TuneCore is operated by some of the brightest minds and most passionate people in the music and tech industries, all united by a mission of supporting independent artists everywhere.
Meet Our Leadership
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Revenue Officer
Vice President, Publishing & Sync
VP, Artist and Partner Relations
Vice President, International
VP, Product Management
Faryal Khan-ThompsonVice President, International Faryal serves as TuneCore’s Vice President of International, overseeing TuneCore’s existing international teams and responsible for the brand’s growth and expansion into new countries and territories. Faryal holds a BS in International Relations and History & Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. She joins TuneCore with 10+ years of Localization, International management, Project management and Strategy & Operations experience. Faryal joins us from Tag, an international creative production agency, where she was Global Head of Localization. There, she was responsible for overseeing a global team and supporting many clients across a wide range of industries to help scale their localization efforts and ensure successful market entry. As head of international expansion efforts and strategy, Faryal is excited to bring her passion for cultures and helping brands go global to the TuneCore team. Faryal also has a great passion for music, and comes from a very musically oriented family. She did musical theatre for 15+ years including playing Dorothy in her high school’s rendition of “The Wiz”, has a mother who is a trained and well-known Indian-Classical/Jazz singer and a younger brother who raps and is a TuneCore artist himself!
Director, Publishing & Sync, TuneCore Music Publishing Administration
Liam Farrell leads the creative sync team and handles licensing deals across television, film, video games and other media for all TuneCore publishing clients. He oversees catalog curation for the frontline sync roster and manages the day to day administration needs of publishing clients. Some of his proudest sync placements during his time at TuneCore include Stranger Things, Handmaids Tale, and the video game Little Big Planet.
Prior to joining TuneCore, Liam was Senior Music Supervisor & Business Development at Jingle Punks Music. Before that, he worked for Sting’s management team. He graduated from Syracuse University.
Liam is a proud member of American Association of Independent Music and Association of Independent Music Publishers.
From 2008-2017, Liam was in a rock/funk band called Hunters & Runners that played venues all over NYC. He currently enjoys performing stand-up comedy and writing.
Global Communications Director
Maria Ho-Burge is TuneCore’s Global Communications Director. She oversees all external and internal communications for TuneCore on a worldwide basis. She is also manages US communications for TuneCore’s parent company, Believe and coordinates communications functions between the two.
She joined TuneCore in August, 2020, with a solid background in the music industry. She was Vice President of Global Communications for Universal Music Group, where she worked for over a decade as a key member of the communications team responsible for external and internal communications, corporate social responsibility and events. Prior to UMG, she was Director of Artist Publicity and Corporate Communications for Jive Records and the Zomba Group of Companies.
Maria graduated with a B.A. in English from Barnard College in New York City. She is passionate about live music and has been in almost every place you can hear music in Manhattan over the course of the last decade or so, from small Lower East Side bars to massive large-scale venues.
Director, Data Analytics
An accomplished data strategist, Raj Sarma is TuneCore’s Director of Data Analytics and has over a decade of experience in data governance and analytics across multiple industries. At TuneCore, Raj’s goal is to streamline and modernize the company’s analytics and reporting services by building brand-new data architecture that will adapt and scale with the organization’s growing needs.
Raj is also a highly talented photographer and has followed his passion into many assignments, including a project with The Atlantic. Over the years, his photos have been published across multiple outlets and won many awards including two features in the National Geographic.
As an avid record-collector for over a decade, music is a deep-rooted passion for Raj. With a collection of over 3,000 vinyl records and growing, he jokes (or does he) about building a home just for his music collection and stereo.
Vice President, Publishing & Sync
Chris Dampier is TuneCore’s Vice President of our Publishing and Sync departments.
He is a graduate of London College of Music and University of Westminster. Before joining TuneCore, Chris was the Creative Director of Film, TV and Visual Media at Broadcast Music, Inc.
With TuneCore, he oversees the Publishing Administration and Sync teams, ensuring that we provide the most efficient and accurate administration of our clients’ songs. Chris and his team also works with Music Supervisors from around the world to actively pitch TuneCore artists for placements in the film, TV, video games and ads.
