What Musician should know about Copyright | influencive Media
Music publishing? What does that have to do with the music you make and how it’s published, artists might ask. Well folks - in a word: royalties! Royalty payments are what authors of songs get from their publisher when they sing or play instruments on recordings that use one of these melodies as part of some recording session data (lyrics). The more performances sold by an author during any given time within which his/her composition is being played.
The music publishing industry is a complicated one. It's made up of many different services, but at its core, it revolves around songwriters and copyrights - when the music gets used commercially (whether sold or licensed), the writer deserves royalties as well. A company can offer these for both new songs written by their clients in addition to managing all those pesky legal details. Like protecting your work from unlicensed usage by others who might try claiming ownership too soon after you've put pen-to-paper.
Influencive Media is often the first stop for any artist looking to get their music heard by an audience. We can provide opportunities in both film and TV scoring, as well as ads or video games licensing- all based on what's best for your rights!
The creative teams in our office take active roles when it comes to setting up co-write agreements so that more of those successes will come through them instead of just sitting stagnant waiting around unsure if anyone wants anything from you because there isn't really anywhere else available right now.
Recording And Compositions: What’s the Difference in Copyright?
Songwriters should keep in mind that each song they write and record, exists as both a composition (tune, lyrics) or sound recording known as simply 'master'. The two properties have rights - meaning those who own them can decide who uses them and how.
The original owner of the music, artist A owns both their sound recording and composition. If another person records a cover version with different lyrics then they only own rights to that particular rendition rather than owning any other variations on how it can be performed or recorded.
How Did Music Publishing Start?
In the late 1800s, the Tin Pan Alley in New York City housed an eclectic group of publishers who communicated with each other because they all worked on popular music outside religious or classical genres. In this era, the method of music sale was entirely different and ancient (think: sheet music) but the impact it has on how present-day artists and publishers carry out their business is profound.
In a world where music is everywhere, it's easy to forget that not everyone has access to or the means for owning and listening. This especially goes when you're an artist who wants your work heard but doesn't have any financial resources at your disposal. This can make things difficult if there are issues regarding how revenue from digital consumption (streaming/downloads) gets collected by distributors as well as whom these distributors owe money to once they've received payment.
Performance Rights Organizers (PROs)
The Performance Rights Organizations (PRO) help copyright owners to collect royalties earned through performances. They are scattered globally and are designed so that songwriters, composers, or artists will be paid locally where they're from no matter what country it is in which their music was performed.
Performance royalties are an important source of revenue for music creators. They can be earned by performing your composition publicly, such as through live performances or recorded creations that get streamed online.
Who’s Going to Collect the Royalties?
Publishing administration is the job of making sure that music publishing earnings are accounted for and paid out properly. The role includes everything from earning royalties owed to compositions, collecting them on behalf of songwriters (and oftentimes representing these same interests), before distributing funds accordingly once an artist or label has been compensated appropriately by their own respective agreements with writers' societies like SESAC or BMI; ensuring all proper payments get made.
If you decide to opt for Influencive Media for music publishing services, we handle the registration, accounts, and fetch all the royalties on your behalf. You get to own 90% of the royalties collected by us.
Sync licensing is a complicated process that can be difficult to understand for those not in the industry. The act of permitting the use of your composition and/or sound recording in a television show, commercial, or movie (or other audiovisual formats) will require you to obtain synchronization rights from either copyright owner representing him/her--there's no fixed rate because it depends on several factors such as value associated with using original version versus remake; budget requested by a requester, etc.
Sometimes, a company will want to use an original song in their commercials but they don't actually need the rights. In these cases, it is best practice for them just get permission from whoever owns copyright instead of wasting time and money trying to catch up on what's already been done by another artist or band.
To get your music heard by a TV show or film, it’s important that you have an understanding of how the industry works. Music publishing companies are great places for this because they specialize in exploiting compositions represented by their organization while holding strong relationships with those overseeing media projects like films and ads (the ones who pick what songs will play).
Independent artists should not be discouraged from pursuing sync licensing opportunities, even if they have a lower value. For music supervisors who may not know your song or album yet but are looking for new talent to use in their promotion campaigns- placing some of these lesser-known tracks on an upcoming project can really help them stand out!
These are just some of the basics covered in the deep world of music publishing. This is enough to get you started while the rest you will learn along the way. You can also hire our services based on the benefits we provide: especially to budding and indie artists.