What is a Music Publishing Administrator?

A music publishing administrator administers the rights of a songwriter in the marketplace by registering and licensing songs with the proper entities to make sure they are collecting royalties, but does not retain any rights to the music published by the copyright holders.

The copyright holder (songwriter) retains ownership and creative control of the music. The administrator collects royalties and licensing fees on behalf of the copyright holder, and in return, they traditionally receive a small commission.