Music is the lifeblood of the modern world. People listen to music every day, either through streaming radio, their personal radio station, or — increasingly often– online. There’s nothing quite like hearing your song on the radio or playing that one song for an audience that will go wild for it.
But getting that audience is more difficult than it seems. Music promotion can be time-consuming and expensive. There are plenty of ways to reach your audience without having to spend money to do it.
One of the best ways to promote your music is through music publishing. Many big-name singers have used music publishing as a way to get their works recognized, with varying degrees of success. Many people see music publishing as a way to make money out of thin air, but this hardly ever happens. If you really want to make money from your song, you will have to seek public performances or sell merchandise with your claim attached.
You will probably only make money from your song if you get somebody to perform it. You need to seek out somebody who wants to perform your song and trademark the song title, too. It’s a good idea to have a public performance clause in your contract with the given singer or band so that there is a possibility of losing money in case of a lawsuit.
How much money can you make from a song? Well, in some cases you can make more than $1 million from a sale of just one arrangement. And that’s just for one arrangement! If you have enough songs available, then there is no limit on how much money you can earn from selling the right versions of the same song over and over again.
There are several ways to secure the rights to your song. You could go straight to the publisher (artist’s label), or you could look for a songwriter who has written, recorded and published other songs. This may cost money upfront, but you will find it much easier to find publishers who will approve of your song if they like your work. Check your local music store every now and then– usually, singers’ labels will be looking for good new songs.
If you’re not getting anywhere with publishing, then there are still avenues that you can pursue without having to go through an agency. Many people think that going through a publisher means that they have no control over their own work. This is far from true. There are many instances where publishers have refused to deal with the song, due to the fact that the song had already been released by another publisher, or it didn’t have a publishing claim. However, you are allowed to back your claims up if your version is an authentic rendition of somebody else’s work.
You can also register your own copyright in most countries of the world. Although it takes time for this process to get started, registering a copyright is cheap and easy, and once registered you will retain full control over your work. Getting copyright will ensure that nobody can release an unauthorized version of your song without you getting paid for it.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you are performing live shows, you can sometimes sell merchandise with your claim attached. For example, there are cases where the songwriter will sell t-shirts or stickers that have the real title of the song on them. It pays to remember that every time somebody buys one of these items, they will be reminded of your work and look into who wrote it and who performed it first. If you want to increase your fan base and earn more money from your songs, then it pays to sell merchandise with a catchy phrase or title on it.