What is a Printed Music Publisher?

They specialize in sheet music.

A music publisher’s main investment is intellectual property — songs when they are played, performed, copied, or heard. Another form of way songs are exploited is sheet music.

Not every music publisher produces its own sheet music. Most will sub-license those rights to third parties who specialize in producing sheet music and songbooks. These companies are known as printed music publishers, or print publishers.

Most print publishers are also music publishers, but only a few music publishers are also print publishers. 

You can learn more about printed music royalties generated by sheet music sales here.


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