Resource

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Registering Songs

Songtrust Staff
Songtrust Staff on Mar 28, 2012

Kraftwerk enjoyed registering their songs while adorned in ultraviolet suits. 


mistakes registering songs music publishing

As soon as you've finished writing a song - and determined splits with any co-writers - your next port of call should be registering the song with a Performance Rights Organization (PRO). In the United States, songwriters can affiliate and register their songs with one of ASCAP, BMI or SESAC.

There's a few common mistakes that artists tend to make when registering songs. Ryan Brodhead (Manager of Performance Rights Administration for Songtrust) sees these all too often. Take heed of his lessons!

1. Be sure to list any and all performers of the song.

2. Be sure to list any and all writers and/or publishers with their correct shares.

3. Be sure to list any alternate titles.

4. Be sure your writer/publisher account has current contact information.

5. Make sure samples are licensed/cleared properly.

6. Avoid naming your songs anything that's hard to remember and not clear. E.g. Up 2 No Good Luv should be Up to No Good Love.

7. If you perform your songs live, report these using the various programs from ASCAP, BMI and SESAC.

If you'd prefer to leave this process to the experts, a publishing adminstrator can help.

For independent artists, Songtrust offers a seamless dashboard to register your songs with any US PRO. Moreover, we register your songs with the Harry Fox Agency (to collect mechanical and digital royalties), Music Reports (to collect digital royalties) and international societies - making sure you never miss out on any publishing royalties.

Related Articles

How To Get The Most Out of Your Tidal Account

Founded by Jay-Z and a select group of music all-stars, Tidal’s dedication to new music is evident in its Tidal Rising program. Each week, Tidal’s team of curators picks what it calls the highest quality releases to be featured in its monthly playlists and promoted on the service. But even without that extra push from Tidal, you’re still reaching out to a select group of music fans and audiophiles who know good music when they hear it. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your Tidal account.

Jan 17, 2019

The World of Music Publishing Royalties: Webinar Recap

Throughout November and December, we held a webinar series revolving around The World of Music Publishing Royalties. Over the course of five sessions, hosted by Songtrust's own Noelle Gambuti and Elizabeth McBride, Publishing Specialists, and various special guests, we dove into the major themes of music publishing royalties. We covered topics from the types of royalties your song can earn you to specialized royalties like YouTube and streaming royalties. The turnout was tremendous and those that attended asked a lot of excellent questions.

Dec 13, 2018

How to Get The Most Out of Your Soundcloud Account

Soundcloud has become a critical tool for any songwriter or musician who wants to reach an audience of potential fans – but it isn’t as easy to do as simply pushing a button. As the largest online music community, Soundcloud affords an independent music maker a significant platform, but one that’s crowded with thousands and thousands of other artists, too. Here are some important steps to keep in mind when using Soundcloud to make sure your work stands out and finds the receptive audience you want.

Dec 11, 2018