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

Justin Timberlake
Taylor Swift
Dolly Parton




“Nashville songwriting scene is booming”

- Steve Markland of Downtown Music Publishing says


East Nashville, Music Row, The Gulch

Key genres

Indie, Rock, Country, Americana

Local music universities institutes conservatories schools

Belmont, Vanderbuilt

Local tradepress

Music Row Magazine, American Songwriter

Local Songwriter Publisher Organizations

AIMP Nashville

Fun fact about Nashville

Regional quirks: Songs are often put “on hold” by artists, which takes a song off the market, there is an implicate trust that you won’t pitch other artists this song