Lyricist Sinikka Svärd, Teosto member since 1992. Photo by Juha Törmälä.
Music publishers handle the commercial distribution of works, i.e. that the music is available to the public. Under the Copyright Act and Teosto member agreements, music publishers are individuals or companies to which the author has transferred, by means of a publishing agreement, the right to mechanically reproduce and publish the work in question.
Become a member
Music publishers can become Teosto members, if music publishing is part of the publisher’s regular operational sector.
Member agreements apply to all compositions published by the publisher, as well as arrangements and the related lyrics and translations.
Agreements enter into force once they have been signed and the membership fee has been paid. The membership fee for publishers is EUR 300 + VAT 24%. Membership does not entail any other costs.
You can terminate your contract at any time. However, it will remain in force until the end of the year of termination. The membership fee will not be returned.
Inform Teosto of any new publishing agreements
Teosto will register the publishers indicated in the publishing agreement delivered to Teosto, as the publisher and sub-publisher.
In order to ensure accurate distribution, it is important to have all publishing agreements registered with Teosto, whether they be related to the use of the works in Finland or abroad.
As a publisher, you can submit information on publishing agreements and the related works via the Teosto online service. If you are not yet an online customer, register as a user in the segment e-services.
Good practices in music publishing
The document titled Good practices in music publishing details the opinions, jointly accepted by the Guild of Light Music Composers and Authors in Finland (Elvis), the Society of Finnish Composers and the Finnish Music Publishers Association, whose purpose is to help ensure healthy preconditions for contractual relationships between music authors and publishers.
These are, in a manner, guidelines for music publishing. By following these guidelines, the parties may prevent disputes from arising based on the content and interpretation of agreements. The objective is also to provide the grounds for reaching a settlement, if disputes arise anyhow.