Morrissey and the Smiths Are Seeking New Publisher as Old Deal Ends
Looking for a new job? How about one as Morrissey’s publisher?
The music publishing deal between Warner-Chappell and the catalog of material written by Morrissey solo and the Smiths has come to an end after 30 years, according to a post on True to You, a Morrissey zine.
As such, the post solicits that other publishing companies who are interested in the catalog should email, indicating that Warner-Chappell’s contract will not be renewed.
Bands commonly rely on their music publishing companies to license songs for use in commercials, films, TV, compilations, web series and other similar ventures on their behalf. They also do all the paperwork, registering copyrights on new material, filing performance and mechanical copyrights to collect royalties from societies like ASCAP or BMI and auditing record label bookkeeping to collect unpaid royalties for song use.