Chris proudly serves on the Independent Publisher Advisory Council for the National Music Publishers Association and is a member of the Association of Independent Music Publishers, Guild of Music Supervisors and a voting member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Director, Infrastructure Operations
Jason Allen is TuneCore’s Director of Infrastructure Operations.
He studied Computer Information Science at Niagara University. Before joining the team at TuneCore, he was the Technical Operations and Platform Manager at PBS.
With TuneCore, Jason manages both the DevOps and Internal IT Teams. He leads them in the implementation and delivery of cutting-edge cloud-based infrastructure, security, and development processes behind TuneCore’s product, as well as supporting our internal staff members’ needs.
Already with TuneCore, he is proud of implementing disaster recovery and business continuity plans, as well as building out new monitoring and dashboard solutions to keep TuneCore staff aware of our platform’s performance.
Jason grew up singing in choir and chorus, and has been an active DJ in the Washington, D.C. music scene for the past 10 years. He spins all genres, but mainly House, Drum & Bass, Trap & Bass Music, Hip-Hop, and R&B.
Product Director, TuneCore Social
As Product Director, Ali leads the development of the TuneCore Social app. He’s responsible for compiling and analyzing data, strategic planning, setting design standards for user experience, and overseeing application development. Ali attended Seaton Hall and Rutgers Universities, and was previously Product Director at Ampology, LLC. He is also the Founder and Product Director of F2F660 Digital.
Ali has earned three Society of Newspapers design awards as a staff artist and production manager for the New York Times, where he honed his design skills for 17 years.
As a lifelong musician, Ali is excited to bring his skills to the TuneCore team to help improve the lives and careers of independent artists by developing tools designed to help them succeed and earn a living.
Chief Executive Officer
With dual academic education in Business Law and Management (Paris School of Management ESCP, Master of Law at Duke University North Carolina), Denis Ladegaillerie passed the New York Bar in 1997. He started his career as Business Lawyer at Shearman & Sterling where he practiced from 1997 to 2000. He joined the financial department of Vivendi at the beginning of 2000 to take care of the restructuring of the portfolio of companies in the internet sector of the group.
He then managed the internet and new media activities for Vivendi Universal in the United States as Chief Strategy and Financial Officer for two years and a half. There, he managed the restructuring and development of the first digital music service (eMusic), the first music social networking site (MP3.com), the leading mobile media distributor (Moviso / Infospace Mobile), as well as Rollingstone.com. In 2005, he returned to France and founded Believe, which is today a leading global digital music distribution and service provider for independent artists and labels with more than 1,200 employees in 44 countries.
Believe is part of the Next40 and recently won the Europe Allstar 2019 Company of the Year and the Grand Prix of France 2020 Future Unicorns.
Vice President, Product Management
Maren leads a diverse team of product managers, develops the product strategy, and manages the product roadmap. Together with her team, Maren acts as a champion for both the customers and the product and collaborates cross-functionally at TuneCore with a focus on optimizing existing features, evolving the user experience and building innovative and engaging products based on customer feedback.
Maren has 25 years of experience leading and building product, localization and UX teams at consumer tech companies, such as AOL, Yahoo, SideStep/Kayak, BabyCenter and WebMD. During her time at AOL, she led the product launches for AOL Europe, Asia and Latin America. Prior to TuneCore, Maren was the VP of Product and UX at Ask Applications (an IAC company), one of the world’s largest distributors of desktop applications.
Maren earned her B.A. in German Language and Literature with minors in Political Science and Japanese from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also attended graduate school in Information Systems at American University.
Ace Elijah Burgess
Before joining TuneCore, Ace served as the Associate Director of Application Development Programs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In 2017, he founded the Brooklyn-based independent record label, Interline Records and served as president for two years.
As Director of Engineering at TuneCore, Ace manages and oversees the engineering team while helping to facilitate technical implementations and solutions around all of TuneCore’s business components. From customer-facing sites, financial and administrative tooling, to distribution, publishing, and account management, Ace leads his team to work toward optimizing TuneCore’s current products and services.
Ace has worked as a sound engineer for over 10 years at music festivals around the country. As a member of the American Association of Independent Music, he is an accomplished signed songwriter, having written songs for other artists as well as produced a handful of studio albums.
