How to publish your music: 8 steps (with pictures)

How to publish your music: 8 steps (with pictures)
How to publish your music: 8 steps (with pictures)

Publishing your music means you are editing it so that other people can listen to it. As with any medium, you can either hire a producer or produce it yourself (self-publication). This article discusses both possibilities.


Method 1 of 2: Contact a producer

Publish Your Music Step 1

Step 1. Define a genre and limit yourself to it

Since producers are setting their searches for new artists around particular genres, it's best to focus on just one genre for young artists. Rest assured, you can override this limitation later.

Publish Your Music Step 2

Step 2. Create a demo

Publish Your Music Step 3

Step 3. Submit your music directly to producers

Browse the databases of, or in the United States or equivalent copyright organizations in your country. Look up song titles or singer names in your genre and take note of their producers so you can submit your songs to them. Another way to find producers is to flip through Billboard Magazine, looking for hit songs in your genre so you can find producers who publish them and who are likely to publish you in turn. Call the producers to find out who you should send your music to and in what format.

Publish Your Music Step 4

Step 4. Connect with the music industry

This is so important that if you don't live near a city where people produce music (a “music center”), you will need to seriously consider the possibility of moving.

  • Follow the activities of the music industry closely.
  • Get out where the “drivers and matchmakers” of your industry and your genre come out.
  • Go to Songwriters' Nights.
  • Join relevant associations.

    • In Canada: SOCAN (“The Society of composers, authors and music publishers in Canada”).
    • In France, SACEM.
  • Be assertive while remaining polite when meeting people in the music industry: remember that they are certainly bombarded every day with artists who dream of being published.
  • Co-write songs with produced and non-produced artists (you never know, maybe someday someone you've worked with will introduce you to a producer).
Publish Your Music Step 5

Step 5. When you are offered a production contract, get a lawyer

Here are some factors to consider when choosing whether or not to engage with a particular producer.

  • How quickly can the producer pay?
  • Does the producer have an international network to raise funds abroad via sub-publishing contracts or via membership or collection companies overseas?
  • How is publication revenue shared among partners or other group members? Make it clear early on so you don't have to fight later in court.
  • If the person you are signing with leaves the production company, are there other people who are ready to take over your contract as enthusiastically as the person leaving?
  • Does the producer specialize in your musical genre?
  • Can the producer pay advances?
  • Do you prefer a large or a small producer?
  • Note. Music producers generally only make their profits when the artist does. This is why, most of the time, it is the bigger companies that can afford to pay advance payments to authors unless you are an artist with great credit who gives you the power to negotiate the reception of. an advance. The advances are therefore recovered from the profits produced by the publication of the song. Most independent producers will market your song for free until the song produces a profit that will flow to both the producers and the artist. Songwriters are only paid when their music produces profit, advances are only paid if there is a proven possibility that the song will generate profit.

Method 2 of 2: Self-publish

Publish Your Music Step 6

Step 1. Record your songs on CDs that you sell online on your website or on a third party site

Publish Your Music Step 7

Step 2. Make your music available for download (at whatever cost you think is appropriate)

You can do this through your own website or on a third party site. A simple personal website does not require too much technique. However, if you want to create something more fancy, like setting up an online store, it will take more knowledge and effort. On some platforms you can sell, in addition to your music, the rights to its distribution.

Publish Your Music Step 8

Step 3. Register with a recognized copyright organization (SACEM in France)

This is essential so that you get paid during radio broadcasts or any public broadcast of your song.

  • Find a name for your production company. This will facilitate checks.
  • Register with BMI or ASCAP (in the USA) or at SACEM (in France) as a producer. Also register as a musician in the organization you have chosen. ASCAP charges a registration fee (non-refundable) of $ 50 to register as an artist. BMI will charge you a fee of $ 150 (non-refundable) to register as a producer (or $ 250 if you are associated). ASCAP offers a more flexible arrangement.
  • Once the name is approved, complete a DBA (Doing Business As) form at a bank. This serves to clarify your budget discussions with your publishing company.
  • Record each of your songs.


  • If you are a self-producer, consider using an online music distributor so that you can sell your songs to music stores that your fans are used to frequenting.
  • Find out which copyright companies are active in your country on Wikipedia

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