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What is music publishing

In the music industry, a music publisher or publishing company is responsible for ensuring the songwriters and composers receive payment when their compositions are used commercially. ... They also secure commissions for music and promote existing compositions to recording artists, film and television.without proper control from the songwriter’s representative side, a sizable portion of royalties gets lost in the publishing “black box” — a pile of unclaimed or wrongly attributed payments. There are a bunch of reasons for that, from music metadata issues and human errors to disorganization, disputed claims, and straight-up fraudulently assumed royalties. In our time working directly with artists, we’ve stumbled upon thousands of examples of publishing chaos — something like four companies trying to claim 35% of the song on a streaming service each. Well, guess what a streaming platform is going to answer if you try to claim 140% of the song. Correct — no one gets paid.  

Copyright and Publishers

The role of the Publisher is based on copyright, which is the rights that you have for your music. Copyright is split into two main sections: copyright in the song (known as publishing rights) and copyright in the sound recording (known as master rights). The publisher only deals with the publishing right, which is the songwriting side and includes the music and lyrics. Traditionally, a record label will own the master right, which is basically the right to use a particular recording of that song, but if you’re a self-releasing artist or producer then you will most likely own this right yourself. In a publishing agreement, you will generally assign the publisher your publishing copyright, to use and license your songs on your behalf. This means you are no longer have to do this yourself.

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