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What is Music Publishing?

The business of music publishing is concerned with developing, protecting and valuing music compositions. The publishing business is diverse and demands a variety of skills. Music publishers play a vital role in the development of new music and in taking care of the business side, allowing composers and songwriters to concentrate on their creative work. A good publisher seeks out great music and great songwriters, and promotes their catalogues across a variety of platforms. A publisher manages the business exploitation of the catalogues (including the registration of works and the collection and onward payment of all due royalties) and generally seeks to protect and enhance the value of their works with passion and professional commitment.

What are Performing Rights Organizations and what do they do?

Performing Rights Organization (or PRO) helps songwriters and publishers get paid for the usage of their music by collecting one of the most important forms of publishing revenue: Performance Royalties. As a songwriter, composer or lyricist, you’re owed what is called a “Performance Royalty” any time your music is played on radio stations (terrestrial, satellite and Internet), used on TV shows or commercials or performed in live venues. Those Performance Royalties are paid by radio stations, venues and TV networks to PROs such as ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, SOCAN (in Canada) and more.

What if I’m already registered with a Performing Rights Organization like ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC?

As a composer, you should be registered with a PRO in your territory. If you are not, then we can help. In addition, you should seek a publisher who will help manage and exploit your catalog. This is where Sugo Music Group’s publishing divisions can help.

What if I already have a publishing company?

If you already have a publishing company, you need to ask, “What is it doing for me?” If the answer is “very little,” then you need to make a change. If you are a composer and the publisher (all in one) or if you are a music label that has publishing rights of your artists’ songs and want to generate more revenues, then please contact us, and we’ll set you up the right way!

Do I retain rights to my music?

Yes, all composers under a publishing agreement with Sugo Music Group will retain 100% rights of their music. Period.

Do I need to do anything once I sign up for your publishing services?

No. We make music publishing easy for labels and independent songwriters. You’ll know longer need worry about figuring this out for yourself and whether your songs are correctly registered worldwide, relevant to your public performance and syncopation rights.

What do you mean by public performance rights or performing rights?

Permission to publicly perform a song must be obtained from the copyright holder or a collective rights organization. In the United States, broadcasters can pay for their use of music in one of two ways: they can obtain permission/license directly from the music’s copyright owner (usually the publisher), or they can obtain a license from ASCAP, BMI and SESAC to use all of the music in their repertoires. ASCAP, BMI and SESAC are the three performing rights societies in the U.S. and once they receive payment from the broadcasters they are responsible for compensating the music authors and publisher. Nearly every professional composer, songwriter, lyricist and publisher should be a member of a performing rights society because the income received from these societies should be a major source of their income.

Why do I need Sugo Music Group publishing?

We provide music labels and independent songwriters the ability to collect worldwide publishing royalties. This enables you to make the most money from your music, relevant to your performance rights. For songwriters that do not have a publisher, the collection of publishing royalties is unnerving, costly, and time-intensive. With Sugo Music Group’s global network of collection agencies, we’ve done all the hard work for you. We’ll first assist in affiliating and registering you with a Performing Rights Organization and register your songs with foreign collection agencies around the world; and we’ll pay you the sogwriting royalties you’re owed. Even if you’re already affiliated with PRO, and/or have your own publishing company, we can help you make more money from your music.

Is your company similar to a Performing Rights Organization?

No, we are not a Performing Rights Organization. We provide publishing services to collect songwriting royalties on behalf of songwriters. These royalties include performance royalties paid by PRO’s as well as mechanical royalties from the sale of your downloads on sites like iTunes.

Do you take any of my composer royalties?

No, we do not. In fact, our business is to protect and increase your composer royalties that you should be earning through your performing rights such as film, TV, streams, downloads, commercials and other business uses. Our share comes from the publisher’s portion only.

Can I join your publishing company if I’m already a writer with ASCAP, BMI or SESAC?

Yes. Sugo Music Group acts only as your publisher, meaning we will support your existing songwriter affiliation with ASCAP, BMI or SESAC. Please keep in mind that your writer’s share of public performance royalties will always be sent to you directly by your PRO that you are registered with.

Can I join if I already have a publishing deal?

When you join Sugo Music Group publishing (optional), you’re entering into an exclusive publishing agreement. If you have an existing publishing deal, it is possible that we will consider a co=publishing arrangement. Please contact us for further information on this.

Can I join if I write music with others?

Yes, of course. Just provide us with the names and songwriting splits of any co-writers. We’ll do the rest to ensure your portion of the songs are protected and monetized.

Will you collect royalties for my co-writers?

Yes, if they wish. Typically for songs that are co-written, we recommend that we represent all writers relevant to publishing services and opportunities. This is not mandatory, yet it generally makes licensing opportunities easier to secure.

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