What's the Difference Between Songtrust and Kobalt Publishing?

Anyone who has released music can join Songtrust.

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. You don't need to meet any criteria to be able to join - anyone who has released music is free to sign up with Songtrust, 

Kobalt is a publishing administration service that offers traditional publishing deals on a selective basis, meaning they don't offer deals to just anyone. The deals they do offer include label services and collect neighboring rights in addition to performance and mechanical royalties. 


  • Pricing: One-time, $100 registration fee. You keep 85% of royalties earned around the world.
  • Royalty Collection Reach: 150+ countries and territories around the world, the largest collection network in the industry. 
  • Royalty Types: Mechanical and performance.
  • Barrier to Entry: None - anyone who has released music can become a client of Songtrust. 
  • Collects from YouTube: Yes.
  • Minimum Term Length: One year.
  • Pricing: No upfront fee, and the commission rates vary client-by-client.
  • Royalty Collection Reach: Undisclosed
  • Royalty Types: Mechanical, performance, and neighbouring rights.
  • Barrier to Entry: Yes. Kobalt is a traditional publisher who makes offers to clients on a selective basis.
  • Collects from YouTube: Yes. 
  • Minimum Term Length: Varies client-by-client.



Interested in learning more? Check out our blog post on the 10 Ten Reasons You Need Songtrust.


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