Previous FM Winners

Open Mic Music Competition

What is Music Publishing?

What is music publishing and their roles?

 what is music publishing

What is music publishing? Understanding what is music publishing can help a songwriter to get more out of their music. Music publishers are also known as a publishing company. They make sure artists and songwriters get paid royalties every time their compositions (songs) are used commercially. 

What is Music Publishing?

Through an agreement called a ‘publishing contract’, an artist/composer assigns the copyright of their recordings to the publisher for which they will take a cut of what they collect. The company then:

  • Licence compositions.
  • Monitors when and where a composition is used.
  • Collect any royalties to give to the artist. The publisher takes a percentage of the amount to cover its services.
  • Promote commissions for the artists’ compositions to be used by: films, television, advertisements and other recording artists. They also seek out newer ventures to promote the music to, such as ringtones for phones.
  • They take action on anyone using the music without the necessary licence.

Knowing what is music publishing can help songwriters to understand the importance of copyright. The copyrights to compositions are one of the most important forms of intellectual property in the music business. The publishing company’s role is to manage this asset!

What is Music Publishing – How do Royalties work?

Knowing what is music publishing helps to understand how royalties work for songwriters. After agreeing to a publishing contract, the publishing company will collect various kinds of royalties. They may pay the artist an advance up front if they can see there is royalties to collect and then take a percentage of the royalties, sometimes as much as up to 50%, but it's usually around 20%. There are a few kinds of royalties:

  • Mechanical Royalties - these are from the sales of recorded music, such as CD’s and digital downloads. Record companies pay these to the publishers.
  • Performance Royalties – these are collected by performance rights organisations such as BMI or PRS. Radio stations and others who broadcast recorded music pay these.
  • Synchronization Royalties - these are paid when a composition is played in a film or in a TV show.

What is Music Publishing? – Recording Songs

Publishers also take songs by songwriters and give them to suitable recording artists to perform. They also try to get them included on film and TV soundtracks. They handle copyright registration and ownership issues for the artist. Music print publishers supervise the issue of songbooks and sheet music for the compositions of the artist. Again, royalties are paid for songwriting credits and through the books containing how to perform the artist’s compositions.

WHAT IS MUSIC PUBLISHING?

Check out our other useful tips and advice for songwriters below and check out our 2015 Songwriting Competition performance dates by clicking here.

Songwriting Tips – How to Write a Chorus

Song Writers - Working with other Song Writers

Songwriting Tips

  • GUITAR TECHNIQUES


    GUITAR TECHNIQUES

    Guitar techniques on using dynamics.

    Guitar Techniques: Knowing how to use guitar techniques and dynamics is essential to performers as these can help to spice up your playing, and also your songwriting. Using guitar techniques …

    Read More...
  • SONG STRUCTURE FOR SONGWRITERS


    Song Structure for Songwriters 

    Song structure tips help you to focus your song effectively

     

    Song Structure for Songwriters: So you want to write a hit song? Deciding upon your song structure is one of the most important judgments to …

    Read More...
  • MUSICAL DYNAMICS


    MUSICAL DYNAMICS

    Varying musical dynamics whilst singing

     

    Musical Dynamics: Tips on how a songwriter can use musical dynamics to enhance their performance. Musical dynamics are a tool that all singers can use to prevent their performance …

    Read More...
  • PERFORMING SONG COVERS


    PERFORMING SONG COVERS

    How to perform song covers originally

     

    Performing Song Covers: If you are struggling for inspiration to write songs, you may consider choosing song covers instead. This is obviously a big risk to take, so before you …

    Read More...
  • PLANNING A MUSIC EVENT


    PLANNING A MUSIC EVENT

    Planning a music event before, during and after.

     

    Planning a Music Event: Promotion is one of the most important factors of a music event. Knowing how to successful promote when planning a music event is essential for …

    Read More...
  • GUITAR PLAYING - WARM UPS


    GUITAR PLAYING - WARM UPS

    Information about guitar playing warm ups 

     

    Guitar Playing Warm Ups: The most underrated part of playing but perhaps one of the most crucial is guitar warm up. Carrying out a guitar playing warm ups routine …

    Read More...
  • TIPS ON PLAYING GUITAR


    TIPS ON PLAYING GUITAR

    Tips to help you when performing and playing guitar

     

    Tips on Playing Guitar: Playing guitar whilst performing can throw off even the most experienced of performers so you will maybe have to have the mindset as if you& …

    Read More...

