Understanding publishing agreements

When you credit a writer on a song, you can also assign a publishing agreement to add more detailed information about the writer and his or her publishers. 

Publishing agreements help you manage information related to contractual relationships between songwriters, publishers, and publishing administrators. This type of information is important to how music is registered and licensed, and how royalties are paid out. 

Publishing agreements are set up to be flexible and allow even the most advanced music publishers to keep catalog data up-to-date as contracts with writers and publishers change or expire. 

But don't worry. If you're just looking to reference basic publishing information for yourself or the people you write with regularly, they'll work for you too.

Anatomy of a publishing agreement

When you open the details view of an agreement, you'll see three sections: Details & Publishers, Song List, and Settings. 

Agreement Details & Publishers

This section gives an overview, including information like the date range under which this agreement is active, the writer's legal name, Custom ID, their IPI, PRO affiliation, and a description of the agreement.

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Publishers

If there are publishers or administrators associated with an agreement they will be listed here.

Song List

The song list lets you know which songs within your catalog use this particular agreement. This is particularly useful if a writer has multiple agreements (perhaps a Schedule A, a contract option, etc.). 

Settings

Agreement settings let you know who has ownership of or edit access to the agreement. 

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