The publishing industry – which represents songwriters and producers – is incredibly complex. It’s full of acronyms and different types of royalties, but knowing the business side of the industry is key to ensuring you’re properly credited and paid for your work. We want to help you break down the details to make sure you’re set up for success, so you can get back to doing what you do best: creating.
From CMOs to PROs, we spoke to some of our partners around the world to get their top tips for songwriters just starting out in the industry. With their help, we’ve compiled several resources and next steps to ensure everything is covered in the studio and in your earned royalties. Click on the links below to learn more about each of our partners and check out other resources for songwriters and producers at Outstanding.
Advice on songwriting splits and royalty opportunities from ASCAP’s Jody Klein
This performing rights organization (PRO) is led by songwriters, composers and publishers, who guide much of ASCAP’s work by helping songwriters as they build their works and their royalties. In this articlewe detail ASCAP’s top tips for beginning songwriters.
Want to maximize your royalties? Start with your song metadata with BMAT
Founded in Barcelona in 2006, BMAT exists in the space between rights holders – publishers, PROs and songwriters – and Spotify. BMAT’s technology helps to more accurately identify how many times a song is played and where royalties should be paid. Specifically, they use metadata provided by artists and songwriters on each track to make this process as efficient as possible. In this articlethe BMAT team discusses the importance of providing accurate metadata, how they want to continue to improve the process, and the surprising ways songwriter names can affect royalty checks.
More than royalties: BMI on how performing rights companies help budding songwriters grow
While PROs like BMI help songwriters regain royalties, they do so much more to support budding songwriters, including hosting networking events, offering educational resources, and simply providing career advice. . We spoke with Vice President of BMI Creation, Samantha Coxto find out how they support young songwriters who are still learning the ins and outs of the industry.
Collecting mechanical royalties can be tricky. The MLC is here to solve this problem
The Music Modernization Act (MMA) of 2018 allowed the US Copyright Office to create the MLC, a mechanical rights organization, to help modernize and facilitate the collection and payment of mechanical royalties in America – especially those from digital sources. like Spotify. We spoke with the MLC to help you understand how mechanical royalties work as it relates to audio streaming, what songwriters need to do to ensure they collect these royalties, and how the process can continue to improve.
Want to avoid lost royalties? Follow these important MMF tips
There are so many moving parts involved in the recording of a song, and songwriters are often unaware of the issues that arise and they miss the money owed to them. Understanding how songs are properly credited, listed, and saved can be daunting, but without the right process, those funds can go to waste. We spoke with Annabella Coldrick, CEO of Music Managers Forum (MMF), to discuss the vital role recording songs play and the steps songwriters should take to get paid first.
Top tips for songwriters from Martin Maguire of PRS for Music
In the UK, more than 160,000 songwriters, composers and publishers have turned to PRS (Performing Right Society) for Music, an organization that tracks the 30 million works registered with the band and helps translate listening in payments for its members. PRS also helps educate new and current writers, as well as support them through initiatives such as the PRS Foundation. In this articlePRS Manager of Support and Publisher Relations, Martin Maguire, explains how songwriters can benefit from PRS and offers advice for songwriters starting their careers.
Cécile Rap-Veber, CEO of Sacem, shares her tips for songwriters
The Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers (SACEM) is a collective management organization (OGC) based in France that plays an important role in the world. Sacem participates in the collection and distribution of royalties while ensuring the promotion and support of the 175,800 creators and nearly 7,000 publishers that it represents. For new or established songwriters, a CMO like SACEM provides the education, guidance and support needed to receive payment for their works. Learn more in our conversation with the CEO of SACEM.
STIM reveals the many ways a performing rights company can help songwriters’ careers
As a Sweden-based performing rights company, STIM works with local and global writers to get them paid for their work, while providing helpful resources like their studio in Stockholm. In this articleSTEM Artist Outreach Specialists discuss the importance of getting involved with a performing rights society, misconceptions surrounding copyright societies, and why you might consider joining a society outside your area.