Music publishing refers to money you can make as the copyright holder of the music you write. Basic copyright law protects songwriters by giving them exclusive rights to grant or deny the reproduction, distribution, or performance of their work. When you write original music and register the copyrights correctly and comprehensively, you may be able to start collecting royalties on that music in the following forms:
 

  1. Public Performance Royalties (generated when a song is publicly broadcast--on radio, on television, in restaurants/bars, live)
  2. Mechanical Royalties (generated when a song is sold or streamed)
  3. Sync Royalties
  4. Foreign Royalties
  5. Printed Music Royalties

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