Director, Customer Care
Erica received her Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts Management at the University of Hartford. She joins TuneCore with over five years of support management experience as a User Support Manager at Paperless Post and a Customer Service and Quality Manager at Shapeways. Erica is a Six Sigma Yellow Belt, which was awarded to her by the American Society for Quality in “Excellence in Process Improvement/Management”.
In her role at TuneCore, Erica focuses on identifying process and operational efficiency opportunities and leads optimization initiatives to improve the customer experience and increase customer satisfaction. She oversees the Customer Care team and works closely with our Entertainment Relations, Product, Marketing and Tech teams to help bring the best possible service to TuneCore’s community of artists.
Outside of her professional customer support experience, Erica has been a longtime participant and organizer within her local music scenes: playing in several bands, organizing and promoting regional shows, managing tours, running live sound, and stage managing. She brings a passion for music to the TuneCore team.
Director, Integrated Marketing
Erica received her Bachelor’s in Music Business and Masters in Digital Marketing at Full Sail University. Erica has been recognized for her years of experience and efforts within the marketing field through several Cynopsis nominations for digital video content, including Best Viral Video and Best Stand-Alone Short for her work at Music Choice.
In her role at TuneCore, Erica oversees all inbound marketing efforts while coordinating integrating marketing support and collaboration with cross-functional teams to drive 360 marketing campaigns. She works day-to-day optimizing email marketing strategizing and implementing new ways to enrich communication with artists and prospects. Additionally, Erica leads the planning and executing of multi-channel marketing campaigns with the goal of delivering a cohesive marketing message and customer experience.
Erica has made impressive strides within her marketing role, including leading the marketing team to overhaul the design and messaging of customer emails and educational content, as well as conceptualizing and launching TuneCore’s Artist Milestone campaign.
Apostolos “Paul” Zachopoulos, CPA
Paul Zachopoulos serves as the Controller of TuneCore’s Finance Department.
Paul has earned a BS from Bowling Green State University and an MS from Cleveland State University, both in Accounting. He also holds a New York State CPA license. Before joining TuneCore, he was the Director of Client Services at NJD Solutions.
His work with TuneCore is comprised of many different facets that involve all of our departments. Compiling, and clearly articulating, information from the high volume of transactions that TuneCore receives every day is only the beginning of his responsibilities. He does everything from managing the Finance team’s day-to-day, to finding ways to make the department, and TuneCore, function more efficiently.
Paul also brings personal music experience to TuneCore. He pursued a career in the industry out of college and is thrilled to come full circle and be on the other side of the business spectrum.
Vice President, Technology
Neil Bhay serves as TuneCore’s Vice President of Technology.
Neil holds a MS in Information Systems from NYU and a BA in Economics from Brandeis University. He joins TuneCore with 19 years of project and technical leadership experience in a variety of start-ups and established corporations. Most recently, Neil was Vice President of Technology at Viacom. There, he oversaw Viacom’s technology vision for web and native solutions, streaming episodic video content, and live award-presentation events (watched by millions) for well-known brands including MTV, Comedy Central, VH1.
Heading up innovation and the initiatives of our Technology Team, Neil is excited to bring to Tunecore his passion for delivering technology solutions that work best for the individuals using them.
He also has first-hand experience as a musician. He plays in an acoustic grunge band, which performs live in the vibrant New York City music scene.
Senior Director, Client Marketing
Nicholas leads the Client Marketing Team as Senior Director of Client Marketing.
Nicholas received his Bachelor of Economics and Mathematics from The Johns Hopkins University. He then worked as an Analyst at Warner Music Group before starting at TuneCore.
Nicholas oversees the customer acquisition and integrated marketing at TuneCore, helping spread awareness about TuneCore’s best-in-class music services, and provides guidance and strategy across various integrated marketing campaigns and cross-team initiatives. He is most proud of his work accelerating the brand awareness of TuneCore’s services around the world.
Nicholas had a brief try at being a touring musician, but called it quits after sleeping in the tour van one too many times.
Chief Operating Officer
Matt Barrington is TuneCore’s Chief Operating Officer.
