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1ns and 2s with DJ-Sticha - What's the difference between a publishing company and a record label?

by DJ-Sticha
15 Feb 2016 at 08:04hrs | Views
Nzalo kaNdaba ngicel' ukuphaka kancane, ukupheka ngiphekile kodwa ngithe angiqale ngendaba engathi iyaphuthuma. Ngithola ama message njalo ku Facebook and whats app abantu bafun' ukuwazi umahluko phakathi kwe record and publishing company.

Ngisuke ngananzelel' ukuthi imajority yabantu abathumela ama message bacabang' ukuthi irecord ne publishing deal yint' eyodwa, well that's not true, uma nawe bewucabanga kanjalo hlala nami ngikuhlinzel' iqanda.


A PUBLISHING COMPANY is about the song as a song (ie, all songs written by X and Y).

A RECORD LABEL is about the music as a recorded artifact.

From my limited knowledge/research,


Is someone who acts on the artist's behalf to collect royalties for when the artist's songs are performed, recorded, broadcast, or otherwise played for someone else's commercial gain. Publishers can also be pro-active in that they can build links with music directors, other performers, etc. and try to convince these people to play/perform the artist's songs.


Is involved in the recording, production, pressing, DISTRIBUTION, marketing, etc. of your songs. Usually a record label has a PUBLISHING department as well, so "MOST" of the time, if you're signing with a label, you're signing with a publisher as well.

A publisher is not involved in the recording of music, however. If you sign with a publisher, no one is promising to give you money to record your music and no one is going to release it for you. Usually, then, you'd sign with a publisher if you want to self-finance and self-release your recordings. By the same token, publishers also have an interest in getting you recorded, because that means more royalties for you (and more commission/fees for them).

Ngifake u DISTRIBUTION in block letters ngoba angifun' ukuth' udideke there's a difference between PUBLISHING and DISTRIBUTION, sengichazile i publishing now asibambe i distribution.


Is how albums get into shops. Distribution companies sign deals with record labels (or very rarely, directly with artists) that gives them the right to sell that label's products to record stores that have an account with that distributor. The distributor takes a cut of income from each album sold and then pays the label the remaining balance.

Some distributors expect a record label to provide them with finished product, but sometimes a distributor will do an "M&D" deal with a label.


stands for manufacturing and distribution. With this set up, the distributor will pay for all of the manufacturing costs of an album up front, and then keep all of the income from the album until that initial investment is paid off.

A distribution deal is every recording artists' dream. Most record deals are every recording artists' nightmare. However, most recording artists' don't know the difference between the two. Standard recording contracts require the artist and songwriters to give up song rights and publishing. Song rights and publishing is where the money is.

A distribution deal is different. A major record distributor distributes your music all over the world. In addition, they have no involvement in the recording process, production, and own little to no portion of the music song rights. Yes, this is every recording artists dream. Unfortunately today it rarely happens. Labels use their mass marketing power to lure and trap aspiring artists. Don't get caught.

Record labels have one resource artists want desperately, multi-million dollar marketing campaigns. Notice I used the word want and not need. Indie artists don't need million dollar marketing campaigns, they think they do. This is sole reason I have devoted so much time trying to teach artists to market themselves independently. Labels use their marketing power as leverage in recording contracts. This is how they talk artists into giving up song rights. It is easier to sell as a major recording artists, but it is better to sell as an independent artist.

If you can successfully sell your music as an independent artist, you can definitely get a distribution deal.

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