Song royalties don’t have to be a royal pain.
Whether you’re an independent songwriter or a large publishing house, you’ll find that our administrative services are intentionally tailored to make your life easier. No middlemen, no hassles, and no run-around…just simple line-by-line statements of song royalties and quarterly checks.
Music Administration Services
The administrative side of the music business can be incredibly complex. Registering and administering copyrights, negotiating licenses, tracking song usage and collecting payments for song royalties aren’t tasks that just anyone can (or should) do. But it’s what we do best at Words & Music.
- Create and maintain song files for all active titles
- Register copyrights and sound recordings with the Library of Congress
- Clear and/or index titles with the performing rights societies, review and maintain accurate registrations, submit cue sheets, handle counter claims and erroneous registrations
- Register and collect directly from SOCAN (Canada) and PRS (UK & Ireland)
- Submit song schedules and activity to foreign sub-publishers for collections
- Negotiate and execute all license types (no U.S. third party licensing agent utilized)
- Monitor and claim publishing for online videos (YouTube)
- Conduct line item audits on all source documents, ensuring that licensees are paying correct rates, reporting accurate units and paying for all licensed usages
- Render statements to client, and any designated royalty recipients under contract with client, on a quarterly basis
- Solicit compositions for film, TV and commercial placements worldwide
- Facilitate co-writing opportunities and artist collaborations
Admin & Publishing : FAQ's
Is Words & Music affiliated with Word Music? Read More
While we receive a number of calls asking for Word Music, Words & Music is indeed a separate company. We have no affiliation with Word Music but do enjoy sheet music as much as the next person.
How do I find out who controls or owns the copyright on a song? Read More
This can be quite the headache! For the most accurate information, you can search the Library of Congress website for participants. However, this is not always updated as quickly as you need it and also does not include contact information. Therefore, we recommend you search the PROs’ (ASCAP, BMI or SESAC) websites. Each has a search engine that will help guide you in the right direction.
How do I file a copyright? Read More
A quick visit to the Library of Congress website will tell you all the information you need to know in order to file a copyright – copyright.gov. For musical recordings, you will file a PA (written work) or SR (sound recording). The LOC website has forms to fill out and submit online.