Frequently asked


Frequently asked questions

If I publish my music with Songburd, do I still own my work?

Yes! Our mission is to make sure everyone retains 100% copyright over their music. We do offer co-publishing and standard publishing argeements for our own projects that we hire out for.

How does Songburd handle different rights associated with my music?

Songburd primarily serves as a print music publisher that allows composers to retain all their rights. Performance Rights OPTIONAL: We can help with Performance Rights as needed. We can register your work with a Performing Rights Organization (ASCAP, BMI, etc.) and we take a small administration fee from any profits paid out on the publishers side. Mechanical Rights NO: Since this deals with the recording and distribution of recorded music (not print) we cannot help with Mechanical Rights. Synchronization License OPTIONAL: Synchronization licenses are administered when someone requests to use your music with a video (either in a youtube video, movie, or independent film). We can license these out on your behalf and charge an administration fee (20%) from any earned profits. Grand/Theatrical License OPTIONAL: A grand license deals with the right to perform musical compositions within the context of a dramatic work (opera, musical theater, dance, etc.). We can license these out on your behalf and charge an administration fee (20%) from any earned profits. Regardless of how you handle these rights, you will need to make sure you are reigstered with a Performing Rights Organization as at least a writer.

How much does it cost to self-publish my work?

It can vary depending on the scope of the work. Our base cost to upload a piece is $50 which includes upload to the printer, and time to prepare it for distribution. However, in order to maintain quality in our catalogue each piece is required go through a formatting and editing process before it can be prepared for distribution. Many retail stores will not pick up your work unless it has been reviewed by a publisher. You can contact us directly to get a quote on how much editing and formatting.