Music Publishing Administration

As a Music Publishing Administrator, 1710Media administers your compositions by licensing, registering and collecting royalties on behalf of your compositions, ensuring you are not leaving any money on the table.

Your compositions (which are attached to those sound recordings) will be registered with collection societies that pay you performance and mechanical royalties when your music is sold, streamed or performed publicly.

Our music publishing administration service will empower you to create, knowing you'll earn royalties on top of your distribution revenue. We have a system in place to pitch, liase, license, and collect royalties when your Music is used;

  • In Businesses that play / Use background, recorded, broadcast or live music in public.
  • On Terrestrial radio (FM/AM radio stations) and Television stations.
  • In Digital marketplaces (iTunes, Amazon, etc).
  • On Interactive or on-demand streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer, etc).
  • On Non-interactive web casters (Pandora, Rdio, etc).
  • As physical products (such as records, CDs and DVDs - Alaba Mixtape, etc).
  • Into audio-visual entertainment (Synchronization) including: TV, film, games, Social Media, advertising.


Music Publishing Administration Features

Worldwide Representation

We register your music directly with 60+ royalty collection organisations in Nigeria and over 100 other countries.


Our proprietary tools allow us to track every recording of your songs and ensure you're being paid for each of them.


We have the infrasture and partnerships to claim your; Performance, Mechanical, Digital, Neighboring, and Synchronization Royalties. Our detailed statement reviews  ensure you get paid every penny your songs earn.

Creative Resources

We pitch songs daily to tv shows, films, video games, promos, and commercials. We are able to obtain the highest possible fees for our clients. 

Claim royalty back payments

You can claim royalties from as far back as 2 years ago in many cases.

Submit as many compositions as you like

No limit to the number of songs you can register.

Keep 100% of your rights

Get paid when other people use your music on YouTube.

Keep 90% of the royalties you earn

We charge a 10% administration fee for all royalty types. You keep 90%.

  • We manage all aspects of Registration, Licensing, and Royalty collection processes.

  • Worldwide collection: We register your music directly with 60+ royalty collection organisations in Nigeria and over 100 other countries.

  • Claim royalty back payments: You can claim royalties from as far back as 2 years ago in many cases.

  • Register live performances: Earn royalties from your past and present live performances.

  • Get royalties when your music is used in; Hotels, Clubs, Online, TV and Radio stations, Halls, Transport Facilities, and many others.

  • Keep 90% of all royalties: We charge a 10% administration fee for all royalty types.

  • You pay a one-time fee (per songwriter): We charge a one-time fee per songwriter. Not annual, not per-release, Its just one time.


Check out some of the Most Frequently asked questions relating to Music Publishing Administration.

Music publishing administration is a service that relieves artists of publishing responsibilities so they can focus on creating and building their audience. A publishing administrator will help you earn money from the composition by managing your copyright and income.

1710Media will register your music with performing rights organizations and collection societies across the world - they charge any businesses for the right to play recordings or host performances of your music.

The PRO will then distribute royalties to you, the artist, through your publishing administrator (US). You'll receive compensation when your music plays on the radio, at a restaurant, on a TV broadcast and more.

A publisher is the owner of a composition’s copyright. If there is no deal in place with an outside publisher, then the songwriter(s) is the publisher.

A publishing administrator is empowered by the publisher to manage their copyrights and account for the income they earn. A publishing administrator does NOT own a part of the composition but does this work in exchange for a small commission on the revenue collected.

Publishing Admin means you retain ownership of your publishing. We get paid a commission for collecting revenue.

A Publishing Administrator plays the role of “distributor” to make sure your music is properly registered and collecting royalties.

We register your music directly with 60+ royalty collection organisations in Nigeria and over 100 other countries.

We act as a publishing administrator for our clients, meaning we can register songs and collect royalties on their behalf without owning any percentage of their copyrights.

With 1710Media as your administrator, your works will be connected to Performing Rights Organizations (PROs), Collective Management Organizations (CMOs), and other collection socities locally and internationally.

We register songs with 60+ performance and mechanical collection societies worldwide in order to collect royalties generated from sales, streams, radio play, live performances, television broadcasts, etc.

