A lot of people manage to work their entire lives in the music business without understanding a thing about music publishing. That goes for everyone from the lawyers, managers, and executives, all the way up to the songwriters and performers. The purpose of this article is to give you a basic understanding of music publishing in simplified terms. This is important because publishing is the foundation of the music business. So if you understand the information I’m about to outline for you, you will have a much stronger grasp of the entire business as well as control over your career.