In the music industry, a music publisher (or publishing company) is responsible for ensuring
the songwriters and composers receive payment when their compositions are used commercially. Through an agreement
called a publishing contract, a songwriter or composer "assigns" the copyright of their composition to a publishing
company. In return, the company licenses compositions, helps monitor where compositions are used, collects
royalties and distributes them to the composers. They also secure commissions for music and promote existing
compositions to recording artists, film and television.
In music publishing it's all about songwriters, the underlying musical work + lyrics. As opposed to the sound
recording of that work (the master).
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For Publishing Contracts, go to the Music Contracts page.