As Chief Operating Officer, Matt oversees TuneCore’s Finance, Data, Technology, Product, Operations and Legal Departments. Having joined the company in 2010, over the course of Barrington’s decade-long leadership, TuneCore has become recognized as the most trusted, consistent and transparent place for independent artists to earn money from their music.
Before joining TuneCore, Matt was the Financial Systems Manager for TBWA (an Omnicom company) where he developed and implemented the strategic plan for TBWA’s North America Microsoft Dynamics AX implementation. Prior to that, he held a similar position with Agency.com, at the time a leader in interactive marketing. Matt has also held various key finance and finance system roles at leading insurance services company Marsh & McLennon. He graduated from Pace University with a double MBA in Financial Management and Information Systems and from Adelphi University with a BS in Business Communications and Management.
As for what Matt listens to? He takes his music as seriously as he takes his work. While he cites rock as his favorite genre, it’s not unusual to hear everything from Motown to Bowie to Avenged Sevenfold blasting from his office.
Director, Content & Rights Operations
Sean Daley is the Director of Content & Rights Operations at TuneCore.
After receiving his BA in Rhetoric & Popular Music from SUNY Binghamton, Sean joined the TuneCore team in 2010 as an Artist Support Specialist. Sean rose through the ranks of the Operations team, moving up to the Lead Agent of Artist Support, then Manager of Customer Care, Manager of Operations, Director of Operations, and now Director of Content & Rights Operations.
As Director of Content & Rights Operations, Sean strives to provide current and prospective customers best-in-class service by making sure TuneCore is delivering content to stores that adhere to their strict formatting, style, and delivery guidelines. He also oversees the Content Review, Video Rights Management, and Fraud Prevention teams.
Sean takes pride in representing TuneCore’s customer base when it comes to working across the different departments of the company (Product, Technology, Entertainment Relations, Marketing, etc.) to make sure we’re launching the best products and services we can for our artists.
Sean performed in Punk and Hardcore bands throughout high school and college.
Chief Revenue Officer
Andreea Gleeson serves as TuneCore’s Chief Revenue Officer.
In her role at Chief Revenue Officer, Andreea is responsible for TuneCore’s Marketing, Artist Support, Artist and Partner Relations and International. She was most recently Chief Marketing Officer, having joined the company in 2015 as head of marketing. During her time at the company, Andreea has greatly expanded each area under her purview, with inspirational marketing campaigns, an efficient and affective artist support system and a reimagined artist and partner relations department to better support independent artists at all stages of their careers. She is also spearheading TuneCore’s aggressive International expansion with local representation in 10 countries so far and many more planned.
Prior to joining TuneCore, Andreea had a successful 11-year career at Lord & Taylor, most recently serving as Divisional Vice President of Marketing where she led the omni-channel marketing strategy for the entire department store chain. During her time at Lord & Taylor and its sister store, Hudson’s Bay Company, Andreea also held multiple leadership roles within the eCommerce team, where she drove the digital strategy and grew the Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay sites from the ground up, surpassing the sales volumes of the flagship stores for both chains. She received her Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing from Pace University.
Although she loves many genres of music, she often doesn’t get to choose what she listens to at home. That area is managed by her toddler Teddy, who’s been playing “Wheels on the Bus” and “Baby Shark” on a loop.
Vice President, Artist and Partner Relations
As a music industry veteran, Shelby Kennedy continues to utilize his passion for developing music creators. During his tenure at Lyric Street Records, Kennedy’s involvement with SheDaisy and Rascal Flatts firmly established the label. He also introduced Alan Jackson to then bourgeoning label Arista Nashville. In the recording studio, he works from both sides of the glass as a producer and a background vocalist. As a writer, Kennedy’s first cut was recorded by Ray Charles, and he counts Reba McEntire’s “I’m A Survivor” among his favorite triumphs. Graduating from Belmont University in 1985, he received the inaugural Mike Curb School of Music Business Award of Excellence in 1996. He is a rare executive to have served writer and publisher relations for both ASCAP and BMI. He has been an adjunct professor for the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont University and has served on Nashville’s Board of Governors for the Recording Academy as well as the Board of Directors for NSAI. He hails from a musical family: his mother sang on The Louisiana Hayride; his father is legendary producer and Hall of Fame musician Jerry Kennedy; his brothers, Gordon and Bryan, are award winning songwriters; his wife, Sheri formerly served sales and marketing at Capitol Records in Nashville and their son, Gavin is an instrumental artist/composer. Kennedy currently serves as Vice President, Entertainment Relations for TuneCore where he cultivates relationships to serve today’s music creators in areas of digital distribution, publishing administration, and other career-building services.
