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Let's Find the Money.

In short, music publishing is the exploitation of a musical composition for the purpose of generating income, or royalties. A composition can generate revenue in various ways, but often a songwriter doesn't have the time, connections or knowledge base to pursue them all on their own. That's where a publisher like Unable Music Group comes in. For a percentage of the publishing royalties, we will help you find opportunities to make money from your compositions. Whether it's finding a recording artist or label to record your song, or helping to secure a sync license, Unable Music Group has you covered! For more information about getting a publishing deal with Unable, please contact us today.


Maybe a full-blown publishing deal isn't what you need right now, but that doesn't mean we can't help you out. Unable Music Group can assist you in administering your own publishing and copyrights. It's not that we love paperwork, it's just that we have done so much of it that we can pretty much do it in our sleep. Filing copyright forms, registering your compositions with your Performing Rights Organization, updating your master rights repertoire with SoundExchange; we can take care of all of it and more! Contact us today with questions or to get started.

The Most Important Thing You Haven't Heard Of.

Neighboring rights are very similar to performance rights in music publishing, as both types of royalties are earned through the public performance and/or broadcast of music. The difference lies in the type of copyright being exploited and the people who are owed the money. In publishing, the performance royalty is paid as compensation for the use of the musical composition, and is thus paid to the song writers and publishers. With neighboring rights the royalty is paid as compensation for the public performance of a sound recording, and is paid to the owner of that sound recording - often a record label or the artist themselves.


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Neighboring Rights Service

Not the United States; so we can start with that. Neighboring rights are not recognized in the U.S., as the U.S. was not a signatory to the Rome Convention of 1961, while most other developed and developing counties did sign the agreement. However, in the U.S. there is an organization known as SoundExchange which collects digital performance royalties for certain, specific uses of a sound recording - namely satellite radio, internet radio and other forms of non-interactive streaming. These are not neighboring rights but they are very similar, and so we do consider them to be one and the same for the purposes of our Neighboring Rights Service.

In territories that do recognize neighboring rights (signatories to the Rome Convention), there is a royalty owed to the sound recording owner for all public performances of their sound recording. This royalty is generated by plays on terrestrial radio and broadcast TV, cable TV channels, satellite radio, internet radio, streaming, and many other public uses of the music. In the U.S., the digital performance royalty is limited to satellite radio, internet radio and other non-interactive types of streaming. The U.S. most notably excludes broadcast radio and TV performances from the digital performance royalties.


In order for you to collect the neighboring rights revenue that you are owed, you would need to register your sound recordings with each collecting society, in every country in which your music is being publicly performed. If this sounds daunting, it certainly can be! It would be almost impossible for an independent artist or small record label to ensure that the right data makes it to the right people, in the right format, at the appropriate time. That's were we come in.

Unable Music Group and our partners have the technology and expertise to manage your neighboring rights registrations; multi-source, multi-territory and multi-society. We monitor and report your works, making your job easier and ensuring you don't leave money on the table. It is important to note that since neighboring rights management differs from one territory to another, and from one collection society to another, the labels and rights owners that rely on their local collection society and their accompanying reciprocal agreements, are often implementing an incomplete strategy. Unable Music Group has the resources and tools to complete the job!

For more information about Unable's Neighboring Rights Service, or to get started, contact us today!

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