How does music publishing work?

Publishing songs is simply the activity of making your creative work “public”. This means distributing your song, music or publication beyond your immediate circle of family and friends. A song can be published simply by performing it at a ticketed concert or making copies to put on the seats at a conference Songs can be published in many forms which include: Sheet Music, Audio Recordings, Lyric Sheets, Live videos, Lyric Videos and many more. Anyone can publish their material but when most people refer to publishing they are referring to “getting published”. In other words, they are looking for someone to lend time, money, expertise, exposure to their talents. There are many steps to the self publishing process which are too numerous to list here. There are on line resources and instructional videos available through numerous companies and institutions that exist to serve independent songwriter, artists, churches, etc. Here are just a few of those resources: http://members.cdbaby.com/campaigns/music-publishing-101.pdf http://www.thecopyrightcoach.com/ http://cmpamusic.org/copyrights/

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How does music licensing work?

The United States and most developed nations around them world have a set of copyright laws in place that govern and direct individuals and organizations in how they use someone else’s creative and intellectual content (Intellectual Property). Many rights are exclusive to the owner/publisher of the content and some are non-exclusive. Most publishers have designated one or more entities to help administer their rights, license their content, collect the royalties and distribute the monies to both the publisher and songwriters involved in particular songs. For general information on music licensing you can reference the following resources: http://cmpamusic.org/copyrights/ http://TheCopyrightCoach.com

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How do I license recordings?

Please see our "Licensing" page for more information on licensing.

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Are you accepting music demos?

At this time, we are only able to accept song submissions from Gateway Worship staff members, Gateway-affiliated churches, or songwriters with a direct referral from either source.

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How do you choose books to publish?

We publish resources that express and align with the vision and mission of Gateway Church to serve the global church.

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Will you review my manuscript?

At this time, we are only able to accept manuscript submissions from Gateway pastoral staff members, Gateway-affiliated churches, or authors with a direct referral from either source.

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How does self publishing work?

A self published author assumes the cost of manuscript preparation, printing, and marketing. Gateway members can self publish through the Gateway imprint of Pulon Press. Pulon (Greek for gateway) provides professional and affordable services to authors.

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