Signing with a Music Publisher Many composers and songwriters choose to sign with a music publisher to benefit from their services and in exchange give up a portion of their royalties by doing so. Last updated: 23 November 2020 There is a number of benefits to a music publishing contract, including: Advances based on future royalties Administration deals, where a writer has set up their own publishing company and uses a larger corporate publisher to administer catalogue and collect royalties Promotional assistance - the chance to get music placed with major recording artists Free demo time and help securing a record deal A good music publisher will also aggressively promote your compositions to film makers, television production companies and advertisers. What is negotiable in a publishing deal Length of contract How long a publisher holds the copyright to your songs Royalties and advances Accounting statements and your right of audit, so that you can accurately check statements Copyright and your moral rights, which allow you to claim ownership of your work and object to any distortion or modification to it How damages from copyright infringements are split, and reversion and determination clauses if the music publisher fails to exploit a song or goes bankrupt. Always seek advice from the MU before signing a music publishing contract to ensure that the agreement on offer is fair and comprehensive. For advice on negotiating the best deal for you, please contact you Regional Office.