Publishing – How to add Works, Composers & Publishers

Publishing – How to add Works, Composers & Publishers

Publishing catalogue in Curve is separated into five components: Releases, Tracks, Works, Composers and Publishers. Each are individual forms of assets that will be interlinked with each other. We will go into detail for each of these in this chapter.

Publishing catalogue within Curve is separated into five distinct parts. First, you will need to create your (1) Composers and (2) Publishers. These then become available to build your IP Chains in your (3) Works. Optionally, you have the ability to create (4) Tracks and (5) Releases, and to map these to your Works, so that useful information such as Performer names and ISRC codes is included in your CWR deliveries to the societies.

You can create Catalogue either (1) via the interface on Curve, (2) via CWR Import, or (3) via the Excel templates.

Add Catalogue via the Interface

Create your Composers

First, you will need to create your Composers. These are all the songwriters that have a share in one of the Works in your repertoire. Both songwriters that you control and do not control will need to be created. To get started, go to your Catalogue page and select the Composer page. You can create a new Composer by hitting the +Create button on the top right of your screen.

1. Name your Composer – The Name field is for your reference. The First Name, Middle Name and Surname fields will be used to populate your CWR deliveries.

2. Provide a CAE Number – If your Composer is a member of a collection society, please provide the CAE/IPI Number. If your Composer is not a member of a society, you can leave this field blank.

3. Specify whether you control this Composer – Do you have a publishing agreement with this Composer? If so, as a default, you can mark this Composer as controlled. Per work, you will still have the flexibility to mark this Composer as controlled or uncontrolled.

4. Provide the Societies and Identifiers – Via the Societies area, you can mark which society this Composer is a member of. The Identifier field should match the CAE/IPI number of your Composer with this society. If your Composer is not a member of a society, you can leave these fields blank. If your Composer is a member of multiple societies, you can provide additional memberships and CAE numbers via the Identifiers area.

5. Provide the Publisher Agreement Number (For PRS deliveries only) – If you control this Composer and you are intending to deliver this Composer’s catalogue to PRS, then PRS will require you to provide a Publisher Agreement Number in your CWR deliveries.

6. Link a Contract – When matching this Composer to a Contract, Curve will automatically funnel all income from this Composer to this linked Contract.

Create your Publishers

The Publishing page is where you manage your own publishing entities, third party Publishers that have a share on a Work that you partially control, and potentially also any Publishers that you would administrate or sub-publish.

1. Name the Publisher – The official name of the publishing entity. This is for your reference, but will also be used to populate the CWR deliveries.

2. Provide the main CAE Number – The main CAE/IPI number of this publishing entity.

3. Specify whether you control this Publisher – Do you represent this Publisher through ownership or an administration or sub-publishing agreement? If so, as a default, you can mark this Publisher as controlled. Per work, you will still have the flexibility to mark this Publisher as controlled or uncontrolled.

3. Provide the main society memberships – Provide the main performance, mechanical and sync societies this Publisher is a member of, along with the publisher’s CAE/IPI number with each respective society.

4. Provide any additional society memberships – If this publisher is a direct member of multiple societies, you can assign each membership via the Identifiers area. In a CWR delivery, if the publisher is a direct member of the receiving society, Curve will automatically select the fitting publisher’s name and CAE number.

5. Link a Contract (if you need to account royalties to this publisher) – If you need to account royalties to this Publisher through an administration or sub-publishing deal, you can link a Contract, so that any revenue of this Publisher is automatically funnelled to this Contract. If you do not account royalties to this publisher, you can skip this step.

Create your Works

Works is where you store the core of your publishing data. The Work contains specific metadata such as the title or the territories you own a work in. Here you link your Works with:

  • the relevant Composers and Publishers
  • the Tracks which use the composition
  • the Contracts to calculate due royalties

1. Name the Work Title – You can provide alternate titles if there are any.

2. Provide the Main Identifier – This is a unique code that you assign to your Work. Additionally, you can provide an ISWC and Tunecode.

