Building Your Music Publishing Company Q2 2020

Foundational material you need to succeed in the new music business.

Course Description: 

In this course, students will learn the foundational specific knowledge needed to start and maintain a successful music publishing company as an independent songwriter entrepreneur in the new music business.


Following along with the Getting Started workbook, weekly reading and lab applications help you set up your systems for success long term, and give you guidelines for how and when to register works, pitch your songs and work with collaborators and cowriters.


Real world examples, success strategies, and business organization templates are provided throughout the course to help students apply what you learn in a practical way.


Students who complete the course will understand the operations of a working music publishing house, and some will set up their own DIY music publishing house during the 8 weeks classes.

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Questions Addressed By The Course: 

  • I'm a songwriter.  Why do I need to set up a music publishing company?

  • How do I get a publishing deal?

  • Does having my own publishing company hurt my chances of getting signed?

  • What are copyrights and how do they help me make money with my music?

  • What are different types of music publishing deals?

  • What are some common contract clauses for music publishing deals?

  • What is pitching and how do you do it as an independent?  [more about this in Q3]

  • How do I deal with cowriters and their publishing issues?

  • What are the most important duties of music publishers?

  • How do I organize my original song catalog like a professional?

Student Portal

Access your course materials through these links when you register.

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Syllabus Q2

Recommended Reading

Getting Started the Right Way in the New Millennium of Music Business

by: Amanda Colleen Williams

Our core workbook and text for this course.

Registered with the Library of Congress and deposited in the National Library of Jamaica.

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The Ultimate Sales Machine

by: Chet Holmes

10,000 Hours to Mastery 

utilizes core reading from Chet Holmes' book to underscore the importance of time management for effective business leaders.

Disclosure: Songpreneurs receives commission on sales.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

by: Stephen R. Covey

10,000 Hours to Mastery utilizes

recommended reading from Covey's classic business book for our forum discussions in this course.

Disclosure: Songpreneurs receives commission on sales.