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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • Songwriters: If you write songs and you are looking to turn your songwriting into a career, this course is for you
  • Anyone with little experience writing music, but an interest in the industry should explore this course – there is a lot of industry information to get you started

What you’ll learn: 

  • Making money with your music!
  • Publishing basics
  • Setting up Publishing as an Independent Artist
  • Cashing in on Publishing
  • Performing Rights
  • Performing Rights Organizations
  • Mechanical Licenses
  • Harry Fox Agency
  • Synchronization Rights (Sync Rights)
  • Dramatic Rights (Grand Rights)
  • Publisher Responsibilities


  • Students who have some music already written will benefit the most from this class. No matter what state the song is in, you are probably ready to publish it and get paid for performing it.
  • No music degree, notation, or technical skills are required.

Welcome to the “Musician’s Guide” Series!

This series is pulled directly from the courses I’ve created for my university position in Music Business. All of these courses are designed for the everyday musician – amateur or professional – who has little or no knowledge on the topic, but wants to master it.

This class is all about Publishing and Performing Rights, which is to say: This class is about getting paid for your music.

In this class, we start with defining “music publishing” – it is a big topic and has nothing to do with publishing books. Then, I’ll walk you through how to set yourself up as a publisher so you can take advantage of the performing rights organizations that pay the publisher half of your earnings. I’ll walk you through every step of the process and explain the logic behind every concept.

The goal of this class is for you to start getting the money that you are owed for your music.

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned how to set yourself up as a music publisher.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Get started today and learn more about publishing and performing rights.

Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Introduction And Overview
Introduction 00:00:00
What We Are Covering Here 00:00:00
Tools You Will Need For This Class 00:00:00
Disclaimer: I Am Not A Lawyer 00:00:00
Section 2 - What Is Publishing?
Publishing: Not Just For Books Anymore! 00:00:00
Musicians As Publishers 00:00:00
Co-Publishers 00:00:00
Cashing In On Publishing 00:00:00
Section 3 - Performing Rights Organizations
The History Of The PRO 00:00:00
What They Do 00:00:00
What Is Public 00:00:00
How The PRO Gets Paid 00:00:00
How Does The PRO Know About You? 00:00:00
ASCAP Vs. BMI Vs. SESAC 00:00:00
How You Get Paid 00:00:00
The Publisher’s Cut 00:00:00
Inside The ASCAP Website 00:00:00
Back To Death Cab For Cutie 00:00:00
Section 4 - Mechanical Licenses
The Player Piano 00:00:00
Publishers And Mechanical Licenses 00:00:00
Two Methods For Obtaining A License 00:00:00
The Harry Fox Agency 00:00:00
Rates 00:00:00
For The Writer 00:00:00
Section 5 - Synchronization And Dramatic Rights
Silent Movies 00:00:00
How To Get A Sync License 00:00:00
Dramatic Rights 00:00:00
All The Rights 00:00:00
Section 6 - Publisher Responsibilities
Setting Up An LLC 00:00:00
Administer Licenses 00:00:00
Promote The Song 00:00:00
Licensing Opportunities 00:00:00
Section 7 - Wrap Up
What Comes Next? 00:00:00
Thanks For Watching 00:00:00
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