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MUSIC PUBLISHING NOTES

What does a music publisher do ?

A music publisher's role is to collaborate with songwriters, promote their songs to musicians and music professionals who may need a song for advertising, a movie, a promotional campaign and such and issue licenses for the use of the songs they represent, and collect licensing fees.

Is music publishing important ?

The importance of music publishing companies are extremely valuable to the future of recording artists and groups in the music industry.

How do you (the artist) get paid ?

Music publishers earn money through licensing fees and royalties. In terms of song ownership, a publisher usually gets a percentage stake in a track. In other words, the original copyright owner (the songwriter) assigns a portion of the copyright for a song to the publisher.

Why do you need a music publisher?

The publisher's role is to pair you with other recording artists who could use your songs on their own albums. If you want regular royalty checks, you may need a publisher for the big job of administering the mechanical, synchronisation and master licenses for your music.

What's a music publishing deal ?

A music publishing deal is an agreement between artists and publishing companies. A publishing contract is a legal contract between a publisher and a writer, so it is basically about promoting the song itself, to entities as described above.

How do I get paid ?

Royalties are typically agreed upon as a percentage of gross or net revenues derived from the use of an asset or a fixed price per unit sold of an item of such, but there are also other modes and metrics of compensation. A royalty interest is the right to collect a stream of future royalty payments.

 

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