In the music publishing world, royalty collection societies that collect publishing royalties are, unfortunately, rooted deeply in the ways of the past. The ways of the music industry’s past have dictated royalty collection for composers and songwriters such that independent artists, unsigned to any major publishing company, have had it rough in recent years.
In the days of music industry past, the composer was almost never also the performing/recording artist. The composer was his own entity. That was his sole art. In the days of music publishing past, the songwriter’s sole hope for having a career was to be signed to a major publisher. The publisher would deem them as a songwriter capable of writing the greatest popular hits, and thus would invest money and time in their composing careers. The publisher was responsible for registering the songs in all royalty collection societies worldwide, securing co-songwriting opportunities, and, most importantly, shopping the songs to big-name popular recording artists for them to hopefully record the song. Helping composers and songwriters get their songs recorded by big-name popular recording and performing artists was the heart and soul of the publishing business. Selling the songs and getting them on radio led to big-time money for the publishers and the composers of the songs.