3. Map Associated Tracks or Performers – When mapping Tracks to your Works, Curve will include useful information such as ISRC codes, Artist names and Catalogue Numbers in the CWR deliveries to your societies.

4. Specify in which Territories you represent this Work – Checkmark all the territories where you own the copyright to the Work by checking the box next to them. If you control the work throughout the world, you can check the box next to “World” at the top.

5. Specify all the Publishers & Composers and their shares in the IP Chain – The IP Chain is how you describe the composers, songwriters, publishers and sub-publishers ownership of the Work. The IP Chain has multiple layers;

  • Territoryspecify the territories for which you are about to define the rights and ownership shares in the subsequent links.
  • Publisherin this layer you add the Publishers and their shares. You can select these from the list of Publishers you would have configured on the system before. You can add multiple layers of Publishers to specify sub-publishing or administration agreements. Publishers that you represent must be marked as controlled.
  • ComposerIn the final layer you can add the Composers and their shares. Similarly to Publishers you will select these from the list of Composers that you would have configured on the system before. Composers that you represent must be marked as controlled.

Generally you will have one IP Chain for the territory World, this will select all the territories that were checked in the Territories tab of the Work. Additionally you can add specific territories in a new IP Chain, which will function as an exemption to the World IP Chain.

The Owned and Collected rights percentages must add up to 100. The % totals of the Owned and Collected rights are tracked at the top right of the IP Chain. These appear green once each total equals 100%. The Owned Mechanical and Performance splits specify the ownership of the copyright. The Collected Mechanical and Performance splits specify which share you as a publisher will collect, and which share will be collected directly by the Composer.

6. Add Contracts with the appropriate Participation Rate – At this stage, you specify which Contracts any revenue of this Contract should be funnelled to. To make things easier for you, if you have set up a Linked Contract for your controlled Composers, the system will automatically add the relevant Contracts to the work and calculate its respective Participation Rates.

When linking the contracts manually, you need to know which of your songwriters should be accounted to & how much of the income they are to participate in. As a rule of thumb, the Participation Rate should be calculated according to the following formula:

Participation Rate of Composer = (Writer Share of Composer / Sum of Writer Share of all Controlled Composers) * 100

As an example, a Composer with a 50% writer share on a Work that you control fully, this Composer’s participation in the Work’s revenue is 50 (= 50 / 100 * 100). When we represent just that one Writer and their 50% share in the Work, the participation of that Composer in the Work’s revenue is 100 (= 50 / 50 * 100), since all revenue we receive is from that one Composer’s share.

Additionally, you can provide Specific Participation Rates, that split the income differently across the attached Contracts under specific conditions, such as revenue coming from a particular Channel, Source or Territory.

Add Catalogue via a CWR Import

Via Curve, you are able to export your catalogue in a CWR format. But it is also possible to import catalogue in CWR format onto Curve. This is a useful feature when onboarding your repertoire to Curve, but also if you sub-publish catalogue that is delivered to you in this format. In this process, Curve will create all the Composers, Publishers, Works and Tracks included in the CWR file. You will still be required to match Contracts to these Works.

CWR files can be imported to Curve via the Imports page under the Settings directory. For more information, please visit this chapter in our Documentation.

Add Catalogue via the Excel Templates

You can upload your Composers, Publishers and Works in bulk using their respective Templates. Each Template can be uploaded via the Import button on their respective page. Once you receive a notification confirming the Template import is complete, refresh your page and the Catalogue will appear.

We have provided pre-populated excel templates which you may import to Curve as a proof of concept, or may use as a reference to complete your own data. The example template can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. In this step, you may import the 3. Curve Demo Composers.xlsx, 4. Curve Demo Publishers.xlsx, 5. Curve Demo Tracks Separated.xlsx and 6. Curve Demo Works.xlsx templates.