How to Establish a Music Publishing House?

How to Establish a Music Publishing House?

Publishing works – Works to make money: labels in particular can integrate the publishing arm with little effort into your company and secure another financial pillar through a connected publisher. The administrative burden of managing publishing rights is limited by the increasing digitization, especially at the national level. Also, the bureaucratic and organizational effort during the actual foundation is manageable. A music publishing foundation is always connected with the membership in a copyright collection society (e.g. GEMA, ASCAP, PRS for Music)

The creation of a music publishing company does not require much:


Firstly, it is important to register the business (copy of the trade license must be submitted) and to complete the application for the GEMA for music publishers. Copies of the contracts with your authors are also to be submitted (this should be avoided, among other things) * and proof of the transfer of the admission fee (147.25 euros).

It is also important to know that GEMA has different forms of membership.

Probably the most complicated for many music publishers is the submission of the music notes in commercial print format (at least 2 works). Because not everyone has a music notation software or the time and the ability to use it for its transcriptions. In addition, GEMA also contains very specific models, such as so-called "commercial notes".
With the creator function, Soundnotation offers the possibility to conveniently create notes in the required commercial format at the click of a mouse.
Finally, if all documents and musical works are available, Gema finally sends a so-called authorization contract - after signature, you are an affiliate member.

* In addition, a distinction is made between authors and publishers. Authors are regarded as "creator of copyright-protected works within the meaning of the Copyright Act, namely composers, text writers and editors" (from: Homann, H.-J., 2007. Praxishandbuch Musikrecht: Ein Leitfaden für Musik- und Medienschaffende. Berlin. S. 87.)

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