You almost always need both.
There are two ownership types when it comes to music: the recording and the underlying composition. While labels typically take care of the recording, publishers handle the composition.
Songtrust acts as your publishing administrator, managing and collecting your publishing royalties for you. It can take years to land a more “traditional” deal — one that works for you. Make sure you aren't losing out on royalties in the meantime by signing up for Songtrust.
The only reason you wouldn't be able to use Songtrust would be if you already reached a publishing agreement with your label in addition to the recording agreement (this is unusual)l. In that case, please reach out to them directly and see if they are using Songtrust to power their publishing.
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