Music Publishing - Tips for searching Music Publishing companies
Our Music Publishing section of the directory covers both music publishers and sync and licensing agencies too, should you be looking to get your work featured in film, TV and games.
We recommend you start your search by focusing on those contacts who specialise in the style of music you’re making, although there are plenty who will welcome any genre. You can filter all Music Publishing listings by genre, we have over 185 to choose from.
Tips for contacting Music Publishers
Before getting in touch with music publishers we strongly suggest that you take 10 minutes or so to look at the website and/or social media profiles provided in their listing. Listen to other bands and songwriters they are working with or have worked with in the past. This should give you more of an idea of whether your music will be suited to what they’re looking for.
If you feel your music is right for them and want to get in touch, then your research should have provided you with a little background info so you can individually tailor your communication to them. No one likes a blanket email! And make sure you double check the info in our listing about how they prefer to receive music submissions so it has the best chance to being heard.
What’s in a Music Publishing listing?
• Contact details
• Social media profiles (where applicable)
• A&R and/or other contact name(s)
• Genres they specialise in
• Where you can submit demos and what format they prefer to receive
• Details of songwriters and bands on their roster
NB. Please note The Unsigned Guide can only publish the contact details and information that each individual company gives us permission to make publicly available so the level of detail in some listings can vary. We do our best to encourage companies and individuals listed to give as much info as possible to make sure the listings are helpful to you.
Further reading & advice
Follow the links below to documents & articles that we think can further help you covering approaching music publishers and publishing contracts, the role PRS For Music plays in this industry, plus how to make a living from songwriting:
Music Publishing: The Basics by Musicians’ Union http://members.theunsignedguide.com/category/publishing/ytmi/311
What's Copyright & Why Should You Care? http://members.theunsignedguide.com/blog/532
The Unsigned Guide’s Start-Up Guide to Sending Out Your Demos, Music Publishing & Getting Your Music Featured on Blogs http://members.theunsignedguide.com/category/management/ytmi/453
The Unsigned Guide’s Top Tips for Approaching Music Companies http://members.theunsignedguide.com/blog/331
Making A Living From Music by PRS For Music http://members.theunsignedguide.com/category/publishing/ytmi/319
WTF is Music Publishing?! by Sentric Music http://members.theunsignedguide.com/category/publishing/ytmi/304
Trust PRS To Look After Your Royalties by PRS For Music http://members.theunsignedguide.com/category/publishing/ytmi/297
Get To Grips With Music Industry Agreements http://members.theunsignedguide.com/category/management/ytmi/357
IFPI Digital Music Report 2014 http://members.theunsignedguide.com/category/labels/ytmi/504
BPI Music Industry Maps http://members.theunsignedguide.com/category/management/ytmi/316
Top 5 Mistakes That Bands Make In Their Biogs http://members.theunsignedguide.com/blog/510