What sources of income come from music publishing?

Updated 1 year ago by Julian Cordero

The five most common forms of income that result from music publishing are: 

  • Mechanical Royalties: Every time a musical composition is reproduced (on vinyl, CD, MP3, etc). 
  • Performance Royalties: Every time a song is performed in “public”.
  • Synchronization Licenses: When a recording is used as the soundtrack for a TV show, commercial, video game, presentation, YouTube video, etc.
  • Sampling Licenses: When a portion of a sound recording is used by another artist for that artist’s work. 
  • Sheet Music Print Rights: Whenever a composition is duplicated in print form. 

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