A professional who supervises finances and copyright matters for a song or catalog. An administrator’s primary role is to protect song copyrights, collect royalties, issue licenses, and ensure that songwriters are paid properly. All major publishers and most independents handle administration for the catalogs they own and control internally. Smaller publishers and many individual songwriters who don’t want to give up their copyrights sign deals with companies like Songtrust that focus exclusively on providing administration services without taking an ownership interest. 

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