If you're a songwriter, it is important to know the different aspects of the music business and how they works, especially when it comes to publishing. If you don't really understand the role of a publisher and the advantages and disadvantages of working with a publisher, here's a very thorough article by Steve Rice, VP of Centricity Music Publishing, on his blog.
Steve has published the songs of some of the most successful and talented Christian artists and songwriters of all time, including Chris Tomlin, Switchfoot, Toby Mac, Newsboys, Andrae Crouch, Michael W. Smith, Hillsong United, Steven Curtis Chapman, Delirious, Matt Redman, Israel Houghton, Nichole Nordeman, Kari Jobe, Paul Baloche and hundreds more.
Contracts between songwriters and music publishers are negotiable, so all publishing contracts are not the same. However, there are standards and some basic elements, that run through all of them. This post will explore different types of deals and outline some of the basics of each.
In short, there are four types of deals between the music publisher and the songwriter which are most common:
1) the Single Song Agreement
2) the Exclusive Songwriter Agreement
3) the Co-Publishing Agreement
4) what I would call a Catalog Purchase Agreement.
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