About Our Music Publishing Contracts

Music publishing contracts are used by publishing companies and songwriters to address rights to songs (lyrics and music). Publishing companies use music publishing co-publishing and songwriter agreements to contract with a songwriter to obtain the rights to their songs. Music publishing contracts are also used by publishers or songwriters to license the use of a song to third parties. Our experienced entertainment attorney drafts each of our music publishing agreements and regularly updates them to ensure that the contracts are current. You can learn more about the music publishing business by going to our Blog. If you have questions about our contracts, our knowledgeable staff is happy to help.

 
 
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MUSIC PUBLISHER CONTRACT PACKAGE

The contracts contained in this package are used to set up and run an independent publishing company. There are some contracts that will be used if the publishing company is affiliated with an independent record label.

 

CO-PUBLISHING AGREEMENT

The Co-Publishing Agreement is used by a publishing company to contract with a songwriter to acquire 50% of the copyrights to the song with the writer keeping 100% of the writer's share and sharing 50% of the publisher's share of the income with the publisher. 

 

CO-PUBLISHING AGREEMENT (RECORD COMPANY AFFILIATE)

The Co-Publishing Agreement is used by a publishing company affiliated with a record company to contract with a  songwriter who is also an artist signed to the label to acquire 50% of the copyrights to the song with the writer keeping 100% of the writer's share and sharing 50% of the publisher's share of the income with the publisher. 

 

COMPOSITION LICENSE FOR THEATRICAL PLAY

The Composition License For Theatrical Play is used by a theatrical producer, or creator, of a theatrical or musical play to contract with a songwriter, or the songwriter's publisher, to use a song in the play or musical.

 

MECHANICAL LICENSE

This Mechanical License is used when an artist or a record company on behalf of its recording artist wishes to record a song written by someone else (the cover song) for including on the recording artist's record for distribution and sale to the public.

 

MUSIC PUBLISHING AGREEMENT

This Music Publishing Contract is used by a publishing company to contract with a writer and acquire the copyrights to songs written by a writer during the term of the contract. The writer receives 100% of the writer's share of income and the publisher will receive 100% of the publisher's share of income.

 

MUSIC PUBLISHING AGREEMENT (RECORD COMPANY AFFILIATE)

The Publishing Agreement (Record Company Affiliate) is used by a publishing company affiliated with a record company to contract with a songwriter who is also an artist signed to the label to acquire  the copyrights to the song with the writer receiving 100% of the writer's share of the income and the publisher receiving 100% of the publisher share of the income.

 

The Parental Consent and Guarantee is a document that is used when a minor  (under the age of 18) is being signed to a contract and the contracting party wants a parent or guardian to provide both a consent for the minor to enter into the contract and an agreement to be liable for the performance of the contract.

 

PUBLISHING ADMINISTRATION AGREEMENT

The Publishing Administration Agreement is used by a by an individual or company to administrate the publishing of a songwriter.

 

PUBLISHING CATALOG ACQUISITION AGREEMENT

This Publishing Catalog Acquisition Agreement is used when an existing publishing company buys the catalog of a songwriter or publisher.

 

RELEASE AGREEMENT

This Release Agreement is a contract used when a publisher and songwriter agree to release each other from the obligations under a contract previously signed by both parties.

 

SINGLE SONG COLLABORATION AGREEMENT

The Single Song Collaboration Contract is used when a two or more songwriters agree in advance to write together to co-write a song.

 

SINGLE SONG PUBLISHING AGREEMENT

The Single Song Publishing Agreement is used when a publishing company and a writer agree to have the publishing company exploit and administrate the publishing to only one of the writer's songs. This can also be used by a publishing company that is affiliated with a record label. 

 

SONG PLUGGER AGREEMENT

The Song Plugger Agreement is used by a person who will shop a songwriter's songs to record labels, publishing companies, producers and artists or other third party users of songs for the songwriter.

 

SONGWRITER (COPYRIGHT) SPLIT SHEET

The Songwriter Split Sheet is a simple contract used when a two or more songwriters co-write a song and the songwriters want to acknowledge the co-ownership and list the percentages of ownership. 

 

SYNCHRONIZATION LICENSE

The Synchronization License is used by a film, video or television producer to contract with a songwriter or the songwriter's publisher to use a song in a film, video, music video, television program, or television advertisement whereby the song is synchronized to the action on the screen.