Songwriting Feedback

  • MANCHESTER SONGWRITING COMPETITION


    MANCHESTER SONGWRITING COMPETITION

    Songwriters came to showcase their songs at the Manchester Songwriting Competition

    Manchester Songwriting Competition: Songwriters from the Manchester came to performance in front of industry judges this …

    Read More...
  • SONGWRITING TIPS – GRAND FINAL FEEDBACK


    SONGWRITING TIPS – GRAND FINAL FEEDBACK

    Songwriting Tips from the Winners Songwriting Competition Grand Final.

    Songwriting Tips: Future Music’s Songwriting Competition Grand Final took place this weekend at the world-renowned music …

    Read More...
  • SONGWRITING CONTEST– GRAND FINAL FEEDBACK


    SONGWRITING CONTEST– GRAND FINAL FEEDBACK

    2015 Songwriting Contest Feedback from the Runners Up Songwriters Grand Final.

    Songwriting Contest: Future Music’s Songwriting Contest Grand Final took place this weekend at the world- …

    Read More...
  • READING UK SONGWRITING CONTEST


    READING UK SONGWRITING CONTEST

    Songwriter's feedback provided at the Reading UK Songwriting Contest

    Reading UK Songwriting Contest: Future Music’s songwriting competition came to Sub89 in Reading this weekend for the Reading UK songwriting …

    Read More...
  • SOUTHAMPTON SONGWRITING CONTEST


    SOUTHAMPTON SONGWRITING CONTEST

    Songwriter's feedback is provided at the Southampton songwriting contest

    Southampton Songwriting Contest: Talented songwriters came to The Engine Rooms in Southampton this weekend for the Southampton songwriting …

    Read More...
  • MANCHESTER SONGWRITING CONTEST


    MANCHESTER SONGWRITING CONTEST

    Songwriters came to showcase their songs at the Manchester Songwriting Contest

    Manchester Songwriting Contest: Songwriters from the Manchester came to perform on stage this weekend to showcase their songwriting …

    Read More...
  • SHEFFIELD SONGWRITING CONTEST


    SHEFFIELD SONGWRITING CONTEST

    Feedback was provided for songwriter’s at the Sheffield Songwriting Contest

    Sheffield Songwriting Contest: The best songwriters in the Sheffield area came to perform at the Sheffield Songwriting Contest. The …

    Read More...

Songwriting Contest News

  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN LIVERPOOL


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN LIVERPOOL

    The largest search for UK songwriters comes to Liverpool.

    UK Songwriting Contest in Liverpool: The largest search for UK songwriters is coming to Liverpool. The UK Songwriting Contest in Liverpool is a brand …

    Read More...
  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN READING


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN READING

    Fancy showcasing your songwriting? Check out the brand new UK Songwriting Contest!

    UK Songwriting Contest in Reading: If you are a songwriter from Reading or around the area you should check out the new UK …

    Read More...
  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN MILTON KEYNES


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN MILTON KEYNES

    Calling all talented songwriters from Milton Keynes - The UK Songwriting Contest is looking for you!

    UK Songwriting Contest in Milton Keynes: The brand new UK Songwriting Contest is calling all talented …

    Read More...
  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN BRISTOL


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN BRISTOL

    The new UK Songwriting Contest is coming to Bristol.

    UK Songwriting Contest in Bristol: Future Music has launched a brand new UK Songwriting Contest and it is coming to Bristol. The UK Songwriting Contest in …

    Read More...
  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN SHEFFIELD


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN SHEFFIELD

    Future Music's brand new Songwriting Contest in Sheffield.

    UK Songwriting Contest in Sheffield: Future Music boasts an impressive list of established songwriters, and now they are looking to find the next best …

    Read More...
  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN SOUTHAMPTON


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN SOUTHAMPTON

    The largest UK Songwriting Contest comes to Southampton.

    UK Songwriting Contest in Southampton: The company behind the discovery of many of the best songwriters, Future Music, have produced a new Songwrting …

    Read More...
  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN BRIGHTON


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN BRIGHTON

    Want the chance to potentially get signed as a songwriter? Enter the UK Songwriting Contest in Brighton! 

    UK Songwriting Contest in Brighton: The brand new UK Songwriting Contest is in search for the best …

    Read More...
  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN NEWCASTLE


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN NEWCASTLE

    Get your songwriting heard at the UK Songwriting Contest in Newcastle!  

    UK Songwriting Contest in Newcastle: Future Music is responsible for discovering many of the best songwriters in the UK such as: …

    Read More...