10 Things to Consider When Submitting Your Worship Song to a Publisher

First, let’s make sure we’re on the same page about what a music publisher does.

The term “publisher” can be confusing because it can refer to the owner of a song copyright as well as to a company that manufactures copies of music for sale—or both. For the purpose of this article, a publisher is a company that owns intellectual property that it wants to exploit.

When you compose an original song, you automatically own both the writer and the publisher “shares” of that property. If there is more than one writer, then the writer and publisher shares are allotted according to the percentage of contribution or by the agreement of the writers.

Songwriters often enter into a formal relationship with a music publisher whose responsibility is Continue reading “10 Things to Consider When Submitting Your Worship Song to a Publisher”

How Can I Find A Worship Music Publisher For My Songs (or Help Them Find Me)?

There are no easy answers to this one. But perhaps I can give you some information that will help you with your quest.

For a songwriter and publisher to generate income, a song must be embodied on a recording that is sold, streamed or licensed. Over the past twenty years, the number of songwriters, artists and albums has grown exponentially as the process of writing and recording has become more affordable. At the same time, total income from sales has dropped dramatically as consumers have abandoned traditional income-generating formats and opted for cheap or free access.

The worship music business is a subset of the faith-based music business, which is a subset of the entire music business. So it’s helpful to Continue reading “How Can I Find A Worship Music Publisher For My Songs (or Help Them Find Me)?”