FAQ - How much does it cost to set up a publishing company?

Each performing rights organization has its own fees for setting up a publishing company and many impose an annual charge or collect annual dues. BMI, for example, charges a one-time fee of $150 for individually owned publishing companies and $250 for partnerships, corporations (including sole stockholder corporations) and limited liability companies.

Member Comments

Posted by dorian on 2004-11-23 at 9:16:43 pm

even if you set up a publishing company, what are the advantages, and also wouldn’t be better to split it with a another company if you are up and coming

Posted by Scott Williams on 2004-12-01 at 4:54:03 pm

I’ve been told that more publishing rights = more control over ones product.

Posted by michael white on 2005-01-14 at 11:28:05 pm

not necessarily more control is given by keeping your publishing all to yourself, unless you have the means to get placements of your songs on records that definately get on the charts, in movies, television etc. You can of course obtain this by hiring an reputable lawyer who is well connected and can get your songs to major artist who just love what you do. On the other hand if you don’t have that reach, a publishing deal may be the way go just as long as you remember everything is negotiable. It’s a catch 22, most companies won’t take a chance on signing you if you don’t have any money making power, and that’s where you have to network to get your work placed. Or better yet, if your a writer/artist/producer, do everything yourself, put the record out in small record stores, do like the rap cats do, sell it out of your trunk, primarily do some grassroots marketing and move units to get noticed. Once, noticed, they’ll come knocking your door down, or maybe just tap on it to see why your making so much noise.

Posted by Gary E. Andrews on 2013-12-15 at 6:50:05 am

You can register a publishing company with your state’s Secretary of State. There is a fee. When you register your song titles with a Performance Rights Organization you can state who the songwriter(s) is/are, and who the publisher is.

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