Co-Publishing Agreement Songwriter

Before continuing, it is important to understand that for every song you create, the royalties (win) split is divided into two: 50% is known as the author`s share, and the other 50% is known as “publisher share”. (Many songwriters who want to keep the 50% of the publisher`s share create and register their own publisher) On the co-publishing side of things… Not only does the songwriter attribute some of the copyright, but he does not always end up in the publisher`s interest. Not all songs are taken into account or invested, and you could get stuck in such an agreement until the publisher decides to invest time and money in your compositions. Yes, if you receive an advance, you must recover before making more revenue. This type of deal is different from most traditional publishing stores and is generally more advantageous for a songwriter. This is because the agreement makes available to the author the total share of songwriters as well as a percentage of the “publisher`s share” in the composition. This means that the author could potentially have 100% of the songwriter`s share and 50% of the publishing share in a song. If we look at the total distribution of the song, it means that the author receives 100% of the “author`s share” of the publishing revenues, which represents 50% of the total revenue of the song in the title of the edition, as well as 50% of the publishing`s share in the publishing revenues, which represents 50% of the other publishing revenue generated by the performance of the song. Therefore, the writer will earn 75% of the income instead of 50%. As you can see, a co-publication agreement is essentially a bank credit with 25% interest.

And depending on the influence you`re getting into the agreement, you may need to give this publishing house full control of these songs in the long run (although you keep 50% of the publisher). Sometimes you can go back to a reversion clause where you can take back control of your 50% or maybe even the entire 100%, but that`s a factor in your leverage and your lawyer. So go with care and with experienced advice. Following our article “Publishing Deals vs. Record Deals”, we wanted to return to a theme that is currently popular with songwriters and independent artists: Publishing Deals. In situations where the songwriter and music publisher want a more elaborate relationship, a co-publication arrangement may be appropriate. A major difference between an administrative “deal” and a co-publishing “deal” is that the music publisher and the author can, in a co-publication agreement, support the copyrights on the compositions.

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