What is a Letter of Direction (LOD)?

It lets everyone know who is handling your publishing.

When you register a new account on Songtrust, we ask whether you are affiliated with a Performing Rights Organization (PRO). If you are, we generate and send a Letter of Direction (LOD) on your behalf, informing your PRO and other collection societies and pay sources around the world that you are giving us the right to manage your publishing. 

A LOD grants Songtrust the administrative rights for your work, and gives your publishing entity (if you have one) the permission to collect royalties on your behalf. An LOD does not grant us ownership of your work. 

Once a collection society has received your LOD, we can begin the registration process for your songs within that territory. 

Below is an example of what an LOD typically looks like… 



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