Why is Songtrust Listed as Controlling all of My Publishing at My Performing Rights Organization (PRO) When I Thought You Only Take 15%?

Your PRO showing us as your publisher and controlling all of your publishing share (rather than just 15%) is completely normal and expected.

When you sign up with Songtrust you are giving us the right to handle your publishing on your behalf. This means that Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) and any other societies we work with begin to pay us your publishing royalties directly, directly, which we then allocate back to you through your Songtrust account minus our 15% commission fee.

Your PRO showing us as your publisher and controlling all, or 100%, of your publishing share (rather than just 15%) is completely normal and expected as it simply means that your PRO recognizes that, right now, Songtrust is handling your publishing royalties. This does not mean we have taken ownership of your publishing whatsoever - any money we get from your PRO or any other society on behalf of your publishing shares will get paid back to you via your Songtrust account, minus our 15% commission. In addition, if our agreement with you is ever terminated, 100% of your publishing rights will revert back to you, which means that Songtrust will be completely removed from all registrations at your PRO.

Unfortunately, there is no way for us to register your works without Songtrust being listed as your current publisher. This is because PROs and other parties need to know who currently handles the administration for that work. Again, this does not mean we have taken ownership of your publishing whatsoever, it just means as of right now your publishing royalties should be paid to Songtrust on your behalf.

 

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