What Are Printed Music Royalties?

Presenting the first ever music publishing royalties.

Printed music royalties are royalties generated from the sale of sheet music. Income generated from printed music royalties is split between songwriters and publishers. It’s negligible compared to other revenue streams these days, but it still exists. 

Long before anyone had record players or radios, people bought sheet music to play at home or in a concert hall. Like a book publisher, music publishers made this sheet music available for purchase. These were the first publishing royalties known to the world and why the term “music publishing” was used to describe this portion of the music industry.


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