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    Soul Nana breaks it down on Publishing

    by Soul Nana
    posted Friday, 07 February 2014 01:09| 0 Comments

    Hey Chale! What's good?  It's your boy Soul Nana back with my "I Am Soul Blog".

    "It's been a long time since I left you without a dope blog that reps you!" 
Most Ghanaians know me from the legendary Hip Life group Soulatidoe and our smash hit "Kawanotomu" which revolutionized the direction of hip life today. Just incase you missed it or want to remember it click here.

    Today I want to start talking about something every Artist, Producer, Performer, and Songwriter should be concerned about: PUBLISHING.

    I have had conversations with many of Ghana's top producers and performers and to my surprise most are not concerned with publishing but just upfront money.  This inspired me to write about it here in my blog to help bring more awareness about something that is "Forever" money that your great great grand kids can still collect on your behalf when your long gone.

    What is Publishing?

    or Songwriters and Producers writing their own songs, publishing is where a lot of the money is in the music industry. The publishing money will go only to the person with the copyright for that song, so it may or may not go to the person actually singing the song.

    The best way to check this is, on most CDs, the name of the writer of the songs will appear below the title. Again, this name may or may not be someone connected directly to the band performing the song. Often times song writers will work for bands to help them with lyrics and music to play, but here again, the writer of the song is the owner of it and gets the copyrights to it, and thus the publishing money.

    One things to recognize is that copyrights are not the same as sound recordings. Someone can record a song and sell it to another band or company and then that particular company owns that recording, but they would not own the song.

    The original writer will always maintain the copyright for that particular song. The reason for this is, the publishing money is connected to the copyright, so the owner will be the only one making money off of the song itself.

    One of your biggest rights when you own a song is the right to prohibit performances.

    The performances must be public, but essentially no one is allowed to play your song without paying for it. Generally societies like BMI, SESAC and ASCAP will keep track of your song and money for you. Publishing companies will also depend on these places to keep tabs on their clients money.

    The reason is, it is simply too difficult for one person to track where and when your song will be played live, or on the radio. Once one of the big societies collects your money for you, they will make sure that you get it. This fee is also a decent way to make money, especially if you end up getting on a few top song lists.

    ublishing is the process of production and dissemination of literature, music, or information — the activity of making information available to the general public.

    In some cases, authors may be their own publishers, meaning: originators and developers of content also provide media to deliver and display the content for the same. Also, the word publisher can refer to the individual who leads a publishing company or imprint or to a person who owns a magazine.

    Traditionally, the term refers to the distribution of printed works such as books (the "book trade") and newspapers. With the advent of digital information systems and the Internet, the scope of publishing has expanded to include electronic resources, such as the electronic versions of books and periodicals, as well as micropublishing, websites, blogs, video game publishers and the like.

    In my next post we will continue to learn about publishing and how to leverage publishing, collect royalties, talk publishing splits, etc.


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