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There are quite literally, thousands of music publishers worldwide, ranging from small one-man outfits operated in many cases by songwriters wishing to completely own and administer their own copyrights, to the multi-national conglomerates such as Universal Music, Sony Music etc., who may have several thousand songwriters on their books at any one time.

Jim Liddane presents a brief explanation of the history of music publishing, and the role of a modern music publisher.

What Do Music Publishers Do?

What exactly does a music publisher do?
Basically, a music publisher is a company (or individual) that acts as an intermediary between songwriters and composers, and the music industry. Their primary function is to acquire, administer, and exploit musical compositions on behalf of the songwriters or composers they represent.

Some key aspects of their role would have to include:

• Acquiring Rights
Music publishers seek to acquire the rights to represent and publish musical compositions. They enter into contracts with songwriters and composers, typically through publishing agreements, which grant them the authority to exploit the compositions in various ways. They also try to purchase the catalogues of existing music publishing companies, thus increasing their own market share.

• Administration
Publishers handle the administrative tasks related to music copyrights. This includes registering compositions with performing rights organisations (PROs) such as ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, PRS etc, and securing copyrights to protect the intellectual property of the songwriters or composers.

• Licensing and Exploitation
Music publishers are responsible for licensing the use of compositions for various purposes. They negotiate and issue licenses to individuals or organisations that wish to use the music in recordings, performances, films, TV shows, advertisements, video games, and other media. This process involves negotiating fees, terms, and conditions for the use of the compositions.

• Royalty Collection and Distribution
Publishers collect royalties generated from the licensed use of compositions. They track and monitor the performances, broadcasts, and sales of the music to ensure proper compensation. The collected royalties are then distributed to the songwriters or composers based on the terms of their publishing agreement.

• Promotion and Marketing
Music publishers actively promote the compositions and the songwriters or composers they represent. They may pitch songs to artists, producers, or record labels for potential recording opportunities. They also collaborate with music supervisors, advertisers, and other industry professionals to increase the visibility and commercial potential of the compositions.

• Sync Licensing
Publishers focus on securing synchronisation licenses, which allow compositions to be synchronised with visual media, such as films, TV shows, or commercials. This involves identifying suitable placements for the music and negotiating agreements that allow its use in these contexts.

Overall, music publishers play a vital role in managing and monetising musical compositions on behalf of songwriters and composers. They help protect the rights of creators, facilitate licensing and revenue generation, and actively work towards maximising the exposure and commercial success of the compositions they represent.

History Of Publishing - USA

When did music publishing start in the USA?
Music Publishing goes back to the early days of what we nowadays call the USA. In fact, it goes back to well before the Declaration of Independence!

• Early Colonial Period:
Music publishing can be traced to the early colonial period when European settlers brought their musical traditions with them The first known music publication in America was "The Bay Psalm Book" in 1640, which contained religious hymns and psalms.

• 19th Century:
The 19th century witnessed the rapid growth of music publishing in the United States.

In the early part of the century, most music publishing was centered in major cities such as Boston and New York. Publishers like Oliver Ditson and William Hall played crucial roles in popularising American music by publishing sheet music for songs, hymns, and instrumental compositions.

The growth of music printing technology, such as lithography, made sheet music more accessible to the general public and the introduction of copyright laws in the mid-19th century provided legal protection to composers and publishers, encouraging further growth in the industry.

• Tin Pan Alley Era:
The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the rise of Tin Pan Alley, a district in New York City where many music publishers and songwriters were located.

Starting in 1885, Tin Pan Alley, an area on West 28th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in the Flower District of Manhattan, became the hub of popular music production and publishing, focusing on the production of sheet music and the development of popular songs while songwriters like Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter gained fame and success during this period.

The advent of phonograph recordings in the late 19th century and radio broadcasting in the early 20th century revolutionised the music industry, leading to a shift in focus from sheet music to recorded music.

• ASCAP and BMI:
In the early 20th century, performing rights organisations (PROs) like the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) were established.

ASCAP and BMI were responsible for collecting royalties on behalf of composers and publishers for the public performance of their music on radio, television, and live performances. These PROs played a significant role in protecting the rights and ensuring fair compensation for composers and publishers.

• Digital Age and Streaming:
The advent of digital technology in the late 20th century brought significant changes to the music publishing industry.

