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The New Songwriter's Guide to Music Publishing, 3rd Edition by Randy Poe

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Co-Publishing andAdministration Agreements

Co-publishing means exactly what the word implies: two or more publishers co-owning the rights to a particular song or group of songs. There are several different circumstances under which a song would be co-published.

For example, a successful songwriter may be offered a staff writer contract with a large advance in exchange for splitting the publisher’s share with the established publisher who is offering the deal. In other words, the established publisher will own 50 percent of the publisher’s share of income (as opposed to 100 percent) and will allow the writer to own the remaining 50 percent of the publisher’s share (along with 100 percent of the writer’s share). This type of agreement is ...

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