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Music Publishing, Sync & Licensing

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About the course

Whether you’re a songwriter, publisher, sync agent or music supervisor, or you hope to become one in the future, Music Publishing, Sync & Licensing course presents a unique opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of every aspect of music publishing and to learn from one of the most respected professionals in the business. Our course will demystify how the important world of music publishing works and provide the skills you need to succeed.

With our expertise and passion for the industry, we’ll guide you through every facet of music publishing including the commercial exploitation of works, copyright, mechanical licensing, public performance royalties, collection societies, synchronisation (the use of music in TV, film, advertising and games), writer development, contracts and much more.

Students from this course have gone on to secure work at music publishers, sync agencies and as music supervisors, and songwriters have benefitted from the comprehensive understanding of the business we provide. We’re proud of their achievements and enjoy keeping in touch through our Alumni Community.

Music Publishing, Sync & Licensing

Syllabus

Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4
  • What is music publishing?

  • What are the functions and roles of a music publisher?

  • A brief history of music publishing in the UK, USA and Europe

  • Market leaders in publishing music

  • Music publishing business models (pop, classical, production, indie/major, international etc.)

  • Artist and writer contracts: Types of agreement; Terms, retention periods, infringements​, advances, recoupment and pipeline income

  • Collection societies across the world – PROs: Rights, reciprocal agreements, international partnerships, reporting, collections and distributions

  • Membership of overseas collection societies

Students on this course also receive a one-to-one consultation to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry and how we can help.

  • The creative process

  • The writer/composer relationship with the publisher

  • How a publisher develops an artist-writer

  • Development deals

  • Cowriters – global and local

  • Samples, mash-ups and covers

  • Co-publishing and sub-publishing

  • The signing decision: A&R signings​; Investment and ROI

  • A&R, marketing and promotion of the roster

  • Working with record labels

  • Working with artist/writer managers

  • Publisher owned masters

Students on this course also receive a one-to-one consultation to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry and how we can help.

  • Synchronisation and brands

  • Agents and music supervisors

  • Music supervision – licensing platforms, agents, roles, rights and remuneration

  • Licensing in online and offline media – movies, tv, radio, games, advertising, branding and corporate productions and student films

  • Process of licensing – terms period and territory: Registration notification, licensing models etc.; Commercial, commissioned, library and public domain music; Blanket agreements; Commissioning and production; Responsibilities and timeframes

  • Terms of licensing agreements

Students on this course also receive a one-to-one consultation to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry and how we can help.

  • Music publishing today: ​Major publishers​; Independent publishers

  • Direct membership to collection agencies – a new model​

  • The administration process in music publishing: Registration, notification and duplication​; Royalty tracking and distribution technology; Revenue and data flow for publishing music; Transparency and efficiency in music publishing

  • Revenue streams in the age of streaming​

  • International partnerships

  • The future of music publishing and how to find work in the business

Students on this course also receive a one-to-one consultation to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry and how we can help.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Who is the course suitable for?
Does the course take place online?
Will I get a course certificate?
Do I need to provide anything?

This course is perfect for anyone interested in a career in music publishing, sync or music supervision, as well as those setting up their own music publishing company. It’s hugely beneficial for those looking for a clearer understanding of the functions, processes and procedures involved in music publishing or those looking to commercially exploit their own work, or that of a client.​ You should be 18 years old or older. No previous experience is necessary.

Students on this course also receive a one-to-one consultation to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry and how we can help.

Yes. Until further notice, all of our courses will be taking place online, through our virtual classrooms. These online courses take place live, so you can interact with your tutor and other students in real-time! With high quality video and audio, live notes, quizzes and breakout group sessions – the virtual classroom provides an immersive learning experience, where ever you are in the world!

Students on this course also receive a one-to-one consultation to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry and how we can help.

Upon completion, students will receive a Certificate of Completion, signed by the tutor and the school directors, in the post.

Students on this course also receive a one-to-one consultation to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry and how we can help.

A pen and notepad is all you require! We also provide comprehensive notes throughout the course. You will need internet access and a web browser (Chrome/Firefox). Prior to the start date of your course you will receive a web link and a password to access the virtual classroom.

Students on this course also receive a one-to-one consultation to discuss your plans for moving forward in the industry and how we can help.

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