What is Music Publishing?

Ownership and exploitation of one or more musical compositions.

Music publishing refers to the money you make from government mandated royalties that must be paid to you when other people or companies use music that you wrote and own at least part of the copyright for. Basic copyright law protects songwriters by giving them exclusive rights to grant or deny the reproduction, distribution, or performance of their original songs. 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 
  2. Mechanical Royalties 
  3. Sync Royalties
  4. Micro-Sync Royalties
  5. Printed Music Royalties

Interested in learning more? Check out our Music Publishing 101 webinar recap on the Songtrust blog. 


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