I have a friend who just signed a publishing contract. He is a writer… basically for another artist (in fact, he writes for a single artist, since the artist does not write and is on this market for 2 years or something like that …. The artist hasn`t done anything yet). We plan to open our own publishing house on a small level to help develop, write and record artists… We also have a recording studio. The question is – can my friend be separated from this new publishing company (50/50 in an LLC) although it is signed by another publishing house (it does not own… only signed because the artist for whom he writes)? Traditionally, music publishers act as book publishers and have printed and sold copies of the compositions in the form of notes. However, with the advent of the grammophone disc and the appearance of mechanical royalties (the royalty calculated by the copyright holder in a musical composition for the right to reproduce this composition „mechanically“ on a disc) to record compositions and collect these funds, the main work of most publishers has become. Then, film and television and publishers began to look for new sources of revenue, leaving the compositions they controlled to be used in sync with moving images („Syncs“) for recording in film and television programs and in advertising.
Now, the publishing house will manage via the MCPS-PRS alliance the right to „make available“ which deals with the use of compositions online. As a general rule, the proceeds from the publication of the performances of a song are divided in the same half between the release of the publishers and the part of Writer. The whole cake represents the total turnover of the musical editions for the performances. If you never sign any form of publishing contract, as a songwriter, you get 100% of the revenue and publishing rights, which means you get the full cake above. Although the idea has been in place for seven years, it is only since May 2015 that the Unison Benevolent Fund – a non-profit charitable organization that provides advisory and emergency services to the Canadian music community – is unable to include financial assistance in its mandate. Inspired by Jacksoul`s singer-songwriter Haydain Neale`s tragic motorcycle accident and then lung cancer, the editors of the Ferneyhough and Saxberg publishing house realized that there was no safety net for the independent music community and decided to make a difference. To quote the first paragraph of the introduction to our book Music, Money and Success: The Insider`s Guide To Making Money In The Music Business: „In today`s world of constant technological change and innovation, The evolution of revenue streams, the global concentration of record and music stores, the importance of social networking sites and the evolution of the dissemination of musical models are more important than ever for the songwriter, composer, music publisher, recording artist and record company to have the practical, commercial and legal knowledge necessary to succeed and exist in the music industry.“ In simple terms, knowledge of how this company works is essential to earn a living through music and to succeed. Do I get the same salary if I get 50% from authors and no publisher? Compared to 100% of publishing and 50% of authors? (7) „Sales contract: as part of this agreement, a music publisher acquires all or part of the catalogue of another music publishing house, which is in a way equivalent to a corporate merger. In this case, a „due diligence“ survey is conducted to determine the value of the catalogue.  Most contracts will have clearly identified it and exactly in the agreement, for many reasons, including the lack of interest that many have in paying a license with ambiguous fractions.
Many argue that songwriters must be careful to sign contracts with publishers who will not negotiate more than as banks – collect money from collection companies, maintain them for up to six months, and then pay it to the author-c