[Editors Note: This is a re-posted blog from 2/10/14, originally written by Jacqueline Rosokoff. We've made some minor updates, but other than that, enjoy and be sure to visit our Publishing Administration page for more info!]
You put a lot of work into writing songs. And because these compositions form the foundation of your career, you want to make sure they’re being treated properly. A Publishing Administrator will represent your compositions and make sure you get all of the royalties owed to you from the use of your music around the world. By getting a publishing deal with TuneCore, you’ll get a top notch team on your side, fighting on your behalf and giving you opportunities to maximize your songwriter royalty collection.
Here’s how we’ll do it…
1. We collect all of your songwriter royalties from all over the world.
When your compositions are downloaded, streamed and used in other ways around the world, you generate worldwide royalties. And just because your song was streamed by a fan in Estonia doesn’t mean you shouldn’t receive each penny you’re owed. We’ll register your compositions with the societies and digital stores in over 60 countries and collect royalties for all revenue types relating to your compositions.
2. It’s easy as pie.
Royalty collection shouldn’t cause headaches. It’s an easy online sign-up process to get started working with TuneCore for publishing. We’ve also built the system so you can add as many compositions as you’d like, as often as you’d like, through your account. Plus, you can check on the registration status of your compositions and submit multiple new splits at the same time, once again, all through your TuneCore account.
3. A low price and fair terms.
Songwriters deserve a fair deal when it comes to music publishing, no question about that. With our publishing service, songwriters pay a one-time setup fee of only $75. You can add compositions at any point, at no extra cost. Also important to note, we charge a low commission of only 10% of the royalties we collect for you (or 20% of secured licensing placements pitched by our Creative team).
Plus, you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in a multi-year agreement. We know things change, and we’ve built our agreement to be year-to-year.
4. Your compositions, your rights.
You wrote the music, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have all of your rights. If you’re a TuneCore Music Publishing customer, you’ll maintain 100% ownerships of your copyrights.
5. We’ve got proof you’re owed songwriter royalties.
If you work with TuneCore for both publishing and distribution, you’ve got a big advantage: a built-in audit trail. Because we can see exactly how many times your music was downloaded and streamed, and exactly where these uses occurred, our Publishing Administration team knows exactly how much you’re owed, and they can prove it to the entities around the world who have your songwriter royalties. There’s no fooling us.
6. Maximize your earnings from your music.
One more reason to partner with TuneCore for both distribution and publishing: all of your distribution sales revenue and publishing royalty information will go into one place, your TuneCore account, making it easier to manage your business. And don’t forget, when you distribute your music so fans can download and stream it around the world, you’re generating more publishing royalties, which means you’re maximizing your earning potential.
7. Be part of the Sync & Master Licensing Database.
Synchronization Licensing can be an incredibly lucrative revenue stream for a songwriter. Because of this, we want to give all TuneCore songwriters the opportunity to have their compositions considered for use in film, TV, commercials and more. We’ve created the Sync & Master Licensing Database, available exclusively to Music Supervisors so they can search for music for their projects. Our in-house licensing and creative team also actively pitches compositions to industry tastemakers to get your music more exposure. If a Music Supervisor wants to use your music, our Creative team will negotiate all rights and fees on your behalf to make sure your composition is licensed legally, and at the most favorable terms. We’ve got your back.
8. Make money from your music on YouTube.
You earn money every time people use your composition in their YouTube videos and people watch videos of your music on your own YouTube channel. And if you’re a TuneCore Music Publishing customer, we’ll get you the royalties your composition generates. That’s because a YouTube video is a synchronization use, and that’s covered in a TuneCore publishing deal.
9. We work with Performing Rights Organizations, no conflict here.
Songwriters often ask us if being affiliated with a Performing Rights Organization (PRO) causes a conflict with our publishing service. The answer? Nope! It’s important to have both a PRO and a Publishing Administrator working on your behalf. We work together with SESAC, ASCAP, BMI, etc. to get you all of the songwriter royalties you’re owed.
10. We’ve got experience on our side.
You want a publishing administration you can trust. One that knows how the industry works, and how to make sure you get all that you’re owed. Our team has over 100 years of combined experience representing and servicing songwriters’ compositions worldwide. If you work with us, you can be sure we’re doing all we can to fight on your behalf.