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

Patti Smith




Bushwick, East Village, Lower East Side, South Bronx, Ridgewood, Williamsburg

Key genres

Punk, Hardcore, Techno, House, EDM, indie, Post-Punk, Latin, Reggaeton, Hip-Hop, R&B, World Music,

Local music universities institutes conservatories schools

NYU (Clive Davis), SVA, Juliard, The New School(Mannes), Manhattan School of Music, SSA

Local tradepress

Billboard, Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, Village Voice, Pigieons and Planes

Rehearsal spaces

The Sweatshop, Rivington Music Studios, Music Makers NYC

Important studios

Downtown Music Studios, Electric Lady, Avatar

Local Songwriter Publisher Organizations

AIMP NY, New York Songwriters Circle

Local record labels

Ghostly, XL, wedidit

Local promoters booking agents

Windish, Blue Note Entertainment Group, The Bowery Presents

Musically historical sites

Washington Square Park, The Bitter End, The Apollo, The BLue Note, CBGB’s