How large a percentage of my royalties can a music publisher claim?

The publisher can take no more than 33.33 per cent for a performance and no more than 50 per cent for a sound recording. However, it is normal for publishers to receive 33.33 per cent of both types of royalties. This applies in the original publishing territories, i.e. in territories where a sub-publishing agreement does not apply.

If the publisher has transferred the rights to a sub-publisher in a specific territory, the publisher’s total take for the work rises to no more than, and normally, 50 per cent for both the performance rights royalty and the mechanical rights royalty.