The various societies process the registrations at different paces, and pay royalties out on varying timelines, so it typically takes 4-12 months before clients see their first royalty statement.

After the initial statement, as long as royalties are being generated, they'll be paid out by us quarterly on the following quarter they are released. We take a 10% commission on all royalties we collect on your behalf.

No. As a publishing administrator, we take no ownership of your copyrights. We collect a 10% fee on anything we collect for you. When the term is over you are free to renew, take over the administration yourself, or sign with another publisher. You always keep ownership of your publishing with 1710Media.

Performing rights organizations like ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC collect your performance royalties only, and we work with them to collect these royalties on your behalf. In addition, 1710Media is also able to collect 13 different types of royalties for you, some of which are nearly impossible to collect without a publishing administrator.

1710Media Music Publishing Admin;

  • February  (Distributing royalties received during October-December of the previous year)
  • May (Distributing royalties received during Jan-March)
  • August (Distributing royalties received during April-June)
  • November (Distributing royalties received during July-September)

Through our Music Distribution service, we handle the distribution of your music, placing it in stores like Spotify, iTunes, etc. In general, we will pay you royalties from your ownership of the recording.

Unless you enter a publishing agreement with Us, you are likely not collecting your royalties from the ownership of your composition, in other words, your music publishing royalties.

Our Music Agency can also help you with Music Publishing. We are a 1-stop-shop for collecting on all of your publishing rights.

So, through Music Distribution, you earn from your 'recording' ownership and through Music Publishing, you earn from your 'composition' ownership.

If you have collaborated on the song creation process, you are a songwriter. Whether you’re writing alone with a piano or in the studio with a crowd; whether you’re a beatmaker, a producer, a topliner, or a band member; if you’ve got songwriting credit on songs that have been or will be released, you’re a songwriter who needs a music publishing administrator.

As an independent artist, royalties are one of your most substantial revenue streams. 1710Media will help you capitalize on a few types of royalties.


  • Performance Royalties

Performance royalties are earned when your composition is played on digital radio-like services (e.g. Pandora), when your composition is accessed and played through on-demand streaming services (e.g. Spotify), and when your composition is performed in venues, bars, and restaurants. 


  • Mechanical Royalties

Mechanical royalties are those you earn for any reproduction of one of your compositions. There are a few instances where mechanical royalties will come into play.

Today, mechanical royalties from streaming services are the most prominent form you can earn. Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL and others will pay you a small amount for every stream your songs receive. Usually, the payment amounts to around $0.06 for every 100 streams.

1710Media also helps artists collect mechanical royalties for downloads from online stores, primarily iTunes. Artists earn roughly 9.1 cents for every purchase of one of their songs, or $9.10 for every 100 downloads.


  • Global YouTube Publishing Royalties

1710Media also collects royalties whenever one of your songs plays in a Youtube video that isn't your own. These royalties come from the video's ad revenue and the monthly subscription fees ad-free users pay. You can earn performance and mechanical royalties from YouTube in four situations:

  • Someone posts some or all of your song to YouTube
  • Your music is featured in the background of someone's video
  • Someone covers your song in a video
  • Someone films a performance of your music and posts it on their channel.

When your music is streamed in an interactive service like Spotify or Google Play, sold as a permanent download on iTunes or Amazon, sold in physical form, or synchronized with a moving image (as in a commercial or film sync placement), you are owed some form of income as a publisher that Performing Rights Societies do not collect for you.

Through partnerships, you earn performance and mechanical royalties from about 95% of the music publishing market. You have access to direct collection from 60+ societies, covering 100+ countries/territories.

Publishing ensures you receive revenue for the composition, which is the overall musical work. It's a matter of monetization and promotion. The publisher seeks opportunities for a song to be performed and played.

As an independent artist who composes your own music, you are the publisher, so the responsibility of maximizing your composition's earning potential is in your hands.

A song's composition refers to the parts that form its whole — those being the melody, notable harmonies, drum patterns, and — in some cases but not all — the lyrics.

Basically, the composition describes the details that make the song distinguishable. The composition is different from the master, which is the particular expression of the composition.

For example, a master is a specific recording of the song, where the composition is the general song's existence. The ownership of a song's composition is yours the moment you write it.