What is music publishing?
Music publishing is the management of copyrighted music that gets used commercially. This can be done independently or through utilising the services of a Publisher at an agency. When utilising a Publicist – via a Record Label or Public Relations (PR) agency – a dedicated publisher is responsible for things like the collection of royalties, the public use of music made by the artists they represent and finding clients licensing opportunities.
Still unclear? Visit AMPRA AMCOS for an in-depth explainer.
What is music licensing?
Indie Music Academy defines music licensing as “when a copyright holder (you the artist) grants the right to use [their] work publicly, and in return receives payment via a flat fee and/or royalties based on an agreed contract.” There are a range of different types of license, the most common for music use being:
Synchronisation (Sync Licenses): for when your music is “synced” with visual media such as advertisements and film, and
Mechanical Licenses: when a song is being reproduced, such as for a cover.
If you wish to apply for a music license in Australia, the governing body providing them is APRA AMCOS. If someone wishes to use your music, they will need to obtain the relevant music license to ensure you receive payment.
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