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Managers VS Publishers - What Do Publishers Do?

This week I'm jumping into what managers do vs what publishers do so you don't have to question why your manager wants to own your publishing. Publishing is something an artist incentivizes their manager with, not something that is assigned to them by a customary measure. Keep an eye on your manager so no funny business arises down the road when it comes to publishing. Watch Manager vs Publishers explained right here on the music money makeover show!



One who has the conduct or direction of anything; as the manager of a theater; the manager of a lottery, of an artist, etc.


What do Managers do?

  • The manager does not own or possess any property pertaining to the business establishment.

  • The manager does not own the publishing company or Record company.

  • The manager only conducts or directs the operation of the company.

  • The manager looks out for the well-being of the company.

  • The manager is paid a small fee, salary, or percentage to conduct the direction of the company to keep the company running efficiently.

  • The manager may be paid a commission on any deals brought to the table and closed upon.



One who makes known what was before private or unknown; one that divulges, promulgates, or proclaims.

1. One who sends a book or writing into the world for common use; one that offers a book, pamphlet, etc., for sale.


What do Publishers do?

  • The publisher does not manage the artist.

  • The publisher only represents the compositions owned by the composer, which may or may not be the artist.

  • The publisher distributes the composition.

  • The publisher sells the composition.

  • The publisher manages the compositions.

  • The publisher markets the compositions.

  • The publisher promotes the compositions.

The Illusion

Now because the publisher does all this it may appear that they are actually promoting the artist. The case is that the publisher is doing the work to promote the song which gives the artist the illusion that the publisher is promoting the artist when in actuality they are only promoting the song.

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