Trevor A. Edwards Creative Page
The business of PUBLISHING is concerned with
developing, protecting and valueing music.
The business is diverse and demands a variety of
skills. These range
from the ability to spot writing talent and original music that is
likely to appeal to an audience, to ensuring that all uses of music are
properly licensed and paid for. Music publishers play a vital role in
the development of new music and in taking care of the business side,
allowing composers and songwriters to concentrate on their creative
The role of a music publisher involves:Finding new and talented songwriters and
encouraging and supporting them as they develop their skills, whether
through helping with opportunities for improvement, providing them with
facilities they need to produce music or offering advice and guidance
in writing for particular markets;
The business of publishing
is dependent upon there being a strong copyright framework in place.
The control of copyright enables a publisher to recover the investment
made in songwriters and composers and to ensure that they are rewarded
for their creative work. Without copyright there would be no financial
incentive for music publishers to invest in songwriters, composers and
works. This would be to the detriment of these creative people who
publishers to manage the business of exploiting musical works and
administering royalty payments.
The relationship between a music publisher and a
is supported by a publishing contract setting out the rights and
obligations of each to the other. Under these contracts songwriters and
composers assign the copyright of their music to the music publisher in
return for a commitment to promote, exploit and protect that music. The
publisher agrees to pay the songwriter/composer a percentage of any
income earned from such exploitation as royalties.
your music for use with television, film, advertising, websites, video
games and other multimedia will open up your listening audience,
provide revenue and introduce a degree of professionalism to your
career that attracts the notice of industry reps and A&R.
A music publisher should have:
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Updated: October 18, 2014
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