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Why Sign Your Song With a Music Publisher?
By Bill E Watson
The most common way to get your song to an artist such as Tim McGraw or Martina McBride is to sign with a music publisher. Once signed, a good publisher will explore every possible avenue for your song to earn income. This frees your time to write more songs. They will pitch the song to major artists, try to secure additional remakes by other artists, seek out foreign artists to record the song, try to place it in a movie, etc. Few songwriters have the connections a publisher has.
Besides freeing up your time there is another big reason to hand off the non-creative end of your business. Most artists who accept "outside material" (songs not written by them or someone in their camp, look for songs only from song publishers, not directly from songwriters.
And if you need a third reason, guess what? I have one! Once a song is recorded chances are it won't be a hit on the first try. A publisher will keep working that song to find additional artists to record it, place it in a movie or on television, and promote it in other countries. This process would overwhelm the average songwriter leaving no time for songwriting. Now that wouldn't be good, would it?
The publisher is both an agent for your song and also administrates the copyright: collects mechanical royalties (CD Sales), Performance royalties (jukebox, live band and radio play through B.M.I. and/or A.S.C.A.P.), and synch rights (television/movie use). It can be tedious work and a publisher has mechanisms in place that will likely result in a better job, And that means more bucks in your pocket.
Bill Watson is the owner of Nashville Trax Recording Studio http://www.nashvilletrax.com and Play It Again Demos http://www.playitagaindemos.com a demo production service for songwriters.
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