Music Publishing Pt 2 Why you need a publisher? www.musicstudentinfo.com Chris Baker
We will see:• What they do• Why its all about the song
Music Publishers What they do ? Collect money Publishing companies exist to administer the rights of songwriters and composers. They will collect mechanical and performance royalties when the songs are recorded or performed and pay them on to the composer. For this service they take a share of the money, according to the terms of the writers contract with them.
This is very similar to what the MCPS and PRS do This is similar to the functions that these two societies perform. In fact, this part of a publishers job is exactly the same. Most publishers are members of these societies and will use them to collect their clients money to some extent. That means they pay commission to them in the same way that you as a writer member would - and then deduct their own commission on top.
So if publishers are only collecting money through societies that you can join yourself, and charging you for it, why bother ?
Music Publishers Selling Songs• They will actively sell your songs.• They work to place your songs with major recording artists - something thats very hard to do on your own.• They will often pay you advances on your publishing royalties to keep you going until your career takes off.
Music Publishing Artist Development• Publishers deal with • They may be more songs rather than willing to help a writer recordings of them, develop creatively. which gives them a • That can be as simple rather different view of as giving you advice but the world from record it can extend to putting companies. you with co-writers to• They can afford to take a improve your song longer term approach to writing skills an artists career • Or paying for studio because they dont have time or touring costs. recording, manufacturing and marketing costs to recover.
Music Publishers Chasing Money 1• They will fulfill a function • You dont need a called royalty tracking - publisher to query making sure that youve payments with the been paid everything that collection societies but you are due. you may need some help keeping track of usage.
Music Publishers Chasing Money 2 If you cant spot potential errors, then you cant query them especially if your songs are being used heavily abroad. A collection society will simply pass on the money collected on your behalf. A major publisher will have a representative who will check that the money matches the likely usage of the song and chase it up if not. A smaller publisher will have an agreement with companies abroad - known as a sub-publisher - who will do this for them.
Music Publishing The Songs Importance• Most writers think of their songs as their offspring, so words like "exploiting" dont sit too comfortably but its by exploiting your rights as a creator - and therefore the original copyright owner - of music that you can make a tidy living as a musician.
Music Publishing The Real Money• The copyrights in songs After a group has fallen are where the real money apart the songs dont go in the music business away. lies. Spins on the radio & A share in a song that in clubs, gigs, ringtones becomes a classic and is and jukeboxes in pubs all always around on generate money for compilation albums and songwriters. the radio can set up a writer with a healthy income for life.
Songwriter A Sustained Career• The writing talent remains, too.• Many writers carry on creating songs for others to perform long after the spotlight has gone off to point at someone else.
Performers as Writers•Most writers start off as writer-performers.•Weve had lots of quite successful writers thatstarted off in bands that went astray. If you getdropped by a record company and cant get anotherdeal, thats it. Youre over as a recording artist.•Whereas as far as were concerned, if your careeras a performing artist ends, that doesnt necessarilymean your career as a writer has ended.”