Responsible for supervising finances and copyright matters for a song or catalog. An administrator's primary role is to protect song copyrights, collect royalties, issue licenses and insure that songwriters are paid accordingly. All major publishers and most independents handle administration for the catalogs they own and control internally. Smaller publishers and many individual songwriters who do not want to sell their copyrights sign deals with companies that focus exclusively on providing administration services without taking an ownership interest.

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