Music Publishers in today’s techno world actually link up songwriters with recording artists and get music recorded, rather than actually put music into print form as do the "music print publishers” of today. Music Publishers aim to create hit records that generate sales and to gain airplay through promotional efforts. Music Publishers promote, collect royalties and make payments, get the music and songs of writers into commercials and movies, and take care of copyright registration and legal issues that affect songs, songwriters, and music.
But beware the songshark! We’ve all seen the ads. Songsharks charge naïve songwriters fees for demos, arranging music, auditions, and reviews that legitimate Music Publishers would provide at no charge to singers and songwriters.
Legitimate Music Publishers sometimes become producers and managers of bands and singers, though this can produce a conflict of interest and result in difficulties for the artists involved with them. Established musicians often become their own Music Publishers and handle recording and copyrighting without outside assistance. Staffing these companies must be done carefully so as not to enter into legal problems with ownership, sales, royalties, and issues that can plague and break artists.
Good Music Publishers take care to cultivate strong, positive communications between entities – themselves and their artists, their dealers, and consumers. It is the business of Music Publishers to support and protect artists by keeping abreast of laws, decisions, regulations, and technology that can affect the music industry, to protect intellectual property rights, to aid in communications, and to do their level best to provide solutions to issues that arise.
Musicians and songwriters should seek out well-established Music Publishers that have demonstrated without flaw that their interests in the art and the artist is their main priority.
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