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  • Kawaski J. Nelson

What Is Music Publishing?

“Music publishing is the owning and exploiting of songs in the form of musical copyrights.”Randall Wixen, The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing



Music publishing is one of the least understood — and most important — aspects of the whole music business.


It’s how composers and songwriters earn most of their income; it’s how you can monetize your compositions and earn royalties for their usage on streaming services, terrestrial radio, satellite and internet radio, TV, film, and more. 


Want to learn more about music publishing, publishing royalties, and royalty collection for independent songwriters? Check out a few of my favorite books about the music business.