The rise of the internet, MP3s, and digital music platforms led to a decline in physical sales of sheet music and records, shifting the focus towards digital distribution and streaming services. Companies like Apple (iTunes) and later streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora revolutionised how music is consumed, challenging traditional music publishing models.

The rise of independent publishing and self-publishing became more accessible with digital platforms, allowing artists to release and distribute their music independently.

History Of Publishing - UK

What is the history of Music Publishing in the United Kingdom?
Believe it or not, the earliest examples of what might be called "music publishing" actually pre-date Shakespeare!

• Early Period:
Music publishing in the UK traces its roots back to the 16th century, when printed music began to appear in the form of broadsheets and partbooks.

Early music publishers in the UK, such as Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, published sacred music and madrigals while the establishment of printing presses in London, Oxford, and Cambridge facilitated the production and dissemination of printed music.

• 19th Century:
The 19th century saw significant advancements in music publishing in the UK.

Publishers such as John Walsh and Vincent Novello played vital roles in publishing sheet music, particularly for piano and vocal compositions.

The introduction of copyright laws in the mid-19th century, such as the Copyright Act of 1842, provided legal protection to composers and publishers while music halls and vaudeville theaters became popular, leading to an increased demand for popular sheet music.

• Music Hall Era:
The late 19th and early 20th centuries witnessed the rise of the music hall era in the UK. Music halls were venues where popular entertainment, including live music performances, took place.

Music publishing in London became centred around Tin Pan Alley, mainly along Denmark Street, which was in the heart of the theatre district. The street had been almost completely residential up to around 1850, but in later years, had become known as "Little Tokyo", due to the proliferation of Japanese-owned businesses. In 1911, songwriter Lawrence Wright who would go on to found the "Melody Marker" music newspaper, opened up shop at Number 8, quickly followed by Campell Connolly.

Publishers like Francis, Day & Hunter and Chappell & Co. capitalised on the popularity of music halls by publishing sheet music for the songs performed in these venues. Music hall songs became a significant part of popular culture, and sheet music sales boomed during this period.

• Post-World War II:
The aftermath of World War II brought significant changes to the music publishing industry in the UK.

The rise of record labels, such as EMI and Decca, shifted the focus from sheet music to recorded music. Denmark Street expanded to include musical instrument shops and recording studios, to the point where as songwriter Lionel Bart (known as "the king of Tin Pan Alley") put it - you could "hardly throw a stone but you'd hit a famous songwriter".

In the early 1960's, British popular music emerged as a global phenomenon, with artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Pink Floyd dominating the music scene. As a result, music publishing companies like Northern Songs (associated with The Beatles) and Essex Music (associated with Pink Floyd) gained prominence during this era.

• Digital Age and Streaming:
The advent of digital technology in the late 20th century brought significant changes to the music publishing industry in the UK, as it did globally.

The rise of the internet, MP3s, and digital music platforms transformed the way music is distributed and consumed.

Companies like Apple (iTunes) and later streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music had a profound impact on the music publishing landscape. Independent publishing and self-publishing became more accessible with digital platforms, allowing artists to release and distribute their music independently.

What does the future of music publishing look like?
Today, music publishing in both the USA and the UK continues to evolve in response to advancements in technology, changes in consumer behavior, and the global music market. The industry definitely faces new challenges, but also faces new opportunities.

The Top Publishers Nowadays

Which are the most prominent music publishing companies nowadays?
The music publishing industry nowadays consists of several major players. While rankings may vary based on specific criteria, any listing of the biggest music publishers worldwide would have to include the three companies - Sony Music, UMPG and Warner Chappell:

• Sony Music Publishing
Sony Music Publishing is a major player in the music publishing industry. It has an extensive catalogue of songs and represents numerous well-known songwriters and composers.

• Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG)
UMPG is one of the largest music publishing companies globally. It represents a vast catalogue of songs from various genres and has offices in many countries.

• Warner Chappell Music
Warner Chappell is another prominent music publishing company. It has a rich catalogue and represents a diverse range of songwriters across different genres.

It is important to note that the music publishing landscape changes over time, and new companies emerge or existing ones undergo transformations so as a songwriter, you should always research the current state of the industry to get the most up-to-date information.

Take it from me, this cursory examination of the current top three companies (as of 2023), will possibly have been over-taken by events even before you have finished reading it!

