Publishing Administrator vs. Publisher

A legitimate Publisher typically takes ownership of a percentage of your compositions and exploits your compositions by seeking out licensing and placement opportunities for the compositions, in addition to seeking out co-writing opportunities for their songwriters.

Though you may have signed up for publishing administration through us Symphonic will not be listed as your publisher. Due to Symphonic’s exclusive partnership with Songtrust, they will be representing Symphonic songwriters’ compositions as their publishing administrator to collection agencies worldwide.  Remember, a publishing administrator is not a publisher (please see the question below for a detailed explanation).

Our exclusive partnership with Songtrust allows Symphonic songwriters to leverage the ease of Symphonic’s systems combined with Songtrust’s extensive knowledge, resources, and years of experience to collect the maximum royalties our writers deserve.  Therefore, if you’re our writer client and you notice on your PRO repertory database that your compositions are tagged as being administered by Songtrust across any performing rights organization, this reflects that Songtrust is collecting the publisher’s share of your performance royalties on your behalf under the supportive umbrella of Symphonic Publishing Administration.

As your Publishing Administrator, we assume no ownership of your compositions whatsoever. We also leave your own music-making career in your hands. Songtrust and Symphonic collectively simply do the dirty paperwork, administrative work, all song registrations worldwide and collection of royalties.

Further, if you are a distribution client of Symphonic as well, we’ll be doing some hefty digging for you to ensure you are getting the royalties that are owed to you. Since we have our distribution clients’ download sales and streaming data, we have a system in tact whereby we compare that data with the royalties we’ll receive from societies worldwide. For example, if we see a hefty rise in your Spotify streams in France but no hefty rise in your performance/mechanical royalties from France’s collection societies, we will flag it and contact the society with your royalty reports to gather what is owed to you.

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