What is Music Publishing?

Music publishing is a crucial aspect of the music industry that involves the management of musical compositions and their associated rights. Contrary to what the term might suggest, it extends far beyond the act of printing sheet music.

At its core, music publishing encompasses various activities, such as licensing, royalty collection, and the protection of intellectual property. Here's a breakdown of key components:

  • Licensing: Music publishers secure licenses for the use of compositions in various mediums. This includes granting permission for songs to be recorded, performed, or used in films, TV shows, advertisements, and other commercial projects
  • Royalty Collection: Publishers play a pivotal role in ensuring that songwriters and composers receive compensation for the use of their work. This involves tracking where and how the music is used and collecting royalties from these uses.
  • Rights Management: Music publishing involves safeguarding the rights associated with a composition. This includes copyright protection, which ensures that the creators are acknowledged and compensated for their work.
  • Exploitation of Intellectual Property: Publishers actively seek opportunities to generate revenue from musical compositions. This could involve getting songs placed in movies, TV shows, and commercials, or covered by other artists.
  • Administration: Publishers handle the administrative tasks related to the business side of music, including negotiating contracts, managing licenses, and handling the distribution of royalties to the rightful owners.
  • Promotion and A&R: While more commonly associated with record labels, some music publishers also engage in artist and repertoire (A&R) activities, scouting new talent and providing support to songwriters and artists.

In essence, music publishing serves as the bridge between the creative side of music—the songwriters and composers—and the commercial side, ensuring that their work is not only protected but also monetized effectively. It's a complex but vital component of the music ecosystem, supporting the sustainability and growth of the industry.

Global Music Publishing Market Overview

Music Publishing Market size was valued at USD 5.96 Billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 9.35 Billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 5.90% from 2021 to 2028.

Over the last 5 years, the music industry has gone through a revolution. The rise in popularity of music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora has led to a fall in sales of physical music. As the increasing number of artists and musicians require the personal service provided by music publishers to help them manage their music, copyrights, and other things; the demand for music publishers is high. Furthermore, the media industry has also done well in recent years owing to consumers shifting towards digital platforms.

Additionally, consumers have started avoiding pirated music and started paying for it and this spending has led to increased revenue streams for the entertainment industry.

Why publish your music with YUME?

When you publish a song with YUME, you are getting your music in front of a global audience. On top of getting your work published on over a hundred music streaming, download, and social platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and TikTok, we are also allowing you to be heard by thousands of ready listeners on our platform and get all the tools that you need to promote and showcase your music.

Discover how we ensure every YUME artist achieves worldwide success through YUME’s music ecosystem.

Traditional Publishing: a Quick Overview

Music publishing is essentially the structure of ownership of a song - along with this is how a song is protected, distributed, licensed, commercialized, and in the simplest terms, sold.

When you create and record a song, you create two types of copyright:

  • for the creation of the music composition and/or lyrics, and
  • for the recording, which is the “master” copy of the song.

Artists that publish a song in the traditional way (via a publisher and a record label) tend to create deals that will “split” their shares with the copyright that they create to be able to sell their music. Publishing companies will have shared ownership with the copyright to composition in exchange for the service they provide, which includes promoting, licensing music so they can be used commercially, monitoring where songs are performed, and collecting royalties. Record labels, on the other hand, tend to own the recording copyright, because they finance the recording and do major legwork on making sure that artists gain enough exposure and build a robust fanbase.

In short, traditional publishing takes most of the strain off the artist’s back when it comes to making their songs heard, but with a huge cost. With publishers and labels having ownership of an artist’s copyright, they will want to squeeze as much profit to get a return out of their investment. Some artists experience having to fulfill lengthy contracts, receive remarkably low royalty rates, and even go through loans that they will never be able to repay.

Is it possible for you to release your music as an independent artist and get more control over your music? Yes, but with a caveat - it will take double or triple the effort to get your music out there, compared to having access to resources that publishers and labels provide.

This is what YUME aims to disrupt, by introducing a model that will finally make the industry rewarding for both musicians and listeners.

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How YUME Changes the Music Publishing Landscape

YUME understands that the music industry is a venture in which fans and listeners are its major stakeholders. This is why fans and listeners deserve to get a more rewarding experience - a share in the billion-dollar music streaming industry.

YUME empowers fans and listeners by rewarding every task fulfilled on our streaming platform - each time they listen to music published on YUME or watch a video, they get points that they can convert into raffle tickets or other prizes. YUME has also built a robust affiliate program that allows its members to enjoy multiple revenue streams. This effectively makes listening to music, a previously paid experience, a source of income.

This will be a game-changer for independent artists - not only do they get an instant boost for their streams, but they also get to publish their music in an instant fan-generating platform that rewards their listeners for every engagement. On top of its streaming platform, YUME also publishes artist tracks on hundreds of other streaming platforms, including major players such as Spotify, Deezer, YouTube Music, and TikTok, maximizing the presence of every release.

Beyond Streaming

YUME is also not just a streaming platform designed for your latest track to be organically discovered - it is a complete ecosystem that provides all the tools a music artist needs to succeed. Get the chance to be part of YUME’s global campaigns, build up your artist profiles with dedicated branding managers, and get insights on how your tracks perform so you can plan your career better.

Ready to go live?

We will amplify your presence with expert marketing campaigns - get ready to be the front act of an international sensation or be the main act of your major first concert, with world-class event organizers and providers supporting your shows.

Welcome to your dream, now made a reality.

Embark on a Musical Odyssey!

Ready to take your musical journey to unprecedented heights? Yume eagerly extends an invitation for you to express your interest in becoming part of our dynamic community, entrusting us with the meticulous management of your music.

Whether you're a visionary artist, a skilled songwriter, or an impassioned music enthusiast, Yume opens its doors to a world where your passion isn't just acknowledged; it's celebrated, and your talent isn't just seen; it's given the recognition it rightfully deserves.

Take the leap and join Yume, where every note, every melody, and every beat contributes to something extraordinary. Your music isn't just a composition; it's a vital part of a collective symphony that resonates within our vibrant community. Let Yume be the stage where your musical aspirations unfold into something truly exceptional!