Sony Music Publishing

Sony Music Publishing is probably the largest music publishing company in the world. It is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation, operates as part of Sony Music Entertainment, and at time of writing, has well over 5 million songs on its books.

• HQ
Madison Avenue, New York City, USA

• History
1995: Sony Music Publishing is formed when Sony acquires ATV Music Publishing. ATV Music Publishing has been founded in 1955 by Lew Grade and controls a vast catalogue of songs, including many of The Beatles' compositions.

1995: Sony Music Publishing merges with the publishing division of Michael Jackson's ATV Music to form Sony/ATV Music Publishing. The merger creates one of the largest music publishing companies worldwide, with a catalogue encompassing numerous hit songs from various genres.

2007: Sony/ATV acquires Famous Music LLC from Viacom for approximately $370 million. Famous Music is known for its extensive catalogue of songs, including classics from artists like Eminem, Akon, and Shakira.

2012: Sony/ATV enters into a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi-based investment company Mubadala Development Company and formed Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. This joint venture leads to Sony/ATV administering the catalogue of EMI Music Publishing, which had an impressive collection of songs and represents numerous renowned songwriters.

2018: Sony/ATV acquires the remaining 60% stake of EMI Music Publishing from the Mubadala Development Company, becoming the sole owner of EMI Music Publishing. The deal values EMI Music Publishing at around $4.75 billion and further solidifies Sony/ATV's position as a dominant force in the music publishing industry.

2019: Sony/ATV Music Publishing changes its name to Sony Music Publishing, aligning its branding with the parent company, Sony Music Entertainment.

• Writers Published
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has a substantial stake in the publishing rights of The Beatles' iconic catalogue. John Lennon and Paul McCartney, as the primary songwriters of The Beatles, have numerous hits published by Sony/ATV, including "Hey Jude," "Let It Be," and "Yesterday."

Sony/ATV acquired the ATV Music catalogue, which included the publishing rights to numerous Michael Jackson songs. Jackson's catalogue includes classics like "Thriller," "Billie Jean," and "Beat It."

Taylor Swift, one of the most successful contemporary singer-songwriters, has published her music with Sony/ATV. Her catalogue includes chart-topping hits like "Love Story," "You Belong with Me," and "Shake It Off."

Sony/ATV represents a significant portion of Bob Dylan's extensive catalogue. Dylan, known for his poetic songwriting, has written timeless songs like "Blowin' in the Wind," "Like a Rolling Stone," and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door."

Lady Gaga, an acclaimed pops artist known for her unique style and powerful vocals, has published her music with Sony/ATV. Her catalogue includes hits like "Bad Romance," "Poker Face," and "Shallow."

Sony/ATV works closely with Ed Sheeran, a globally successful singer-songwriter. Sheeran's catalogue includes songs such as "Shape of You," "Thinking Out Loud," and "Photograph."

Pharrell Williams, a multi-talented musician, producer, and songwriter, has collaborated with Sony/ATV. His catalogue includes hits like "Happy," "Blurred Lines," and "Get Lucky."

Sia, known for her powerful songwriting and distinctive voice, has published her music with Sony/ATV. Her catalogue includes songs like "Chandelier," "Cheap Thrills," and "Elastic Heart."

• Songs Published
"Yesterday" - The Beatles: This iconic Beatles song, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is one of the most covered songs in history. It has become a timeless classic.

"Let It Be" - The Beatles: Another beloved Beatles hit, "Let It Be" was written by Paul McCartney and has a powerful and uplifting message.

"Thriller" - Michael Jackson: This title track from Michael Jackson's seminal album became a global phenomenon and is widely regarded as one of the greatest pop songs of all time.

"Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson: "Billie Jean" is a signature Michael Jackson song, known for its infectious beat and memorable bassline.

"Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran: This chart-topping hit by Ed Sheeran broke numerous records and became one of the most streamed songs in history.

"Poker Face" - Lady Gaga: Lady Gaga's breakout hit "Poker Face" became a pop anthem and showcased her unique style and catchy melodies.

"Happy" - Pharrell Williams: This infectious and feel-good song by Pharrell Williams was featured in the film "Despicable Me 2" and became a global sensation.

"Can't Stop the Feeling!" - Justin Timberlake: Written by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, and Shellback, this upbeat track from the movie "Trolls" became a chart-topping hit.

"Rolling in the Deep" - Adele: Adele's powerful and emotionally charged song "Rolling in the Deep" became a massive hit and showcased her incredible vocal talent.

