Publishers, Songwriters & Composers

Music publishers are direct partners of the world’s music creators – bringing 100 million music tracks to an audience of billions.

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Our industry’s global average is 75/25 to songwriters.


Our companies are the nexus between music making & the market...whatever way music airs, from vinyl to live, streaming to film.


Our industry's repertoire spans 100 million+ music tracks, of 5,000+ genres.


Our double digit billion dollar industry is the direct investor in the creation of music.


We are some of world’s oldest companies (17th century) & defend the world’s masterpieces.


Music publishers are an artist’s closest partner, giving career-long investment & backing.


Our industry invests 10s of millions annually to promote artists’ music.


A universe of music is in our pockets. Digital streaming, NFTs, AI, gaming....our sector is always driving the next tech advance.

Ralph Peer II

Today, ICMP and a long list of Europe’s creative sectors - ranging from TV, sports, film, book publishers, songwriters, football, telecommunications services and photo agencies - have written to European Commissioner for the Internal Market Mr. Thierry Breton outlining their concerns about the transposition of ‘Article 17’ of the 2019 Copyright Directive.

Article 17 addresses the Value Gap for copyright protected content online such as millions of musical works. Article 17 clarifies that User Uploaded content (UUC) services such as YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, Snap etc. are liable under existing EU copyright law for the millions of works they make available and profit from online, therefore they should take a full and fair licence with the rightholders for those creative works. This seeks to fix a drastic licensing, valuation and indeed Digital Singe Market competition issue.

The European Commission is currently drafting non-binding Guidance to the 27 EU governments as to how Article 17 could work in practice. ICMP continues to input to that European Commission process and work with national governments, while at the same time countering ‘Big Tech’ services’ ongoing attempts to water down and obviate the law.

See the cross-sectoral here.

See ICMP Director General’s statement below.