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The Musician's Guide to Publishing & Performing Rights

——   Created by Jason Allen

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Welcome to the "Musician's Guide" Series!

This series is pulled directly from the courses I've created for my university position in Music Business. All of these courses are designed for the everyday musician - amateur or professional - who has little or no knowledge on the topic, but wants to master it.

This class is all about Publishing and Performing Rights. This is to say: This class is about getting paid for your music.

100% Answer Rate! Every single question posted to this class is answered within 24 hours by the instructor. 

It is ideal for anyone who writes music. Especially:

  • Creators: If you are making music, you need to understand publishing. You are literally giving away money by not setting up publishing correctly.
  • Musicians: Performing Rights Organizations pay the creators of music for their "public performance". That means anytime something you've written is played (played live, or even a recording is played in a coffee shop), you get paid.
  • Producers: If you are producing music, you need to understand publishing!

In this class, we start with defining "music publishing" - it is a big topic (and has nothing to do with publishing books...). Then I'll walk you through how to set yourself up as a publisher so you can take advantage of the performing rights organizations that pay the publisher half of your earnings. I'll walk you through every step of the process and explain the logic behind every concept.

The goal of this class is for you to start getting the money that you are owed for your music.


This course is NOT specific to any DAW program.


Publishing has no genre - so all are welcome here.

Topics Covered: 

  • Publishing
  • Co-Publishers
  • Cashing In on Publishing
  • Performing Rights Organizations
  • Getting Paid from the PRO
  • The Publisher's Cut
  • Mechanical Licenses
  • The Harry Fox Agency
  • Synchronization Licenses
  • Dramatic Licenses
  • Publisher Agreements
  • Publisher Responsibilities
  • And much, much more!

If you are ready to start making money from your music, and making sure it is protected, this class will start you on that journey. Get started today.

Dr. Allen is a university music professor and is a top-rated instructor - with nearly 100 courses and over 200,000 students. 

In 2017 Star Tribune Business featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. 

The course project

Submit your first song to your PRO!

  1. Decide which PRO you want to use.
  2. Setup an account as BOTH a writer and a publisher.
  3. Go through any verification process required.
  4. Submit your work through their online portal.
  5. Make sure you have all the data fields correct.

All of these will be easy to do by the end of this class!

35 Lessons

3 mins
free preview
4 mins
What We Are Covering
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1 min
2 mins
5 mins
Publishing: Not Just for Books!
6 mins
Musicians As Publishers
3 mins
3 mins
Cashing In On Publishing
5 mins
The History of the PRO
3 mins
What They Do
5 mins
What Is Public?
3 mins
How the PRO Gets Paid
4 mins
How the PRO Knows About You
5 mins
4 mins
How You Get Paid
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About the instructor

Jason  Allen
Jason Allen
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J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is …

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