The Spanish General Society of Authors and Publishers (SGAE) is a private entity devoted to the defense and collective management of the intellectual property rights of its over 100,000 members. Within this collective of creators, 90.921 are musicians in all genres and styles, 10.701 are authors of audio-visual works (screenplay writers, scriptwriters and directors), and 8.825 are dramatists and choreographers. SGAE’s fundamental mission is to protect and share out the remuneration for their members resulting from the commercial use of their works (Public Communication, reproduction, distribution, transformation and Private Copying) and the management of licences among clients for their use. This task not only benefits SGAE’s members but contributes to the protection of the extremely rich cultural heritage represented by our repertoire.
Music Publishing is the business of protecting and promoting song copyrights and collecting the royalties that these copyrights generate. Think of a song as intellectual property (it's an original piece of art!), and music publishing as the business that makes sure that songwriters get paid a fair compensation when their intellectual property is used by companies. Those companies could be record labels (mechanical royalties), radio stations, bars, and restaurants (performance royalties), or film studios and advertising agencies (sync license fees), and many more.