How To Self Publish Your Music

How To Self Publish Your Music

Self publishing your music comes with a lot of benefits. You don’t have to share your copyrights with anyone, you aren’t bound to any publishing deals and you get ultimate control over where your work is used and how. Keep in mind, self publishing isn’t for everyone. You need to be able to commit significant time and effort to doing everything a publisher would usually do and more. But if this is something that you’re ready to take on, here’s how to do it right.

How To Self Publish Your Music

Let’s Talk Basics…

Self publishing your songs means you take on the role of both the artist and the publisher. Being a self-published writer ultimately means that you hold all the rights to your Intellectual Property (IP), which means you would be in full control of how your compositions are used and would receive all royalties associated with your share of your compositions.

This is awesome, but these perks come with a little extra work. If you’re still interested, here’s what you’ll need to do to self publish your songs…

Step 1: Make Sure Your Music Hasn’t Been Published Yet

If you’ve worked with a distributor before, you may have opted in for publishing services without even realizing it. For example, our publishing administration services are very popular with our own clients. Before you do anything, definitely make sure this doesn’t apply to you.

Step 2: Register with a PRO

In order for you to receive the royalties you’re rightfully owed, your songs need to be properly registered with a Performing Rights Organization like ASCAP, SESAC or BMI. PRO’s rely on the information you provide to determine who they need to pay and how much.

Start setting up your company by going to either or to obtain/fill out an application.

Step 3: Sign Up with the MLC

The Mechanical Licensing Collective maintains the world’s most thorough database of music composition copyrights and their owners. They collect mechanical royalties from digital music streaming services and transmit those royalties to copyright holders based on the ownership claims.

Signing up with them ensures that you get all the royalties that are rightfully owed to you. You’ll need to “Connect to Collect” and become a Member of the MLC in order to collect the digital audio mechanical royalties owed to you. //  Click here to get started with that process and learn more about it.

Step 4: Time to Promote

Once you’ve completed those steps, you can finally start getting your publisher’s share on top of the writer’s share. Now is the time where the duties of a publisher fall onto you.

Typically, your publisher would be the one networking, seeking out sync deals for TV and film, registering copyrights, negotiating licenses, and more. When you self publish, it’s all on you.

In Conclusion…

Self-publishing typically just entails registering with a PRO to be able to manage and publish your own compositions, but it doesn’t have to end there. If you want to go even further, become a publisher and start your own publishing company! In the meantime, we hope this helped.

As always, you got this. 💪

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The Women of Avant-Pop | GENRE SPOTLIGHT

Playlisting Tips for a Time When the Dance Party Has Moved Indoors | EDM Feature

Playlisting Tips for a Time When the Dance Party Has Moved Indoors | EDM Feature

Song Structure

It all starts with a song.

Don’t Count on Editorial

Hit Up Timely User-Generated and Branded Playlists

Let a Promotions Company Do the Work

Here’s a guide to avoid the scammers.

This unique moment could actually be beneficial for EDM artists.

Be sure to write and produce songs that are unique yet accessible, and grab the listener’s attention early on so you can be algorithmically successful.

6 Ways to Grow Your Music Streaming | NowHearThis Feature

6 Ways to Grow Your Music Streaming | NowHearThis Feature

Become your own playlist curator

Create an artist playlist and start building a following. It can be a themed playlist. It can be a list of your influences. Just remember to always include your music on the playlist. You can update it weekly, monthly, or however often you want, and slowly start to gain a following. Let artists submit their music to it and tag them when you add them. This is a great, tangible way to become your own playlist curator, connect with other artists, and organically grow your streams and listeners yourself.

Understand social media insights when posting a release and implement the “seven times factor”

Social media insights are a great tool for knowing the ideal times to post a new release and for cross-referencing what kinds of posts your audience likes to engage with the most. On your Facebook Page (not your personal profile) and your Instagram (that must be a business account) you can utilize these insights.

You can target specific demographics on social media and tailor each ad to who you’d like to reach. The analytics that are provided from the social media ad managers can be extremely intuitive, but it’s smart to manually target as well. If your song is youthful, it might be a good idea to have a low, tighter age range for your ad, for example. You also don’t only have to focus on getting your music in front of individual consumers based on genres or similar artists. You can also focus your campaign to be geared towards companies (like labels, distribution, development) and job titles (managers, A&R, etc). This way you are also targeting those folks that are looking to discover people like yourself.

Incentivize fans to join your mailing list

Concerned About The Economy In The Pandemic’s Wake? Make Sure Live Music Is On That List of Worries & Consider Taking Action | OPINION

Concerned About The Economy In The Pandemic’s Wake? Make Sure Live Music Is On That List of Worries & Consider Taking Action | OPINION

It’s no secret that touring is a huge sustainer of the music industry. And not only is it a key sustainer, it’s a relatively immune one to music’s constant modernization.

Well, until now.

You can read their letter here. It thoughtfully lays out arguments for the cultural and economic importance of live music and lists a breakdown of how Congress can help.

In NIVA’s letter they address some compelling evidence of the financial and social impacts of live music.

Some of their economic arguments include:


NIVA’s main cultural argument is:

We could potentially be robbing the world of this life-blood.

With Live Music, Culture & The Economy Go Hand In Hand.

Take action by reaching out to your local legislators:

Platform Policing: the Relationship Between Artists, Spotify and Third-Party Playlisting | OPINION

Platform Policing: the Relationship Between Artists, Spotify and Third-Party Playlisting | OPINION

Now that we live in a world without live music, Spotify pages have become essential to the dissemination of an artist’s work.

Not only is contracting with these third-parties that provide fraudulent numbers against the terms of use, but it also has a naturally negative impact.

All of this is not to say that the business of creative third-party marketing on the Spotify platform is unethical or ineffective.

There are many claims that Spotify took down projects that did not violate terms of use, and this is all the more reason for artists to closely monitor exactly how and why their Spotify stats are moving.

We are a boutique, third-party playlisting service, we are not payola, we are not botted streams.