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

Billy Ray Cyrus
Bill Monroe



Key genres

Bluegrass, Country, Pop

Local music universities institutes conservatories schools

Campbellsville University University of Louisville University of Kentucky Western Kentucky University

Fun fact about Kentucky

“Happy Birthday”—a.k.a. the most-sung song in the English language—has Kentucky roots. Sisters Mildred and Patty Hill matched the melody to “Good Morning to All,” a song they taught to Kentucky schoolchildren, in the late 19th century. Around 1911, the word “birthday” snuck its way into the song. The song was officially published to the “Good Morning to You” melody in 1924. Today, the Hill Foundation set up in the sisters’ honor continues to collect royalties on the celebratory song.

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