Publishing

We are a music publishing company who specialize in rights management and support. Let us assist with pitching your music and collecting royalties on your behalf. Drop us an email at publishing@ufo-network.com with any questions you might have.

UFO Network Publishing are proud partners of 3tone Publishing and are a registered Swedish Publishing brand under STIM. We  investigate and collect unclaimed royalties which artists are owed worldwide. We also maximize royalties through our strong relationships with digital service providers, collection societies and by placing music on TV, film, commercials and video games. We pitch your music so that you can focus on production with ease. Let us do all the work while you focus on music!

As an all-encompassing company, we offer media productions existing music from our catalogue as well as bespoke music from our family of composers, session musicians and studio engineers. To complete our one-stop shop, we make sync licensing easy by offering both masters and publishing rights. For enquiries, please get in touch using the contact form or the email address above. We are always happy to answer any questions you might have? 

FAQ

Check out some of the most frequently asked ‘Music Publishing’ questions below. If we have missed something or things are still unclear, drop us an email and we would be more than happy to schedule a video meeting and talk you through the process.

Music publishing is the exploitation of a song’s composition copyright. The composition of a song is the lyrics and melody as written by one or more songwriters. This is an important distinction to make between the two types of copyright we covered in our Copyright 101 guide: the difference between the composition copyright and the sound recording copyright.

A music publisher is the business partner in a musical composition. A good music publisher has the knowledge and contacts to promote a composition. Typically a publisher enters into a songwriter/publisher agreement with the songwriter (also known as the producer, the vocalist / singer & the composer in EDM), whereby the songwriter assigns ownership and control of the copyright protected musical works to the publisher in exchange for a percentage of the income derived from the exploitation of the musical works. A music publisher cannot collect more than 50% of the performing right. A reputable publisher never charges a fee for his/her service. We at UFO Network collect a mere 30% for our service. Get in touch for more details.

A music publisher is responsible for:

  • The contractual acquisition of copyrights
  • The administration of the copyrights including the registration of copyright ownership
  • Issuing of licenses on request
  • Registering of works with copyright collectives such as SOCAN, CMRRA or SODRAQ to ensure and generate revenue
  • Distribution of reproduction rights royalties to the writers
  • Ensuring compensation of all usage of catalogue domestically and internationally

They may also be responsible for:

  • The creative exploitation of copyrights including song pitching for cover recordings
  • The placement of songs in film, television shows and commercials
  • Various ancillary uses including but not limited to ring-tones and merchandising

Songwriters / Producers / Composers can earn money from their compositions in a few different ways:

  • Performance royalties
  • Mechanical royalties
  • Sync licensing fees
  • Licenses for samples
  • Printing sheet music

Any time a song you composed is played in public – via a live performance or on the radio or through speakers at a restaurant, a gym, an office – that “performance” generates a corresponding performance royalty. These royalties are collected by the performing rights organization (PRO eg: STIM, PRS, BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, GMR) in which that performance took place.

A performing rights organization or writer’s society, also known as a PRO, is an agency whose job is to monitor radio airplay and live performances. They then pay royalties to the songwriters and publishers who claim ownership to the songs. PROs charge a blanket licensing fee for radio stations, venues and even restaurants for the rights to host performances of the songs in the PRO’s catalog. This fee is scaled to the size of the station or venue; the larger it is the more they pay the PRO. The PROs use that money to pay songwriters and publishers.

If you’re touring or performing shows locally or on radio, it’s always a good idea and common practice to register your setlist with your PRO. That’s performance revenue waiting for you, and all you need to do is enter some quick data. It is also never too late, if you have unregistered works that have been performed or played on radio, we are able to retrieve and claim for up to 2 years after the fact. Those royalties are not lost yet!

This question comes up a lot with new songwriters / Producers / Artists. Since we are located in Sweden, we have one main PRO called STIM. You would register with a PRO based on the location in which the work (song) was produced / composed or the location in which you are situated. Please see a list that we have put together for you below:

Argentina

  • SADAIC

Australia

  • Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA)
  • Australia Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA)

Austria

  • Autoren, Komponisten und Musikverleger (AKM)

Belgium

  • SABAM

Bolivia

  • Servicio Nacional de Propiedad Intellectual (SENAPI)

Brazil

  • ECAD (Escritório Central de Arrecadação e Distribuição)

Bulgaria

  • MUSICAUTHOR

Canada

  • SOCAN
  • Re:Sound
  • CMRRA

Chile

  • Sociedad Chilena del Derecho de Autor (SCD)

Colombia

  • SAYCO/ACINPRO

Croatia

  • HDS

Czech Republic

  • OSA

Denmark

  • KODA

Estonia

  • EAU

Finland

  • Teosto

France

  • Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (SACEM)

Georgia

  • SAS

Germany

  • Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische
  • Vervielfältigungsrechte (GEMA)

Greece

  • AEPI
  • GEA-GRAMMO, ERATO-APOLLON

Hong Kong

  • CASH

Hungary

  • ARTISJUS

India

  • The Indian Performing Right Society Ltd

Ireland

  • Irish Music Rights Organisation, Phonographic Performance
  • Ireland (PPI)

Israel

  • NOW

Italy

  • SIAE

Japan

  • JASRAC

Lithuania

  • LATGA-A

Malaysia

  • MACP

Mexico

  • SACM

Nepal

  • Music Royalty Collection Society Nepal (MRCSN)

Netherlands

  • BUMA

New Zealand

  • OPEN

Norway

  • TONE

Panama

  • SPAC

Peru

  • APDAYC

Philippines

  • FILSCAP

Poland

  • ZAIKS

Puerto Rico

  • ACEMLA

Romania

  • UCMR

Russia

  • RAO

Serbia

  • SOKOJ

Singapore

  • COMPASS

Slovakia

  • SOZA

South Africa

  • Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO)

South Korea

  • KOMCA, KOSCAP

Spain

  • SGAE

Sweden

  • We know

Switzerland

  • SUISA

Taiwan

  • MUST

Thailand

  • MCT

Trinidad and Tobago

  • COTT

Ukraine

  • UACRR

United Kingdom

  • PRS, PPL

United States

  • AllTrack
  • ASCAP
  • BMI
  • Global Music Rights
  • SESAC
  • SoundExchange

Uruguay

  • AGADU
    Venezuela SACVEN