5 Common Types of Music Publishing Deals All Songwriters Should Understand
Music publishing is something that many small artists don’t think about, and, to be honest, some of them don’t need to. If you're truly just starting out in music, focusing on getting the word out and racking up a good number of listens comes before delving too deeply into the complicated world of music publishing. Having said that, publishing is a very important (if less-than-sexy) part of the industry, and, if you’re successful enough or even just performing for any real length of time, you'll have to deal with it at some point.
Two things are important when venturing into music publishing: hiring a lawyer and understanding what’s going on. While you should be aware of who's handling your work and what's happening with it, you don’t have to go it alone. There are plenty of lawyers out there that can help navigate these contracts – for a fee, of course. Many deals for smaller artists can be routine and painless, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know the particulars or have help. [...]