for Music Publishers
We have three complete software solutions for music publishers in various stages of development. All would fit the following definition:
Software for managing music metadata, registration of musical works and royalty processing.
There are many similarities between them, they are built with same technologies and, in many cases, they use the same code. However, they are also very different. And not just by features they offer, but also by complexity of deployment and configuration, need for user education and support, and therefore price.
Each will first receive a brief introduction, followed by a comparison table.
DMP is a free open-source solution for original music publishers. Deployment can be done in under 5 minutes with zero technical skills. It comes with good documentation and video tutorials. You only need to know the basics of music publishing to start using it.
We offer professional (paid) support to those who have installed DMP, tested it, and chose to use it. If you need help to test it and make this choice, then it is not the right tool for you.
See DMP.matijakolaric.com for more information.
This software is DMP’s advanced sibling. We are still considering what to call it. It looks and feels like DMP, except that the interface is orange and not red.
It is only offered as a software-as-a-service. The pricing model is very simple. Regardless of number of users, works, recordings, releases, registrations and royalty statements, the price is fixed per installation. We charge €211 for the installation and initial setup and €125 per month for using the software, technical maintenance and user support. This comes out at €1711 for the first year.
(Orange) supports multiple controlled publishers, nominal administration agreements and very basic sub-publishing agreements, as well as multiple, per-territory affiliations for publishers.
In more practical terms, it supports:
- US publishers affiliated with multiple PROs
- publishers who are affiliated with multiple CMOs, effectively self-sub-publishers
- administration for small original publishers, providing that everyone wants to keep things very simple and transparent
- sub-publishing for small publishers, with the same expectations
Royalty processing is much more powerful, although not more complicated.
Clients can be given read-only access to their data.
On the other hand, like DMP, it uses single manuscript share model. It also has no notion of “other” publishers. They are the core of simplicity of both software, but they also impose strict limitations. Like DMP, (Orange) is not for every publisher.
It works great for those who have outgrown DMP, and those who would have outgrown it, had they used it. The migration from DMP to (Orange) is simple and most features from DMP are exactly the same. Even if you never used DMP in production, no time is wasted in trying it and then moving to (Orange).
This software is still in development. It has no known limitations in its design. But, it requires complex customisations for every client, proper education for all users and far more user support than the previous two. It also has a far smaller target group. All this shows in the price difference, compared to (Orange).
The following comparison tables list the most important differences between these solutions. Much of it will only make sense to those who have tried out DMP.
|Price model||Free, optional paid support||Fixed (per instance)||Complex|
|Project status||Stable||Beta||In development|
|Price (1st year)||0 / €277 / €711||€1.711||from €7.111|
Writers and publishers
|# of writers||any||any||any|
|# of controlled publishers||1 (defined in settings)||any||any|
|# of other publishers||0||0||any|
|Society-assigned agr. numbers||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Original agr. - share transfer||Global (defined in settings)||Per agreement||Per agreement|
|Original agr. - publisher fee||General (per writer) or
Specific (per writer in work)
|Per agreement||Per agreement|
|Admin. agr. - share transfer||All collectible||Per agreement (per territory)|
|Admin. agr. - publisher fee||Per agreement||Per agreement (per territory)|
|Sub-pub. agr. - share transfer||All collectible||Per agreement (per territory)|
|Sub-pub. agr. - publisher fee||Per agreement||Per agreement (per territory)|
Common Works Registration
|CWR syntax highlighting||Basic||Full||Full|
|Importing Acknowledgements||ACK headers + ISWCs||ACK headers + ISWCs||All data with merging|
|Automated data exchange||Optional|
|Input formats||CSV (any)||CSV (any) / Excel (any)||CSV (any) / Excel (any) / CRD|
|Manual data input||Yes|
|Storing of data||Summaries||Full|
|Automated statement delivery||Optional|
3Same as input format with additional columns.
4Fully customisable, independent from input formats