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Publishing

Recording Covers and Mechanical Licenses

The compulsory mechanical license is a mechanism that allows anyone to record and distribute your composition (or allow you to make a cover of someone else’s work). There are several requirements and conditions that you need to know about regarding…

What are the Types of Music Royalties?

Being a musician is not as simple as writing a song, recording an album, selling it, and getting money from your sales. It’s vital that you understand what kinds of royalty streams are out there as an independent musician trying…

What are Neighboring Rights?

“Neighboring rights,” sometimes called “related rights,” is a term in copyright law used to describe the rights of performers and master recording owners (record labels). Neighboring rights refer to the right to publicly perform, or broadcast, a sound recording. The…

Forgotten Revenue Streams for Musicians & Record Labels

Being a musician in today’s music industry not only requires musical talent, but also a quick-thinking and creative mindset. There are many ways that musicians can earn money from exploiting their compositions, sound recordings, live performances, and brand. To solely…

How can I increase my chances of earning royalties from my PRO?

In our article “What Kinds of Royalties Are Involved in Music Publishing,” we discussed one of the two main types of music publishing royalties: Performance royalties. As you already know, as a songwriter, you collect your performance royalties directly from…

What are Mechanical Royalties in Music?

Mechanical royalties are an absolutely vital source of income for the independent artist who writes his/her own songs. What are mechanical royalties? Mechanical royalties are earned per-unit when a song is sold on a “mechanically reproduced” physical medium (think vinyl,…

What Kinds of Royalties Are Involved in Music Publishing?

So you know there are $$ royalties $$ associated with publishing. But just what kind of royalties are there involved in publishing, and which ones does Symphonic Publishing Administration collect? And how can you know if you’re earning those royalties…

How Does Publishing Administration Help You?

In the music publishing world, royalty collection societies that collect publishing royalties are, unfortunately, rooted deeply in the ways of the past. The ways of the music industry’s past have dictated royalty collection for composers and songwriters such that independent…