Music + Tech Special: Publishing Administration/Copyright/Royalties

“Independent songwriters and even professional songwriters need to think like they are their own publisher.” — Robert Clement, Songspace

[caption id="attachment_202259" align="aligncenter" width="900"] The Songspace team. (Top row, l to r) Roman Alvarado, Robert Clement. (Bottom row, l to r) Clint Daniel, Molly Balies, Challey Legg, Sally, Chris Igoe, Per Ohrstrom, Darren Briggs. Photo courtesy Songspace[/caption] Keeping track of one’s song catalog, proper royalty payouts, songwriting splits, etc., is a job so taxing it can send even the most obsessive data hound to the madhouse. Fortunately, these apps and services can do the lion’s share of the work for you. Songtrust ( Named a Billboard magazine Top 10 Music Start-Up, Songtrust is a cloud-based music publishing royalty collection service that offers assistance to songwriters, publishers and others who own or administer musical compositions, collecting royalties on more than 1 million copyrights for over 100,000 songwriters and 15,000 publishers. In addition to writers and publishers, Songtrust’s clients include B2B partners like The Orchard and CD Baby. Songtrust provides an advanced and effective technology platform that helps simplify music rights management, including the administration of music publishing assets, performing rights, and digital licensing. Among other services, Songtrust helps international touring artists collect performance royalties for their international gigs through its setlists tool, which saves copies of every setlist and searches YouTube…

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