In response to my previous blog, ‘How Co-writers Co-write’, I’ve been asked to supply an example of a song split sheet. Eric Beall has a perfect example in his book Making Music Make Money, so you might want to pick that up. It’s also a great book explaining the function of a publisher, and what you need to do to publish and administer your own songs or those of a catalog you acquire.
You can make your own song split sheet by simply printing out a word document with the following fields:
Names of the writers
% of ownership for each writer
Names of the publishers
% of ownership for each publisher
Month and year in which the work was completed
Then have you and your collaborators sign at the bottom.
Keep a copy for your records and give a copy to each co-writer.
If you are not under contract with a publisher or label, then you are your own publisher. By filling out this document, you are simply documenting the ownership of the song for later reference when it is recorded in a commercial setting.