Senior Director, Brand Marketing
Melanie Seddon is Senior Director of Brand Marketing for TuneCore, where she oversees all brand marketing efforts and manages the team responsible for TuneCore’s social media channels as well as TuneCore events. Her primary focus and what drives her, is keeping artists at the forefront of everything TuneCore does.
The creation of the marketing campaign, Independent AF was a highlight for Melanie. Through merchandise and billboards, the initiative introduced new brand messaging and a creative energy that artists identified with and was then amplified across all of TuneCore’s social media channels.
Melanie earned a B.S. from the University of Rhode Island. Before joining TuneCore, she was Vice President of Brand Marketing at Occasion Brands (overseeing PromGirl.com, KleinfeldBridalParty.com and SimplyDresses.com). The transition from retail to music was a natural one, as Melanie has always had a deep love of hip-hop. Her first CDs ever purchased were Jay-Z Vol. 2, Hard Knock Life and “Money, Power, Respect,” by The Lox.
TuneCore's mission is to offer cutting-edge distribution and publishing technologies, innovative artist tools and best-in-class services that empower artists, labels and managers to reach worldwide audiences, maximize their music sales revenue and access the tools they need to grow and sustain their careers without surrendering their independence.Join the Team
Customer Care Team
Our Artist Support Specialists work directly with TuneCore artists via email and phone to help them distribute their music online, answer all TuneCore related questions, and resolve any issues they have with their music or services.
Content Review & Rights Specialist Team
Content Review & Rights Administration Specialists review new releases for proper formatting and quality, work to ensure that rights are properly administered for TuneCore content, and administer sound recording rights in YouTube’s Content ID system.
TuneCore's Main Office
Brooklyn has always been known as both a home and a source of inspiration for countless independent artists throughout the years. That's why ever since we launched our original website back in 2006, no place has felt more like home to TuneCore than Brooklyn, New York.
TuneCore has always fostered a special relationship with the Brooklyn and greater New York City artistic community. Through local events, live shows, and lots of memories, we're proud of all the opportunities we've had to connect with a place that has influenced so many of the artists we love.
While TuneCore has continued to expand around the world, our main base of operations remains right where it all began.
Director, Entertainment Relations
Amy Lombardi leads TuneCore’s office in Austin, TX working closely with artists and music industry professionals while increasing the brand's presence throughout Texas.
Amy began her music industry career in NYC at A&M Records. She joined the Artist Relations department at Warner Bros. Records before settling into a publicist role for the label, working with R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Van Halen and Seal. At Nasty Little Man PR, Amy was a publicist for Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Neko Case and Beastie Boys, among others.
Additionally, Amy founded the boutique PR firm, Call Girl PR, in Chicago where she created and executed breakout PR campaigns for The New Pornographers, Alejandro Escovedo and Neko Case, and introduced new audiences to seminal artists such as Wire, Jon Langford (Mekons), Jandek and Jimmy Martin. Around the same time, Amy also founded and led the talent management firm Beekeeper Corp., home to three-time Grammy-nominee Neko Case, singer Kelly Hogan, singer/songwriter Cass McCombs, indie dance trio My Gold Mask and Americana duo, Escondido.
Amy serves as Marketing Chair on the Austin Music Foundation board, member of Austin Community College’s Music Business, Performance + Technology Advisory Committee and Advisory Board member for both Black Fret and House of Songs.
Manager, Entertainment Relations
As Manager, Entertainment Relations at TuneCore, Joncier is responsible for establishing and nurturing client relations throughout the Atlanta region, an obligation befitting of her down-to-earth and funny personality.
