How Music Publishing Works

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How Music Publishing WorksMusic publishing, songwriter royalties, and you

Music publishing is one of the least understood — and most important — aspects of the whole music business.

It’s how songwriters earn the bulk of their income; it’s how major label acts that perform original music can make money while they’re working to pay off their debt to the label; it’s how you can monetize your compositions and earn royalties for their usage on terrestrial radio, satellite and internet radio, TV, in live venues, and more. And yet few musicians, particularly independent musicians, have a good grasp on music publishing basics.

Want to learn more about music publishing, publishing royalties, and royalty collection for independent songwriters? Read on…

15 articles that will make you an expert in music publishing

1. What is Music Publishing?

2. Five Ways to Make Money in Music Publishing

3. Who Owns Your Music Publishing Rights, and How Does the Money Get Split?

4. What is a Performing Rights Organization?

5. Music Publishing Made Easy: the In-Depth CD Baby Pro Interview

6. Music Publishing Royalties Explained: What is a Mechanical Royalty?

7. Music Publishing Royalties Explained: What is a Performance Royalty?

8. What is a Musical Copyright?

9. Why Signing Up for ASCAP or BMI is NOT Enough

10. When Should I Pursue a Publishing Deal, and What Should I Expect?

11. Are You Getting Paid Everything You’re Owed from Spotify? 

12. How CD Baby Pro Collects Music Publishing Royalties from Spotify

13. How Artists Get Paid for Their Music

14. Introducing CD Baby Pro

15. Why You Need CD Baby Pro as an Independent Songwriter

Whew! That probably covers it — but if we forgot to mention anything regarding music publishing and how it relates to independent artists, let us know in the comments section below.

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