"Diamonds" - Rihanna: This hit song, written by Sia and Benny Blanco, propelled Rihanna to further stardom and became a worldwide success.

Universal Music Publishing

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is a leading global music publishing company. It is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, one of the world's largest music companies and has and more than 4 million songs on its books.

• HQ
Santa Monica, California, USA

• History
1901: Edward B. Marks and Joe Stern found a music publishing company called Stern & Marks in New York City. This company will eventually become part of the foundation for UMPG.

1933:, The music publishing company Chappell & Company is acquired by Warner Bros. and becomes Warner/Chappell Music. Warner/Chappell later plays a significant role in the formation of UMPG.

1934: The Decca Record Company establishes its music publishing division, Decca Music Group, in the United Kingdom.

1950-1976: Various mergers and acquisitions take place in the music publishing industry. These include the acquisition of Mills Music by Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), the merger of Chappell & Co. with PolyGram, and the formation of MCA Music Publishing through the merger of several music publishing companies.

1989: Seagram, a Canadian conglomerate, acquires 80% of MCA Inc., including its music publishing division.

1988: Seagram acquires PolyGram, a major music company that includes the Chappell Music publishing catalogue. This acquisition strengthens Seagram's presence in the music publishing sector.

1998: Seagram merges MCA Music Entertainment Group and PolyGram to form Universal Music Group (UMG). As a result, the music publishing divisions of both companies, including MCA Music Publishing and PolyGram Music Publishing, are combined to create Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG).

2006: Universal Music Group is acquired by Vivendi, a French media conglomerate, and becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vivendi.

2012: UMPG acquires EMI Music Publishing, one of the world's largest music publishing companies, expanding its catalogue and market share significantly.

2013: Universal Music Publishing Group launches UMPG Songs, a joint venture with Disney Music Publishing. The joint venture focuses on signing and developing songwriters and administering their catalogues.

2017: UMPG signs a global administration deal with the Prince estate, gaining access to Prince's extensive catalogue of music.

2018: UMPG acquires the catalogue of renowned songwriter Bob Dylan, further strengthening its catalogue and representation of iconic artists.

• Writers Published
UMPG acquired the catalogue of the legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in 2018. Dylan is known for his influential and poetic songwriting, and his catalogue includes timeless classics such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Like a Rolling Stone."

Taylor Swift is one of the most successful pop singer-songwriters of recent years. UMPG represents her music catalogue, which includes chart-topping hits like "Love Story," "Shake It Off," and "Blank Space."

The iconic British musician and composer Elton John has an extensive catalogue of hits, many of which are published by UMPG. His songs include "Your Song," "Rocket Man," and "Tiny Dancer."

UMPG represents the catalogue of Adele, a Grammy-winning British singer-songwriter. Her powerful and soulful songs, including "Rolling in the Deep," "Someone Like You," and "Hello," have garnered widespread acclaim.

UMPG represents the publishing rights to the music of the legendary rock band Queen, including the songs written by its lead vocalist Freddie Mercury and guitarist Brian May. Queen's catalogue includes iconic hits like "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Will Rock You," and "Another One Bites the Dust."

UMPG represents the music catalogue of Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber. His chart-topping hits, including "Baby," "Sorry," and "Love Yourself," have garnered massive global success.

UMPG represents the catalogue of Billie Eilish, a highly acclaimed singer-songwriter known for her unique and genre-blending style. Her songs, such as "Bad Guy," "Ocean Eyes," and "When the Party's Over," have resonated with audiences worldwide.

UMPG represents the publishing rights to the music of the Irish rock band U2, including songs written by its lead vocalist Bono and guitarist The Edge. U2's catalogue includes hits like "With or Without You," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," and "Beautiful Day."

• Songs Published
"Bohemian Rhapsody" - Queen: This epic rock anthem, written by Freddie Mercury, is considered one of the greatest songs in rock history.

"Hey Jude" - The Beatles: Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, this Beatles classic features an uplifting melody and a sing-along chorus.

"Like a Rolling Stone" - Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan's influential song is often hailed as one of the greatest compositions in popular music, known for its poetic lyrics.

"Hallelujah" - Leonard Cohen: This haunting and emotionally powerful song, written by Leonard Cohen, has been covered by numerous artists and is recognised as a modern classic.

