Understanding Song Split Agreements

Have you just composed a great song with a friend or songwriting partner? If so, you’ll want to enter into a Song Split Agreement with your co-writers. This course covers what to do when two or more writers collaborate to create a composition, how ownership in that composition can be split among them, and whether or not each writer will administer their ownership share in the co-written composition.

Included in this course

26 modules across 4 lessons
12 animated videos
3 interactive learning checks
Certificate of Completion

About this Course

This course will teach you all there is to know about Song Split Agreements: why and when you need them, how they’re created, and what needs to be established within them so everyone knows their ownership percentages, and how the co-written composition will be administered.  

Gone are the days when a partnership like Lennon/McCartney could keep a handshake deal directing all their songwriting credits – and the resulting revenue - be split equally among them. In the modern music industry, ownership splits of co-written songs need to be established straight out of the ​box​. This course shows you exactly how to create and get your song ownership papers together, while highlighting the potential pitfalls you might need to look out for in these agreements.

What You'll Learn

  • ​​To identify what the Song Split Agreement does and who uses it. ​​​
  • Why you always need a signed Song Split Agreement for co-written songs.
  • How co-written compositions are administered, e.g., how each writer controls their share for synch and other licenses.
  • The dangers, economic and otherwise, of not having a Song Split Agreement.

Course Breakdown

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Inside This Course

Meet the Intells

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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.

Don't Lose Control of Your Song

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Did you know that under U.S. copyright law, without a written agreement stating otherwise, co-writers of a song automatically share its copyright equally, regardless of their actual contributions? Don’t let your buddy who added two words to your bridge take half of your copyright.

Inside the Real Music Industry

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True stories of artists in real-life scenarios, often based on our own personal dealings with them, are peppered throughout the course.

Protect Yourself

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Our courses 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