How To Register Own Songs To Obtain Licensing Right

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If you have created a song and want to get the license rights for it then this article can help you.
First, you need to decide if you want to self-publish your music or sign with an existing label.
Self-publishing gives you more control and ownership of your songs, but also more responsibilities and costs.
Signing with a label gives you access to their resources and network, but also means sharing your rights and royalties with them.
If you choose to self-publish, you need to register as a publisher with a Performing Rights Organization (PRO) in your country, such as ASCAP or BMI in the US, PRS for Music in the UK, or KCI in Indonesia. This will allow you to collect performance royalties from your songs when they are played on radio, TV, streaming services, etc.
You also need to register your songs with the PRO and obtain an International Standard Musical Work Code (ISWC) for each song. This is a unique identifier that helps track your songs across different platforms and territories.
Additionally, you need to register your sound recordings with a National ISRC Agency in your country and obtain an International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) for each recording. This is another unique identifier that helps track your recordings and collect royalties from them.
You may also want to register your sound recordings with SoundExchange and other neighboring rights collection societies, depending on where your music is played. These organizations collect royalties from digital platforms that use your recordings, such as Pandora, SiriusXM, etc.
Furthermore, you need to set up a process to pay out mechanical royalties to yourself and any other songwriters or publishers involved in your songs. Mechanical royalties are paid when your songs are reproduced on physical or digital formats, such as CDs, downloads, streams, etc. You can either use a mechanical rights agency, such as Harry Fox Agency or Music Reports in the US, or negotiate directly with the distributors or streaming services that use your songs.
Finally, you need to promote your music and connect with recording artists who might want to use your songs. You can use social media, blogs, podcasts, playlists, radio stations, etc. to market your music and reach potential fans and collaborators. You can also look for sync opportunities, such as placing your songs in movies, TV shows, commercials, video games, etc., which can generate exposure and income for your music.
I hope this helps you get started with registering your own songs with record labels. If you have any questions or feedback, please let me know.
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