"I Will Always Love You" - Dolly Parton: Dolly Parton's heartfelt ballad gained even greater popularity when Whitney Houston covered it for the film "The Bodyguard."

"Don't Stop Believin'" - Journey: This anthemic rock song by Journey has become a timeless favourite, known for its uplifting message and memorable chorus.

"Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson's iconic hit, known for its infectious groove and memorable bassline, remains one of his signature songs.

"Sweet Child o' Mine" - Guns N' Roses: This rock anthem by Guns N' Roses features a distinctive guitar riff and powerful vocals, becoming one of their most popular songs.

"Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars: This funk-infused pop hit dominated charts worldwide and became one of the biggest songs of recent years.

"Rolling in the Deep" - Adele: Adele's soulful and powerful ballad captivated audiences worldwide, showcasing her incredible vocal talent.

Warner Chappell Music

Warner Chappell Music represents a vast catalogue of songs, including iconic compositions from legendary songwriters such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter, and has well over 1 million songs on its books.

• HQ
Broadway, New York City, USA

• History
1811: Chappell & Company is founded in London, England, as a music publishing firm. It begins its journey by publishing sheet music and establishing itself as a prominent name in the industry.

1929: Warner Bros., the renowned American entertainment company, acquires a majority stake in Chappell & Company. This acquisition will eventually lead to the formation of Warner/Chappell Music.

1987: Warner Communications Inc., the parent company of Warner Bros., merges with Time Inc. to become Time Warner, a media conglomerate. Warner/Chappell Music becomes a subsidiary of Time Warner.

1988: Warner/Chappell Music expands its reach by acquiring the music publisher Southern Music. This acquisition adds a significant number of well-known compositions to their catalogue.

1990s: Warner/Chappell Music experiences growth and success during this decade, signing agreements with prominent songwriters and acquiring valuable music publishing catalogues. The company represents songwriters from various genres, including pop, rock, country, and more.

2002: Time Warner merges with America Online Inc. (AOL), forming AOL Time Warner. Warner/Chappell Music becomes a subsidiary of AOL Time Warner.

2010: Warner Music Group, including Warner/Chappell Music, is acquired by Access Industries, a privately-held industrial group. Warner/Chappell Music becomes a part of Access Industries' portfolio.

2013: Warner/Chappell Music acquires the Parlophone Label Group, which includes the catalogues of legendary artists like Coldplay, Pink Floyd, and David Bowie. This acquisition significantly expands Warner/Chappell Music's catalogue.

2018: Warner Music Group completes a sale of a majority stake in its recorded music business, effectively becoming an independent music company once again. Warner/Chappell Music remains a division of Warner Music Group.

2019: Warner/Chappell Music undergoes a rebranding and changes its name to Warner Chappell Music, dropping the slash in its name.

• Writers Published
The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Beyoncι is known for her powerful vocals and impactful songwriting. She has collaborated with Warner Chappell Music on many of her hit songs, including "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," "Halo," and "Formation."

Ed Sheeran is a globally successful singer-songwriter known for his heartfelt and introspective songs. He has worked closely with Warner Chappell Music and has written chart-topping hits such as "Thinking Out Loud," "Shape of You," and "Perfect."

Katy Perry is a pop superstar with a string of successful singles to her name. Warner Chappell Music has collaborated with her on songs like "Roar," "Firework," and "Teenage Dream."

The renowned rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z has partnered with Warner Chappell Music on numerous occasions. Some of his well-known songs, including "Empire State of Mind" and "99 Problems," are part of his collaboration with Warner Chappell Music.

Kendrick Lamar is a highly acclaimed rapper and songwriter known for his thought-provoking lyrics and socially conscious themes. Warner Chappell Music has worked with him on tracks such as "HUMBLE," "Alright," and "DNA."

Carole King is a legendary singer-songwriter whose timeless compositions have become classics. Her collaboration with Warner Chappell Music includes iconic songs like "You've Got a Friend," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," and "Natural Woman."

Bruno Mars is a multi-talented artist known for his infectious pop and R&B hits. Warner Chappell Music has been involved in his songwriting endeavors, including songs like "Just the Way You Are," "Uptown Funk," and "Locked Out of Heaven."

Dua Lipa is a British singer-songwriter who has gained international acclaim with her powerful vocals and catchy pop tunes. She has collaborated with Warner Chappell Music on songs like "New Rules," "Don't Start Now," and "Levitating."

