Learning how music publishing companies work is absolutely essential if you want to make money in music.

Failing to learn about music publishing could cost you a career’s worth of royalties.
Music publishing companies handle a lot of the jobs that you as an indie artist should be doing yourself right now.

It’s the same scenario as record labels.

They want to see you handling your business successfully and then they’ll step in and take over.

Primarily, publishers manage the administrative end of your music, like registering copyrights, auditing record companies and licensees, negotiating licenses, and sometimes collecting money from license sources.

Music publishing companies can also help sell your songs to a singer or set them up to be used on TV shows or movies, and ensure you get paid for it.

Getting your song recorded and released by a major artist could mean major bucks.

Adele’s song, “Someone Like You” has earned over $883,000 just in song royalties.

Music Publishing Companies vs. Performance Rights Orgs

In a nutshell:

Music publishing companies help you legally register your songs and get them distributed or sold, both nationally and internationally.

Performance rights organizations ensure that you get paid whenever your songs are performed or broadcasted, and provide you with work environment benefits like insurance, education, professional discounts, and so on.

Both publishing companies and performance rights organizations focus on protecting your music and ensuring you get paid for its use.

How to Get Started Publishing Your Music

We put together the Ultimate Beginners Guide to Music Publishing.

Go grab that for free and start making money with your music.

How GigFaster Can Help

Once you’ve created your awesome songs, you may need help getting it out there, and that’s where GigFaster can help.

We have a built-in network of over 6,000 venues, music promoters, and record labels. We can help you distribute your press kit and book gigs in cities all around the country.

We also have low monthly pricing, and even offer a free trial to help you get started.

Remember, if you want to succeed, never quit!


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Craig Kelley

About Craig Kelley

Craig helps indie artists book more gigs, promote their music and submit to record labels @ GigFaster and GigFaster University . His latest release is his 7th album, Not So Blue. His band has supported Grammy artists including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Rick Derringer, Gary Hoey, Joan Jett, Fuel and many more. http://craigkelley.com He is also the host of The 5 Minute Podcast For Musicians.

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