Has your release already been distributed? If so, you will not be able to make changes to your songwriter and publisher information from within your account. Instead, you need to submit a request through the CD Baby Pro Publishing Help Center request form.
Do you still need to add songwriters to your CD Baby Pro Publishing release? If so, please read this Help Center article first, then return to this article once you have added songwriters to the first track of your release.
If you have added songwriters to the first track of your release and require assistance entering songwriter splits and publisher information within your account, please keep reading!
Once you have added songwriters to a track, you will need to enter the following information for each track:
- What did the songwriters contribute to the track? Music, lyrics or both?
- What percent of the track do the songwriters own? What are the songwriter splits?
- Do the songwriters have a publisher?
What did the songwriter contribute to the track? Music, lyrics or both?
"Music" typically refers to the melody, but can include other musical aspects as well. Often times, chord progressions, bass lines, arrangements, key changes, and other musical elements of a song can inform the melody and help piece together a composition. If a songwriter contributed music but did not write any of the lyrics, you should only check the "Music" box for that songwriter.
"Lyrics" refers to the actual words used in a song. If a songwriter helped write lyrics but did not contribute to the composition in other ways, you should only check the "Lyrics" box for that songwriter.
If a songwriter contributed both music and lyrics you should check both "Music" and "Lyrics" boxes.
What percent of the track do the songwriters own? What are the songwriter splits?
We cannot stress enough how important it is to enter the correct songwriter splits during the submission process. The information you enter here is what we will be sending to your Performance Rights Organization (PRO) and other collection societies around the world when registering your works.
Songwriter splits should always equal 100%. If a song only has one songwriter, you will enter their percentage ownership as 100%. If a song has multiple songwriters, you will enter each songwriter's percentage ownership separately and each share will need to equal 100%.
It is necessary to come to an agreement with your co-writers before entering songwriter splits. We strongly suggest signing a split sheet with your co-writers before entering songwriter splits. You can download CD Baby's split sheet template below.
If entered incorrectly, you will have the option to request an update later by submitting a request through the CD Baby Pro Publishing Help Center request form. That being said, it can take collection societies multiple calendar quarters to make corrections, and often times we end up having to send the same request multiple times. If your songs are generating royalties in the meantime, you and your co-writers will continue to be paid out with the same songwriter splits until the corrections are made with the collection societies.
Do the songwriters have a publisher?
- Choose "Yes" if they have a self-owned publishing entity with their PRO. The publisher name must be entered exactly as it appears with their PRO.
- Choose "No" if they do not have a self-owned publishing entity. This will result in the publisher field defaulting to "CD Baby Publishing."
- Choose "Yes" if they have a self owned publishing entity with their PRO or their share of this work is being claimed by another publisher or publishing administrator. The publisher name must be entered exactly as it appears with their PRO.
- Choose "No" if neither of the above apply. This will result in the publisher field defaulting to the songwriter's name.