Development Roadmap for Django Music Publisher

Django Music Publisher has a narrow focus. It covers the needs of most writers who are also original publishers of their own musical works, regardless if they are the only author or not. It also covers the needs of some original publishers who publish multiple writers. And there is no plan to change the focus.

Some things never change

Original Publisher(s)

Django Music Publisher originally supported just one publisher per installation. No data on other publishers (publishers for non-controlled writers) can be entered. This will not change.

Administration, Co-Publishing and Sub-Publishing

Django Music Publisher only supports one original publisher per controlled writer and does not take data on administrators or sub-publishers, nor any territory-related data. None of it is on the roadmap for Django Music Publisher.

Co-publishing deals are still possible, though each publisher has to manage their own data. Consult the manual for details.

Writer and Publisher Shares

Staring with 2020, Django Music Publisher features a global agreement shares setting.

Default is still that controlled writers maintain 50% of performing rights, while the other 50% and 100% of mechanical and synchronization rights are transferred to the original publisher. This is how things are usually done in the US, UK, and many other countries.

However, other countries may have other customs and sometimes rules, e.g. in the Netherlands, only 1/3 of the shares are transferred to the publisher.

The only information, in either case, needed is the writers’ relative (“manuscript) shares, all share data is calculated based on that. This will not change.

And some things do change

2018 releases were primarily about data for CWR registrations, but also about setting up and documenting the development process, and simplifying deployment.

In 2019, internal data validation, CWR generation, and complete test coverage were added, as well as CWR 3.0 experimental support.

With the 2020 version, the deployment to several cloud providers is much simpler.