• Songs Published
"Happy Birthday to You" - Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill: This widely recognised and beloved birthday song is published by Warner Chappell Music.

"Every Breath You Take" - The Police: This iconic hit by The Police, written by Sting, features a haunting melody and introspective lyrics.

"Hotel California" - Eagles: This classic rock song by the Eagles, written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, has become one of the band's most enduring hits.

"Wonderwall" - Oasis: Written by Noel Gallagher, this Britpop anthem by Oasis has become a beloved sing-along track.

"Livin' on a Prayer" - Bon Jovi: This energetic rock anthem by Bon Jovi, written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Desmond Child, is a crowd favourite.

"Shape of My Heart" - Sting: This introspective ballad by Sting has been covered by various artists and showcases his songwriting prowess.

"Firework" - Katy Perry: Written by Katy Perry, this empowering pop anthem became a massive hit and is recognised for its uplifting message.

"Viva la Vida" - Coldplay: This anthemic song by Coldplay, written by Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion, reached critical acclaim and commercial success.

"I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor: This disco classic, written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris, has become an anthem of resilience and empowerment.

"All You Need Is Love" - The Beatles: This timeless Beatles song, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a testament to love and unity.

It's important to note that the music publishing landscape can change over time, and new companies may emerge or existing ones may undergo transformations. You should always research the current state of the industry to get the most up-to-date information.

Presence On The Web

Publishers On The Web
You may be a bit surprised to learn that not every music publisher operates a dedicated website, presumably because they are not themselves selling anything directly to the general public, and accordingly, see little point in bothering to have much of an online presence.

Those that do have websites often offer little in the way of information about the company or its staff, and some make it quite difficult to work out what exactly they do publish or which songwriters are signed to them. Unlike most book publishers, these music publishing sites also contain very little (if any) information on submitting material to them, apart from those who warn you that they do not accept unsolicited material!

A small number of sites are however "songwriter-friendly", in that they provide information for writers who wish to submit material to them. These sites are rare enough however - most seem determined to discourage songwriters from contacting them at all!

Below is a small and very random list of publishers - just click on the name to visit the site.

And if you would like larger listings of music publishers, then the Billboard Directory (international listings), the Music Week Directory (mainly UK listings), and the Hot Press Directory (mainly Irish listings), should satisfy your appetite.

Short List Of Websites


Alan Publishing Group
Alfred Music
All Boys Music
Amphonic Music
Angus Music
Ariel Music
Apollo Music
A&R Editions
Arthouse Entertainment
Astute Music
Audio Network Music
Avatar Publishing
Bardic Edition
Beggars Music
Bicycle Music
Big Ears Music
Big World Music
Blades Music
Blue Mountain Music
BMG Production Music
Bocu Music
Boosey & Hawkes Music
Bourne Music
Bucks Music
Budde Music
Bug Music


Caritas Music
Carl Fischer Music
Carlin America
Carlin Music UK
Casablanca Media Publishing
Cathedral Music
Chandos Music
Chelsea Music
Cherry Heart Music
Christian Music Group Publishing
Concord Music
Curb Music
Cutting Edge Music
Defected Music
Dome Music
Downtown Music


Edition HH Music
Embryo Music
EMI Music
Faber Music
Fagus Music
Fairwood Music
Fame Music
Feel Good Music
Focus Music
Fox Music Publishing
Felder Pomus Music


George Martin Music
Global Talent Music
Goodnight Kiss Music
Green Hills Music Group
Hal Leonard Music
Hope Music


Independent Music Group
Indiesonics Music
integrity Music
Josef Weinberger Music
Kassner Music
Kendor Music
Kobalt Music
KPM Music


Maverick Music
Maxwood Music
May Music
Mcasso Music
MGM Music
Missing Link Music
Moraine Music
MPL Communications
Mute Music
Now Music
Perfectly Formed Songs
Peter Knight Music
Proof Songs


RAK Music
Real Songs
Reservoir Music
Rondo Music
SATV Music
Scottish Music
Sentric Music
Shapiro Bernstein Music
Sheet Music
Songtek Music
Sony-ATV Music US
Sony-ATV Music UK
Southern Music
Supreme Songs


The Really Useful Group
Trowbridge Music
Urband & Lazar Music Publishing
Universal Music
Warner Chappell Music
Warp Music
West One Music
Westminster Music
Yell Music
Zec Music

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