To quote the first paragraph of our introduction to our book Music, Money and Success: The Insider`s Guide To Making Money In The Music Business: “In today`s world of technological change and constant innovation, changing revenue streams, global concentration of record and music stores, the importance of social networking sites and the evolution of the distribution of music models , it is more important than ever that the songwriter, composer, music publisher, recording artist and record company have the practical, commercial and legal knowledge necessary to succeed and exist in the music industry. In simple terms, knowledge of how this company works is essential to earn a living through music and to succeed. A music publishing agreement is the bridge between artistic and commercial interests. If you are a songwriter, singer or band, you will want to make sure that you are not one of the artists who will lose in the future. If you are a manager, you should earn your bread and butter, and if you are a publisher, you should pay your investment. Make sure the agreement is beneficial to both parties. A music publishing contract usually includes a down payment as well as royalty payment terms. There are several ways to structure royalty payments, so you should agree in advance on the terms. Before signing, determine whether the arrangement gives the publisher exclusive rights to market and sell music and whether it applies to a set of work or all compositions created over a period of time. You should also set a deadline for the contract. Other names for this document: Music Publishing Contract Traditionally, music publishers have acted in the same way as book publishers and have printed and sold copies of the compositions in the form of notes. However, with the advent of the grammophone disc and the appearance of mechanical royalties (the royalty calculated by the copyright holder in a musical composition for the right to reproduce this composition “mechanically” on a disc) to record compositions and collect these funds, the main work of most publishers has become.