores
are great vehicles for sharing our music with the parents and community. My students
can't wait to begin!” said Carmen Gassi, band director at White Oaks Secondary
School in Oakville, Ontario (Canada).
To participate, school music programs can go alfred.com/alfredrecords and sign up
for a free TuneCore account:
TuneCore single-handedly changed the music industry, allowing all musicians to have
a career without being signed by a label by providing access to distribution into
iTunes and more for a simple flat fee. Artists keep all their rights and receive
100\% of the revenue from the sale of their music. Schools that use Alfred Records
can join TuneCore artists Joan Jett, Jay-Z, Aretha Franklin Drake, David Byrne, Nine
Inch Nails, Ziggy Marley and hundreds of thousands of others in getting their music
distributed, heard, bought and shared around the world – all are welcome.
For more information on Alfred Music Publishing, please visit alfred.com.