Basic Music Publishing

A large portion of income for an independent artist (rapper or musician) comes from publishing, of which there are multiple streams.  A song is broken into two shares—the writer’s share, which is the artist’s written share of ownership, and the publisher's share, which is the ownership of the composition.

Aug 1, 2017

Weekly Music Publishing Update: Friday, July 14, 2017

The talk of the music industry this week has been in regards to the “fake artists” that have been popping up in playlists all over Spotify. 

Jul 13, 2017

Weekly Music Publishing Update: Friday, June 23, 2017

At the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) Centennial Annual Meeting in New York this month, Sony/ATV CEO Martin Bandier was awarded the Life Service Award.  In his speech, he spoke about how songwriters and music publishers are not given their fair share of revenue and recognition in the wake of the streaming revolution.

Jun 22, 2017

Weekly Music Publishing Update: Friday, May 12, 2017

For the first time in more than a decade, the Grammy Awards will be returning to New York City for the airing of the 60th anniversary ceremony. The Grammy celebration had previously rotated its location in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, until 2004, when it resided in LA for the next 14 years.

May 11, 2017

Split Sheets: Collect Your Music Publishing Royalties

Musicians, producers, artists, songwriters, composers, and everyone in between have the opportunity to own publishing rights to their songs and collect royalties. Here is a quick and easy way to make sure that you get your share of the music publishing rights to the music you help create:

May 5, 2017

Weekly Music Publishing Update: Friday, April 28, 2017

Spotify has acquired Mediachain Labs, the core team behind the open source Mediachain protocol, to develop a decentralized network for sharing data critical to getting songwriters paid--in other words, a blockchain.

Apr 27, 2017

Weekly Music Publishing Update: Friday, April 21, 2017

ASCAP's 12th annual "I Create Music" Expo took place last week in Los Angeles.

Apr 20, 2017

International Spotlight: Canada

The Canadian music market offers great potential for American artists. As a largely English-speaking nation in such close proximity to the US, similar musical tastes and shared culture allow American artists to have continued success selling records, playing gigs and getting radio spins.

Apr 20, 2017

Weekly Music Publishing Update: Friday, April 14, 2017

There has been significant buzz around three of the world’s largest member-owned collection societies – ASCAP, SACEM, and PRS.

Apr 13, 2017