Songtrust is a 1-stop shop for global publishing administration.
Songtrust is a global publishing administrator that collects your performance, mechanical, and YouTube composition royalties, and offers a suite of other advanced tools for handling your publishing catalog. Songtrust's main focus is the registration and collection of publishing royalties.
CD Baby is, first-and-foremost, a distribution service that also offers additional publishing services for clients who sign up for CD Baby Pro. The main difference is that CD Baby requires you to use their distribution services in order to get publishing administration, whereas Songtrust does not offer distribution services.
Fun fact: Songtrust is CD Baby's partner in publishing administration. This means that Songtrust works together with CD Baby to offer the CD Baby Pro service (Please note that, as a result of this partnership, some pay sources or collection societies outside the U.S. may list Songtrust instead of CD Baby as the publishing administrator).
While Songtrust and CD Baby Pro are partners, these are separate publishing companies and songwriters may only register songs in either Songtrust or CD Baby Pro, but never both (doing so would send those songs into publishing conflict, thus freezing your royalty collection).
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Interested in learning more? Check out our blog post on the 10 Ten Reasons You Need Songtrust.
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