As the name suggests, this royalty, generated from the Public Display copyright, has to do with printed materials—lyrics, sheet music, tablature, etc. In today’s music business a lot of that activity is now happening on the internet.
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- The last source of publishing income is print royalties.…As the name suggests, this royalty,…generated from the public display copyright,…has to do with printed materials,…lyrics, sheet music, tablature, etc.…When music publishers like Hal Leonard…or Alfred Music Publishing create sheet music…or a company prints t-shirts with the lyrics on them,…they're required to pay a print royalty.…There is no government rate for this royalty.…It's a one-on-one negotiation.…If we're talking sheet music,…the royalty is usually 15% of retail price…and/or a one time fee for pressing.…
That's the old world though.…In today's music business, a lot of that activity…is now happening on the web.…Google any song and you'll immediately find dozens of sites…with song lyrics, sheet music, tablature available,…whatever you might need.…The use of music on these sites is yet another form…of public display, and the lyric sites, musician sites,…and even sites with avatars wearing virtual t-shirts…with song lyrics, yep, all of those count…
In this Insider's Guide to Today's Music Biz, Steve Rennie explains what you'll need to know about music publishing to turn your songs into money. He'll talk about copyrights and their value, and why music publishing is important to a successful artist's career.
He also talks about the main sources of publishing income: what they are, who pays, and how much you get. He explains the difference between performing rights organizations and music publishers and how to find and make publishing deals. Start with the first lesson, which explains how a dollar of publishing income is split between the songwriter and publisher.