What Is Music Publishing?
Music publishing is the business of protecting original compositions (songs) and collecting the income they earn. Music publishers register copyrights, negotiate licensing deals, collect royalties, and report to their clients. In a nutshell, they help composers get paid when others use their music.
Your Music Is a Business
As a songwriter, you are entitled to money every time your original content is used by someone else. It’s the law. You have an asset that can generate income. You have the legal right to the earnings. But it’s up to you to protect your asset and collect the money. In that sense, your music is a business. It makes money or it doesn’t. You decide.
Why Hire Easy Song?
Some songwriters and business owners love handling the accounting, negotiations, and back-office work of their music business. For everyone else, Easy Song makes protecting your songs and collecting your income a breeze. You handle the music making and we'll be your back-office. With Easy Song, you get the customer service you love from a company you can trust.
If you are registered with ASCAP or BMI, great! But you still might not be collecting all your royalties. That's because ASCAP and BMI collect only one type of royalty (public performance royalties) in only one country (the United States). Dozens of other agencies across the globe are collecting various types of royalties each time your songs are used. They need to locate you and that's where we can help. There's a whole world of royalties out there waiting, so start today.
What Are the Terms?
We keep 25% of the royalties we collect for you and you keep 75%. We realize it's not fun to give up a portion of your earnings. We hope you'll agree that this percentage is a fair sweet spot, lower than traditional publishing deal terms (35-50% + ownership of the works), yet allowing for the personal customer service and handling of custom licensing negotiations that are missing from slimmer publishing administration offerings.
As far as ownership is concerned, you maintain 100% ownership of your works and you are free to cancel anytime. That said, publishing administration is a deliberate process, akin to steering a large ship. After you sign up, we begin registering your works with dozens of agencies across the globe. This takes time and results can be subject to the pace of these agencies. Royalties begin flowing roughly 6-9 months after signup. Our accounting terms are 90 days. We hope you can appreciate this landscape and the effort that goes into worldwide reach and collections, be patient, and stick with us for at least a year. Learn more in the terms.
We register your works with the United States Copyright Office, and with hundreds of performing rights organizations and royalty collection agencies worldwide. You collect new royalties that you can't get from your PRO alone, including global performance royalties, global mechanical royalties, YouTube and TikTok income, and more. We monitor and report to you, and pay you quarterly.
Coming in 2022 we will help you list your music, lyrics, and audio recordings for licensing in the Easy Song Marketplace. There, you can make money by giving permission to use your music. We act as the one point of contact for all questions regarding your content. When sync, master, print, grand, and mechanical requests for your music come in, we handle them for you.
In essence, we keep an eye on your catalog and act as the "big brother" you can turn to whenever questions come up. Serving you is our top priority. We roll out the red-carpet and deliver an unprecedented level of customer service with passion and integrity.