Sr Software Engineer



Software Engineering
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Friday, May 10, 2024

Company Description

Before TuneCore, artists needed to be signed to a record label to sell their music online. In 2006, we democratized the industry by partnering directly with digital stores and streaming platforms to enable any musician to sell their songs worldwide while retaining 100% ownership of their music. Today, TuneCore is the leading independent development partner for self-releasing artists to build audiences and careers – with technology and services across distribution, publishing administration and a range of promotional services. The company is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, and owned by Paris-based Believe, one of the world’s leading digital music companies. The company is one of the fastest growing companies in the music industry and is actively investing in the continued growth of the business.

We have made it our mission to best serve artists and labels at each stage of their development in the digital world. We are a company that cares deeply about our people and our creator community, advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion across all of our platforms and throughout our business. The pursuit of innovation inspires us to work hard for our artists, while collaboration drives the way we work and approach our company’s social responsibility.

Join TuneCore as we embark on the next phase of innovation in the music industry. Be part of the team that bridges the unmet and evolving needs of creators by building the tools and services that make their lives better.

How We're Different

TuneCore Music Distribution:

Helps artists, labels and managers sell their music through Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Mu-
sic, Deezer, TikTok and more than 150 download and streaming stores worldwide, while retaining 100 percent of their rights for a low annual flat fee.

TuneCore Music Publishing Administration:

Assists songwriters by administering their compositions through licensing, registration, world-
wide royalty collections, and placement opportunities in film, TV, commercials, video games
and more.

TuneCore Accelerator:

TuneCore Accelerator is the powerhouse program built to help artists find new audiences and
propel their fandom at each phase of development. The program and its development plans are built by TuneCore and leverage an arsenal of industry-leading services powered by our promotional teams, marketing programs, and innovative products, all designed with one simple objective: drive discovery of your music, build your audience, and promote deeper fan engagement.

Job Description

The Senior Software Engineer will innovate and create transformative solutions across various potential domains such as artist-facing features, music release pipelines, financial payment systems, and more. They are a self-driven explorer and expert collaborator, able to solve business problems and simultaneously progress the robustness of the software stack into an extensible future. They are an unwavering technical mind that understands possibilities and how to effectively implement them. They are proficient in choosing smart tradeoffs and measuring the impact. They are a foundational partner for all engineers and non-technical team members alike, consistently moving TuneCore towards being the best distribution and artist development platform in the world.

Salary: $120k-140k

The tasks and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

Software Development, Architecture and Design:

  • Lead the design, development, and implementation of complex software systems and features, ensuring adherence to best practices, coding standards, and architectural guidelines.
  • Architect scalable and maintainable software solutions that address both current and future business needs. Collaborate with stakeholders to gather requirements, define system architecture, and make strategic technical decisions.

Collaboration, Communication, and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams, including product managers, designers, and QA engineers, to define requirements, prioritize tasks, and deliver high-quality software solutions. Communicate effectively with team members and stakeholders to provide updates, share insights, and solicit feedback.
  • Provide technical guidance and mentorship to other engineers, helping them grow their skills and contribute effectively to the team.
  • Document software designs, architecture decisions, and technical specifications.
  • Contribute to internal knowledge sharing initiatives by sharing expertise, writing technical articles, and participating in sharing sessions.

Problem Solving, Research and Innovation:

  • Identify and resolve technical challenges, performance bottlenecks through effective troubleshooting, debugging, and optimization techniques. Proactively address issues to minimize impact on project timelines and deliverables.
  • Stay current with emerging technologies, industry trends, and best practices in software engineering. Evaluate new tools, frameworks, and methodologies to improve development processes and drive innovation within the organization


  • Quick learner of new technologies
  • Self-driven to debug, find technical solutions, and offer improved approaches going forward
  • Team-oriented, taking time to help others, while also comfortable learning from other engineers and approaching problems from different perspectives
  • Experience delivering large projects / features successfully and on schedule
  • Experience debugging complex problems across distributed systems and services
  • Creative thinker when discovering solutions to complex problems
  • Experience with large-scale data including financial data
  • Comfortable with version control Git and Linux/ Unix systems
  • Growth mindset
  • Loves music or creation of any kind

Education: ·Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering,
related field, or equivalent industry experience

Desired Skills, Knowledge & Experience:

