Publishing is a service we’re proud to provide here at TribeSound, but you may be wondering, what is publishing and why do I need it? Publishing, in short, is a way to get your music out into the public eye. For example, say you have a great explosive song that you believe would work well in an action movie; it would be our job to seek that type of placement for your work. Perhaps you have an entire catalogue worth of music that you would like us to represent, which would allow for more options and more chances to be on that next big commercial!

At this point, you’re probably wondering what it is we get out of this. We’re happy to inform you that at TribeSound, we offer non-exclusive publishing deals at a 50/50 split between you, the artist, and us. These royalties will be dispersed by a PRO (performance rights organization), of which there are three major companies – ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. We recommend that you register ALL of the writers with one of these, preferably ASCAP, as it is what we use.

We’ve provided you with a link to ASCAP here.

Screen Shot 2013-09-24 at 4.52.03 PM


What is a non-exclusive publishing agreement?

In a non-exclusive agreement, the artist retains the rights to their work, and utilizes a publisher to find platforms on which their music can be heard (TV, film, etc…). If the piece is placed, the royalties are split 50/50 between the writers and the publisher. An artist is also able to pursue placement independent of the publisher, hence the term “non-exclusive.”

What if I don’t want my work to be associated with something?

The writer will always have final approval. It is our job to find places to exploit your music, but the decision to do so is yours.

Who distributes royalties?

A performing rights organizations, also known as a PRO.  There are three major PROs: ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. It is strongly recommended that ALL writers of a work register with one of these, preferably ASCAP, as it is what we utilize here at TribeSound.

Do you help to find record deals?

In short, no. Publishing strictly pertains to finding placement for your songs. That being said, the more placements you receive, the better the chances are of a record label hearing your music.

My song has samples, would you still accept it?

Yes, sampled material is accepted, but it is your duty to obtain permission from the owner of the master recording (usually the record label) and the publisher.

Why should you choose TribeSound?

Here at TribeSound, we like to develop close relationships with our clients to determine where they envision their music and how they want it represented. We’re not just businessmen, we’re passionate about music and keep that first in mind.