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What is a Music Publisher?

A music publisher is a professional that is responsible for marketing and licensing the use of musical compositions. They work to secure opportunities for songwriters and composers to have their work recorded, performed, and used in various media, such as films, television shows, commercials, and video games.


What does a Music Publisher do?

A music publisher plays a crucial role in the music industry, working to promote and support the careers of songwriters and composers, and to secure opportunities for their songs to be heard by a wider audience. The role of a music publisher typically involves a wide range of tasks, including:

  • Discovering and signing songwriters and composers: Music publishers seek out and sign talented songwriters and composers, and work with them to develop their careers.

  • Marketing and promoting songs: Music publishers work to promote and market the songs in their catalog to potential buyers and licensees, such as record labels, music supervisors, and film and television producers.

  • Securing licenses and agreements: Music publishers negotiate and secure licenses and agreements for the use of their songs, and manage the royalty collection process to ensure that their songwriters and composers receive the appropriate payment for their work.

  • Administering copyright: Music publishers are responsible for administering and protecting the copyrights of the songs in their catalog, ensuring that they are used legally and that the songwriters and composers receive the proper compensation for their work.

  • Providing support and resources: Music publishers provide support and resources to their songwriters and composers, such as creative feedback, access to recording studios, and financial support for recording and marketing their work.

A day in the life of a music publisher can vary depending on the size and focus of the company, but typically involves a mix of administrative tasks and creative work. Here are some common activities that a music publisher might engage in on a typical day:

  • Reviewing new submissions: Checking and reviewing new song submissions from songwriters and composers to assess their potential for the catalog.

  • Negotiating licensing agreements: Negotiating and securing licensing agreements for the use of songs in their catalog, such as for film, television, commercials, and video games.

  • Marketing and promoting songs: Marketing and promoting songs in the catalog to potential buyers and licensees, and securing placement opportunities.

  • Communicating with songwriters and composers: Communicating with songwriters and composers to provide feedback, support, and resources to help them develop their careers.

  • Administering royalty payments: Managing the royalty collection process to ensure that songwriters and composers receive the appropriate payment for their work.

  • Attending industry events: Attending concerts, events, and industry conferences to network and build relationships with potential licensees, buyers, and other music industry professionals.

  • Handling administrative tasks: Performing administrative tasks such as accounting, contract management, and record keeping to maintain the company's operations.

This is just a general overview and each day can differ greatly depending on the projects and priorities of the publisher. The goal for most music publishers is to continuously find new ways to promote and support the careers of songwriters and composers and secure opportunities for their music to reach a wider audience.

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Why are we a great fit?

CherryHill fosters a culture of well rounded musicians, writers, composers, etc. We have a high standard of care to our creative endeavors and strive to meet our own standards. What does that mean for you? You won't be disappointed in the space we have created for genius to thrive. Book a consultation with us to get started!! Email us @

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