Understanding the difference between a Composition and a Sound Recording is KEY to understanding how people get paid in the music industry.

And you want to get paid, right? 😉

A Composition and a Sound Recording are two very different things, two types of assets you can build your music career on.

Once you understand the difference between the two, you’ll be in a good position to identify promising revenue streams for your own music.

#1 – The Difference Between A Composition And A Sound Recording

If you write and record your own songs, then you’re both a Composer and a Recording Artist. But that’s not always the case.

For example, Leonard Cohen wrote the composition “Hallelujah” but there are lots of different sound recordings of that song.

By Leonard Cohen himself, who is also a recording artist for that song.

By other recording artists like Jeff Buckley, John Cale and k.d. lang.