The Roadmap to Royalties
Routledge – 2008 – 188 pages
Music Publishing covers the basics of how a composition is copyrighted, published, and promoted. Publishing in the music business goes far beyond the physical sheet--it includes live performance and mechanical (recording) rights, and income streams from licensing deals of various kinds. A single song can generate over thirty different royalty streams, and a writer must know how these royalties are calculated and who controls the flow of the money.
Taking a practical approach, the authors -- one a successful music publisher and attorney, the other a songwriter and music business professor -- explain in simple terms the basic concept of copyright law as it pertains to compositions. Throughout, they give practical examples from "real world" situations that illuminate both potential pitfalls and possible upsides for the working composers.
Foreword 1. A Brief History of Music Publishing and Copyright Law 2. Revenue Streams, Sources of Income, and Licenses 3. Performing Rights 4. Publishing Companies 5. Publishing Deals 6. Independent Songwriters 7. Music in Film and Television 8. Music in Advertising and Production Music Libraries 9. Educational, Classical, Sheet Music, and Broadway 10. Foreign Publishing Revenue, Rights, and Deals 11. New Media, Technology, and Copyright 12. Legal Issues and Artist Representation 13. Music Organizations and Resources
Ron Sobel is an attorney and the founder/president of North Star Media, a music publishing administration and consulting company based in Studio City, California. NSM is actively engaged in representing writers and their catalogues to the film and television community. Sobel is a former Vice President of ASCAP, the leading society representing composers.
Dick Weissman is the most published American author on the music business. He has written four books about the music industry. He taught for twelve years in the Music & Entertainment Industry program at the University of Colorado at Denver, was VP for the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association, and has a long-term career as a studio musician, recording artist, songwriter and record producer. His book The Music Industry; Career Opportunities, Self Defense, is currently in its 4th edition.