Music Publishing 101

Music Publishing 101 is a simple guide to the complex world of music publishing – a primer to better develop your understanding of this highly lucrative area of the music industry.

Included in this course

Estimated Length: 4h30m
21 modules across 4 lessons
12 animated videos
Interactive learning checks
Certificate of Completion

About this Course

Underlying every musical recording you’ve ever heard to is a composition. In this music publishing course, you’ll learn how songwriters protect their rights in the songs they author, and explore the roles of the music publishers who bring those songs to the masses and collect the multiple different streams of revenue they generate.

The course provides a broad overview of music publishing to give you a better understanding of how to protect your rights as a songwriter and/or musical composition copyright owner. You’ll also learn how to exploit those rights so you see maximum dollar for the songs you own or have authored.

Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll understand the importance of controlling the administration of your musical composition copyrights, how those copyrights have entirely different revenue streams from sound recordings–and how and where to collect those revenues. Plus, a whole lot more!

What You'll Learn

  • To identify the exclusive rights afforded to the owners of musical composition copyrights.
  • A thorough understanding of how to protect your exclusive rights as a songwriter.
  • What a music publisher is, and what it is NOT!
  • To differentiate between a musical composition copyright and a sound recording copyright.
  • To identify the parties who own and/or control music publishing rights.
  • The multiple sources of revenue generated from music publishing and how to cash in on them.
  • To differentiate between the various types of music publishing agreements.

Course Breakdown

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Inside This Course

Meet the Intells

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Meet the Intells is an animated series that teaches the real business of music through storytelling. Each episode breaks industry topics down into fun, easy to understand segments and can be watched individually or as part of the course content.

Crystalize your knowledge with interactive learning checks

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Solidify your knowledge of music industry agreements with multiple-choice quizzes and drag-and-drop puzzles to help you remember what you've learned in a fun and engaging way.

Know Your (Exclusive) Rights

A grey haired fortune teller with hoop earrings shows tarot cards depicting different aspects of musical copyrights.
As soon as you create a musical composition copyright, you are entitled to several exclusive rights as the owner/author of that copyright. Each one of these rights represents a different source of publishing revenue. Learn what they are, what they do, and how to protect and capitalize on them to earn maximum dollar.

Inside the Real Music Industry

A Latin-American man stands behind an x-ray board. Inside him is a musical note.
True stories of artists in real-life scenarios, often based on our own personal dealings with them, are peppered throughout the course.

Protect Yourself

A young Asian-American woman dressed in a football helmet and shoulder pads catches a football. The shoulder pads have the copyright and music copyright icons on either side.
Our courses at CI Academy give you the knowledge and skills to protect your work and move forward in the music business with confidence. Based on real information from industry insiders, we help you make informed decisions, avoid costly mistakes, and protect yourself from unscrupulous actors. Sign up and invest in your career today.

Trusted By

Songwriters, Producers, Managers, Industry Executives and Lawyers

Austin Rosen, co-manager of Post Malone.
“For anyone wanting to get into the music industry, the Creative Intell Academy courses are the best to take. If you’re an artist, writer, producer or manager, this will change the game and the way you operate.”
Austin Rosen
co-manager of Post Malone
Lucas Keller, President and Founder of Milk & Honey
" The more informed the producer is on how the business works, the easier it is to manage their career.  Creative Intell Academy takes complex legal concepts, breaks them down, and makes them easy to understand. We recommend all of our clients take these courses now."
Lucas Keller
President/Founder of Milk & Honey
Dana Biondi, manager of Suicide Boys.
"Unlock your music career's fullest potential with the Creative Intell Academy. Avoid costly legal mistakes, sign smart contracts, and maximize your revenue. As a manager of platinum-selling artists, I confidently endorse the CI Academy. They've got you covered."
Dana Biondi
manager of $uicideboy$

Backed by the management teams of

Post Malone

Lil Tecca

The Killers

Imagine Dragons

Bad Bunny

Trusted by the biggest firms in the industry