Answered by Michael Laskow, TAXI CEO
I only have one question and maybe you can address this issue. How does a songwriter like myself get published? This question has been haunting me for at least 20 odd years or so. If you could answer this question I would be ever so grateful.

Thanking you in advance for any and all considerations.


— Sincerely, Anthony Michael Brink

It's a very basic question that requires a long answer. My short answer is that you get published by writing a hit song and getting it heard by a publisher who will either offer you a deal or not. If you get the song published, the publisher will shop it to artists who are in need of material. If they get it placed, they will take between 25 and 50 percent of the total income generated by the copyright in exchange for getting the song cut. There are tons of books on this subject. Check out our articles on the subject at www.taxi.com/faq/index.html and also our recommended books on the subject at www.taxi.com/abouts/reading.html

— Thanks, Michael



To my delight, I've had a couple of songs forwarded to music libraries (and today I even received an e-mail from one of them!). I'm fully aware that it's up to them to pick my song and contact me. Still, I've been thinking:

I guess I shouldn't submit a song to a new listing if it's already been forwarded to another one, right?

Once you've forwarded one of my songs to a music library, will I always get a yes/no mail from them? If not, how long before I can submit that song again?

Hope I haven't missed any obvious info on your site; I've searched in the FAQs. Please bear with me if I have. ;-)


— Sincerely, Patrik Lorentzson


Even if you've been contacted by a company, you may not come to terms per their contract offer — it may not be to your liking. Not every company is the same and their offers can vary.

Congratulations on your forwards and the interest you're receiving by these companies. We wish you the best.

I personally think that you should continue to pitch your songs until you have actually signed a deal with a company for that particular song. No reason to limit your options. Even if you've been contacted by a company, you may not come to terms per their contract offer — it may not be to your liking. Not every company is the same and their offers can vary. So you might as well continue pitching that song until you have found a good deal that works for both you and that company.

As for hearing back from the companies you've been forwarded to, expect to only be contacted by those whom are interested in your music. Those companies that are not interested simply don't have the time to contact everyone they don't want to do business with. =-)

— Hope that helps, Michael



I see in a lot of listings a reference to "50/50" splits. Does this mean:

a) The songwriter gets 100% of the writing and 50% of the publishing with the publisher getting the other 50%, OR

b) The songwriter gets 100% of the writing and the publisher gets 100% of the publishing?

This is confusing and almost never spelled out.


— Stephen GC

The answer is "b)." A "50/50 deal" is the easy way to say that you keep 100% of the writer royalties and the publisher retains 100% of the publishing royalties. It also pertains to the license fee — that gets spilt 50/50 as well via such deals.

— Thanks, Michael



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