Publishing

ISWC

By Nick Landis on Tuesday Aug, 14th 2018

The International Standard Musical Work Code, or ISWC, is a unique identifier for musical works. Like the ISRC is for recordings and the ISNI is for people, the ISWC helps identify and disambiguate musical works. Along with being a unique identifier, the ISWC is also permanent and an internationally recognized ISO reference number for the identification of musical works.

Crash Course on Music Publishing – Part 4

By Carlos Alvarez on Monday Jan, 23rd 2012
In part I of this article I left out one exclusive right under Copyright law. . . on purpose of course.  It is Digital Audio Transmission. Basically referring to the new online & Satellite transmission of recordings, specifically, STREAMING (streaming audio, subscription-based entities).  Examples: Pandora Radio, Sirius/XM, Spotify, etc. .

Crash Course on Music Publishing – Part 3

By Carlos Alvarez on Monday Dec, 5th 2011

Before I continue, I wanted to mention briefly that I was just recently asked by a reader of this article of when should a writer expect to be paid his/her royalties.  The music publishing industry works on a quarterly basis when it comes to getting paid.  So for all royalties generated by the use of the song, the music publishers will receive royalty payments every quarter.

Crash Course on Music Publishing - Part 1

By Carlos Alvarez on Monday Jul, 18th 2011
In my years as a music publisher I’ve had the honor of working with hit-songwriters to beginning songwriters, singer-songwriters and musician-songwriters.  Many of them have shared with me their journey and stories of dealing with music publishers, recording artists, record label executives, and their statements of mis-information and even worse. . . stories of unpaid royalties.