Who is Considered an Outside Writer When Adding Songs to My Songtrust Account?

There are two types of writers whose information you’ll add.

You can have two different kinds of songwriters attached to any song you register with us. The first — and most important — is what we consider a client writer, aka the “Songtrust Writer” in your account. This is any writer you want Songtrust to handle the publishing for, whether it’s you or another writer whose rights you control. (We will administer works and collect royalties for any, and all, client writers within your account.) 

When you first sign up for Songtrust, you are automatically granted one songwriter credit. This is applied to your Songtrust Writer. You also have the option to purchase additional credits for any writer you want us to administer publishing for. You should only register works that your Songtrust Writer has a share in, as we do not collect or administer for any other writer within your account.

The other type of writer you may have in your account is an “Outside Writer.” This is anyone who has shares in the works you registered on behalf of your Songtrust Writer. However, we do not administer, register, or handle their publishing royalties. Even though we won’t be collecting for Outside Writers, the more information you can provide about them, the better, when it comes to registering your song with our partners.

For example, if you (a Songtrust client) wrote a song with a friend (a non-Songtrust client) and wanted us to administer your 50% share, you would register your song as follows:

 

Song Title: “My Song”

Writer One (Songtrust Writer, 50%): Songtrust will register my works with PROs and collect my publishing royalties. They act as my publisher and will show up as my publisher in PRO databases as well. 

Writer Two (Outside Writer, 50%): Songtrust does not handle her song registrations with PROs or publishing royalties whatsoever. She is only listed here because she owns a percentage of the song we wrote together

 

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