Joncier attended Ithaca College, obtaining her undergraduate degree in Creative Writing and Journalism. While earning her Bachelor of Arts, her taste grew for pursuing a career in the music business. Her appetite began with Radio Broadcasting and she worked as On-Air Talent for the institution’s station, 92 WICB-FM. By the time she graduated, she had ascended to the position of Urban Director for the station. After graduation, she held on-air positions for a few Internet radio stations in New York City, before working for ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). She began as Receptionist for the Membership Department in 2007, where she put her writing skills to use, eventually becoming editor of online/print content for the Rhythm & Soul Department. In 2010, she was promoted to Membership Representative for the Rhythm & Soul Department, servicing members within the southeast U.S. region. In 2015, Joncier was promoted again to Associate Director for the Rhythm & Soul Department and was tasked with overseeing the Gospel division – a special responsibility given due to her personal attention on the market. Following a successful 9-year tenure at ASCAP, in 2016, Joncier transitioned to TuneCore.
Joncier met former pro basketball player, Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal in Guitar Center and he gifted her with her first DJ controller.
Country Manager, Entertainment Relations
As the Country Manager for France, Basile Beaugendre works closely with local artists and the independent music community to support and grow TuneCore’s brand awareness throughout the country.
Basile received his Master’s degree in Business with a major in Media & Communication from The Catholic University of Lille. Prior to joining TuneCore, Basile had a successful career as a Talent Manager at the artist agency Unity Group, and as a partner at Unity Publishing. He has worked closely with European acts such as Lost Frequencies, Klingande, and Broken Back.
Basile possesses a deep understanding of artists' needs, and has extensive 360-degree experience collaborating with international DJs, producers and live acts at every step of an artist’s career. In this capacity he’s been involved with everything from worldwide touring, management, distribution, publishing, social media, and branding.
Country Manager, Entertainment Relations
As Country Manager for TuneCore’s Entertainment Relations team based in Hamburg, Colin comes with previous experience as the Manager of Streaming at Warner Music Group Germany. Working in the digital sales department, Colin was responsible for streaming operations across platforms like Deezer, YouTube, Tidal, Napster, and Qobuz. Colin has also freelanced as a broadcast journalist and sits on the Music Board of 1LIVE in Cologne, reviewing albums, interviewing artists and producing features and editorial pieces.
Colin has earned a Master of Science from Northeastern University in Music Industry Leadership, as well as a Master of Arts in North American Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in English Studies and Sound Studies from University of Bonn.
Dedicated to reaching and connecting with Germany’s independent music community, Colin is establishing events and networking sessions throughout the country to ensure that artists can earn a living from their music. Colin is an avid piano player and even dabbles in hip hop.
Country Manager, Entertainment Relations
As Country Manager for TuneCore’s Entertainment Relations team based in Rome, Italy, Fabrizio brings a breadth of music industry experience and local knowledge. As a booking agent at VIRGO MUSIC MGMT for over five years, he’s worked to help support the careers of some Italy’s largest hip hop and EDM artists.
Fabrizio was also able to tour as a road manager with artists from his roster during European stretches, getting first-hand experience in the technical and logistical sides of touring.
On top of providing artists with smooth and hassle-free gigging experiences, Fabrizio himself toured throughout Europe as a DJ, playing in large venues throughout countries such as Italy and Croatia over the course of four years. His studio-building and production skills allowed him to grow as a DJ and gain invaluable experience.
Country Manager, Entertainment Relations
As the Country Manager for India, Heena joins TuneCore from Gibson Brands, Inc. where she last served as Director of Entertainment Relations for the region.
Heena is committed to enabling success for every Indian musician and believes that TuneCore offers them the tools to navigate their artistic careers.
Heena brings 18 years of music industry experience to her role at TuneCore. Before her time at Gibson she was Label Manager at EMI Virgin Music and co-founded Cinnamon, a firm dedicated to sourcing in-film opportunities in Bollywood movies for local and international artists. She was instrumental in establishing the process of sync licensing in the region.
Continuing to build relationships, bringing together creators & experts and driving success stories are what motivates her most. She’s a firm believer in the music community with the artist at its epicenter.