General Questions

Who is a writer?
A writer is the author of all or part of a musical work, including a composer or lyricist. Also referred to as “songwriter.” Generally, the term “composer...
Fri, 25 Sep, 2020 at 2:21 PM
Who is a recording artist?
A recording artist performs a musical work that is recorded with the intent of releasing to the public. A recording artist may be one person, a group or b...
Fri, 25 Sep, 2020 at 3:38 PM
What is a musical work?
A musical work consists of the musical notes, melody and lyrics (if any) in a musical composition or song. It may be embodied in a sound recording, but th...
Fri, 25 Sep, 2020 at 2:22 PM
What is a sound recording?
A sound recording is the fixation of a series of musical, spoken or other sounds – a recorded performance.     Although a musical work is embodied w...
Fri, 25 Sep, 2020 at 2:22 PM
What is a music publisher?
A music publisher is a person or entity that controls how a musical work is used and monetized. They own the musical work copyright. Publishers promote th...
Fri, 25 Sep, 2020 at 2:22 PM
What is a publishing administrator?
A publishing administrator manages the music publisher’s copyright(s) and accounts for the income the copyright(s) earn. The administrator ensures the mus...
Fri, 25 Sep, 2020 at 3:38 PM
What is a self-administered songwriter?
A self-administered writer is someone who acts as music publisher, of the works they have created.     A writer may be fully or partially self-admi...
Tue, 2 Feb, 2021 at 11:15 AM
What is a digital service provider?
A digital service provider (DSP) is an entity that uses a technology platform to deliver sound recordings to consumers as streams or downloads. They recei...
Fri, 25 Sep, 2020 at 3:39 PM
What is a music distributor?
Music distributors are responsible for making sound recordings available to a consumer. They take care of ISRCs and licenses for sound recordings, and dis...
Fri, 25 Sep, 2020 at 3:40 PM
What is a PRO?
PRO stands for “Performing Rights Organization.” A PRO ensures that songwriters and publishers get paid for the use of their works by collecting exclusive...
Wed, 13 Jan, 2021 at 2:57 PM