TuneCore have just hit an important milestone: reaching over one billion (American) dollars in download and streaming revenue, since the company’s launch in 2006.

This represents a huge victory for both Tunecore, and the independent music sector, with the company mainly dealing with artists without traditional label deals.

It also serves as proof positive that artists can earn money from their music without dealing with gatekeepers.

Scott Ackerman, CEO of TuneCore sent an open letter to all musicians registered to the service, stating: “This milestone is just one step in our mission to help reshape the music industry to support independent artists around the world. Through building new products and improving our services, we are constantly working to help push the industry forward, and we’re excited to continue to grow alongside our artists.”