Registering with a Publishing Rights Organization (PRO) is pretty much mandatory for any composer who plans on earning royalties for their work, but I have a question related to first-time projects.
Let’s say I haven’t signed up for a PRO yet, and I have received an offer to compose music for a documentary film.
In this hypothetical situation, let’s say I accepted and made agreements with the movie director, and now I am starting to compose music. At this point I decide go ahead and sign up with one of the PROs available to me.
My 2 questions are:
- Is it my job to register my soundtrack in the first place, or should I leave this to the movie publisher?
- If yes, do I have to register my soundtrack with a PRO before or after the movie is released?