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I am going to break this down to the most basics levels so please forgive me if you feel like I am treating you like idiots, but again I can not express how important this actually is in making money in the publishing business.

What happens is that everyone gets in a studio and creates a hit record and it is not released for several months after it was recorded. The label will not start sending publishing statements for an estimated 9months after the commercial release of the song so it could be as many as 18 months since the songs was recorded. At this point everyone involved will not really remember who did what that night in the studio cause everybody was throwing out ideas and maybe even drinking or smoking. So it is hard to go back and complete songs sheets, hence the reason I say complete them during the recording session so everyone agrees.

A song is broken down into a 100%. This one hundred percent represents the percentage that is going to be split between all writers of lyrics and often melodies and a composer/producer or group of composers who created the music whether it is original or sampled.

Then the publishers share is also equal to 100% which is broken down between all the writers and composer/producers publishing companies.

So let’s look at the first basic split of 200% which would be one writer and one composer with no samples. You would divide the song evenly down the middle 50/50 %. Now the percentage would be further broken down between writers and publishers but still equaling 100% for the writers and composers/producers and 100% for the publishers. Lets assume in this case that neither writers (lyrics and music) have a publishing deal and have created there own publishing company.

Example#1:

Tom Williams wrote the lyrics and has his own publishing company (Williams Publishing Group)

Steve Jones wrote the music and has his own publishing company (Jones Music Group)

This is what the splits would look like:

Song Title: TBD

Writers:

Tom Williams -50%

Steve Jones -50%

Publishers:

Williams Publishing Group -50%

Jones Music Group -50%

Total of 200%

Example #2

Tom Williams wrote the lyrics and has his own publishing company (Williams Publishing Group)

Steve Jones wrote the music with his partner Mike Jones, but they have joint ownership in the publishing company (Jones Music Group) This is what the splits would look like:

Song Title: TBD

Writers:

Tom Williams – 50%

Steve Jones – 25%

Mike Jones – 25%

Publishers:

Williams Publishing Group – 50%

Jones Music Group – 50%

Total of 200%

Example #3

Tom Williams wrote the lyrics for the verses of the song and has his own publishing company (Williams Publishing Group) but the hook was written by David Frost who has his own publishing company (Frost Bite Music)

Steve Jones wrote the music with his partner Mike Jones, but they have joint ownership in the publishing company (Jones Music Group) This is what the splits would look like:

Song Title: TBD

Writers:

Tom Williams – 37.5%

David Frost – 12.5%

Steve Jones – 25%

Mike Jones – 25%

Publishers:

Williams Publishing Group – 37.5%

Frost Bite Music – 12.5%

Jones Music Group – 50%

Total of 200%

Now this scenario could always have minor changes because Tom Williams and David Frost need to agree on the percentages that they both feel represented there equal share of what the other person wrote on the song. Some people break the songs percentage down by how many bars you wrote; others split percentages equally no matter what. Some writers feel that he hook is the main part of the song and want a larger percentage. This can also be true with the composer/producers because depending on who did what instrumentation on the song. Maybe one of the composers only did a horn section and would mean a lesser percent if any at all cause they could be a work for hire. So again this is something that needs to be determined while everyone involved in the song creation is present cause as I mentioned above it gets really difficult to remember 18 months later.

EXAMPLE #4

Rap group New Age Mafia writes a song there are three rappers (Harry Allen, Marcus Little & Paul Davis), in the group and all write there own verse and the composer/producer (Mike Jones) does the hook. The members of New Age Mafia all have publishing deals with different major publishers (Harry Allen – Universal Music Publishing, Marcus Little – Sony/ATV & Paul Davis – Bug Music). The composer/producer doesn’t use a sample and owns his owns publishing Jones Music Group. This is generally what the splits should look like.

Song Title: TBD

Writers:

Harry Allen – 12.5%

Marcus Little – 12.5%

Paul Davis – 12.5%

Mike Jones – 62.5 %

Publisher:

Universal Music Publishing – 12.5%

Sony/ATV Publishing – 12.5%

Bug Music – 12.5%

Jones Music Group – 62.5%

Total of 200%

EXAMPLE #5

Rapper Large Joe (Joe Johnson & Cartagena Music Publishing/Jellys Jam LLC) writes a record that was composed/produced by Andy Hendrick (Hendricks Music Publishing) and the song use’s a Luther Vandross sample and Mr Vandross and his publishing company (EMI April Music/Uncle Ronnie’s Music) charges 85% of the writers and publishers share of the publishing. So generally the songwriter and composer of the new song will split the percentage left over that was not taken by the original writer and publisher.. Also Joe Johnson and Luther Vandross both have major publishing deals. So the following is a break down of the publishing splits.

Writers:

Luther Vandross – 85%

Andy Hendrick – 7.5%

Joe Johnson – 7.5%

Publisher:

EMI April Music – 42.5%

Uncle Ronnie’s Music Company – 42.5%

Hendricks Music Pubishing – 7.5%

Jelly Jams LLC – 3.75%

Cartagena Music – 3.75%

Total of 200%

As you can see from the five different Publishing 101 Blogs, Publishing can be very difficult but made simple by taking a few extra minutes to fill out the proper paper work making sure everyone involved in the creation of the songs gets the correct percentages based on there pertisipation on the song.

Marc Smilow

Thanks for taking a minute to read my Blog, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me anytime at expert@newindustrytips.com

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