Info-videoer om publishing

Den engelske musiforlægger organisation, MPA - Music Publishers Association - har lavet en række udemærkede og informative videoer om arbejdet som music publisher.

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MPA har også lavet nedenstående lille skriv, der i gode overordnende træk definerer det gode forlagsarbejde:

The business of music publishing is concerned with developing, protecting and valuing music. The business is diverse and demands a variety of skills. Music publishers play a vital role in the development of new music and in taking care of the business side, allowing composers and songwriters to concentrate on their creative work.

The MPA's definition of a good publisher

A good publisher seeks out great music and great composers and songwriters; supports composers and songwriters in the creative process; promotes their catalogues across a variety of platforms; manages the business exploitation of the catalogues (including the registration of works and the collection and onward payment of all due royalties); and generally seeks to protect and enhance the value of their works with passion and professional commitment.

What does a music publisher do?

The business is diverse and demands a variety of skills. The role of a music publisher involves:

Finding new and talented songwriters and composers and encouraging and supporting them as they develop their skills, whether through helping with their living expenses, providing them with the facilities they need to produce music or offering advice and guidance in writing for particular markets

Securing commissions for new works and helping to coordinate work flow

Registering the works of songwriters and composers with all appropriate collecting societies and agencies, eg PRS for Music in the UK

Producing demo recordings and, in the case of contemporary classical music, performance materials (score and parts etc);

Producing and licensing the production of printed music

Producing promotional materials, including sampler CDs, study scores, brochures etc

Promoting composers and songwriters and their music to performers, broadcasters, record companies and others who use music on a commercial basis, both nationally and internationally

Licensing the use of music, whether directly in the case of individual and special usages (eg synchronisation deals) or via the collecting society Network

Responding to new licensing opportunities that flow from technological developments
Monitoring and tracking the use of the music they own and ensuring that proper payment is made for all licensed uses

Making royalty payments to songwriters and composers in respect of the usage of their music
Taking appropriate action against anyone using music without the necessary licence

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