  • 5+ years experience as an engineer in the following technologies:
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Javascript / Node
  • React
  • SQL / MySQL / PostgreSQL / MariaDB
  • API design and implementation
  • 2+ years experience in the following technologies:
  • Real-time streaming systems (queuing, event-driven systems, AWS
  • SQS, SNS, etc)
  • No-SQL databases (Cassandra, Mongo)
  • Docker
  • 1 to 2 years experience:
  • Full stack system design and architecture
  • Additional Experience:
  • Golang
  • Python
  • Spark (Scala)

Additional Information

Where you'll be

This role will be based out of our Brooklyn office. TuneCore operates on an in-office and remote hybrid model giving our teams flexibility and choice of how they work. When our employees return to the office post COVID they will have the option to work predominantly remotely and work from the office 7 days per month on a flexible schedule organized at the department level.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Working At TuneCore

Our Values:

TuneCore is a team of creators, for creators. Our mission is to support our artists and labels at every stage of their careers. Our driving forces are fairness, expertise, respect and transparency. As global citizens, we believe that if we build more diverse, equitable and inclusive teams across our company, we will collectively create and offer more innovative solutions and better serve our artists, labels, partners, and employees.

We strive to build a company that reflects the communities we serve and embraces the diversity of the world we live in, where each person’s unique perspective is valued, and where everyone has the same opportunities and is supported in their personal and professional growth. From our hiring practices to the culture we create and nurture, we are committed to listening, learning and evolving. Our goal is to make TuneCore an inspirational place that feels comfortable and familiar no matter how you look, where you call home, who you love, what you believe, or what’s on your playlist.

CSR Strategy: Shaping Music for Good

Our core values are put into action through Shaping Music for Good, Believe and TuneCore’s global corporate social responsibility strategy, integrated at all levels of the company and at the heart of our business model.

We strive to shape the music industry for good by building trusting relationships with artists and partners, investing in the growth and talent development of our local markets, and empowering our community to positively impact society. We work to achieve progress on our core priorities: gender equity, diversity, equity & inclusion, environmental sustainability, and wellness for our employees, artists, and industry partners.

Shapers Program
Employees have the opportunity to join the Shapers Program, a resource group made up of teammates who want to dedicate their time and skills to Shaping Music For Good initiatives. Shapers develop action plans, educate teammates, support the implementation of programs, and inspire action within the organization on causes and issues that align with TuneCore and Believe’s SMFG priorities.


As part of our commitment to gender equity in the industry, TuneCore and Believe partnered with leading marketing intelligence and consulting firm MIDiA Research in 2021 for a groundbreaking study on the underrepresentation of female creators in the music industry. For the fourth annual study, BE THE CHANGE: Gender Equity in Music, MIDiA Research surveyed more than 4,100 members of the music industry—with a predominant focus on creators—in an effort to better understand their struggles and provide tangible strategies to help them overcome their challenges. Our intent for this study is to inspire meaningful change in the industry.

Recognition and Awards:

Fast Company's 10 Most Innovative Companies in Music list (2023 & 2024)

  • Crain's Best Places to Work in NYC (2022 & 2023)

  • Billboard Women in Music List: Andreea Gleeson, CEO (2023 & 2024)

  • Billboard Indie Power Players List: Andreea Gleeson, CEO (2021, 2022, 2023)

  • Billboard's International Power Players List, Andreea Gleeson, CEO (2021, 2022, 2023, 2024)

Benefits & Perks:

At TuneCore we’re committed to the well-being of our employees and aim to create a workplace that fosters both personal and professional growth. Our inclusive benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Paid Time Off including vacation, holidays, paid bereavement, unlimited paid sick days, and company-wide week off between Christmas and New Years—every employee needs time to take care of themselves and their family.

  • “Wellness Fridays” year-round (close at 1pm on Fridays)

  • Universal Paid Parental Leave for both parents - because we know your newest family member(s) deserve your undivided attention.

  • Comprehensive health, vision, dental, FSA and dependent care from day 1 of employment - your health comes first.

  • 401k match - an investment in your future.

  • Company wide events, outings and volunteer days – we have team spirit and know how to have fun!

  • Hybrid Work - employees have the option to work primarily remotely and work from the office 7 days per month on a flexible schedule organized at the department level, in accordance with Company policies.

  • Learning and development opportunities and career development training – we believe in promoting and growing our leadership from within the company and proactively invest in our people.

  • Free distribution subscription for employees – so you can experience the magic of releasing music worldwide (and give us valuable feedback!).

TuneCore and Believe are Equal Opportunity Employers. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.