How to Register Your Music

Registering your music is an important step in protecting your intellectual property rights and ensuring that you receive proper credit and compensation for your work. Here are the steps you can take to register your music:

  1. Copyright your music: The first step to registering your music is to copyright it. Copyright law protects your music from being used or distributed without your permission. You can register your music with the U.S. Copyright Office, or with the copyright office in your country if you live outside the United States.
  2. Join a performing rights organization (PRO): PROs are organizations that collect royalties on behalf of songwriters and music publishers when their music is played in public. Examples of PROs include ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. By joining a PRO, you can ensure that you are receiving payment for the use of your music.
  3. Register your songs with your PRO: Once you join a PRO, you can register your songs with them. This will ensure that you receive royalties when your songs are played in public.
  4. Register your songs with a music distribution service: If you plan to distribute your music digitally, you should register your songs with a music distribution service such as DistroKid, TuneCore, or CD Baby. These services will help you get your music on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.
  5. Keep track of your copyrights and royalties: Finally, it is important to keep track of your copyrights and royalties. Make sure to keep copies of your copyright registration and track your royalties through your PRO and music distribution service accounts.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your music is properly registered and that you receive proper credit and compensation for your work.