What is Music Publishing

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. 

Local Legends

Kanye West
Chance the Rapper




Uptown, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, Ukranian Village

Key genres

HipHop/R&B, House, EDM, Techno, Blues, Rock, Indie

Local music universities institutes conservatories schools

Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University, Columbia College, Chicago Music Department DePaul University, Illinois State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois School of Music (Urbana), Wheaton College Conservatory of Music ,North Park University, VanderCook College of Music

Local tradepress

Loud Loop Press, The Chicago Reader, Pitchfork, Chicago Music Magazine, Windy City Rock, Time Out Chicago

Rehearsal spaces

Music Garage, Mystery Street Recording Company

Important studios

Electrical Audio, Sonic Palace, Chicago Recording Company

Local record labels

Touch and Go, Bloodshot Reccords, Alligator Records

Local promoters booking agents

Billions Organization, Flower Booking,