How much do music publishers get paid?
In exchange for a typical co-publishing deal, the music publisher is traditionally paid 50% of the "publisher’s share" of all royalty Income, which is income from mechanical and synchronization royalties. For your performance income, since those monies are collected by PRO’s, music publisher usually get only 25%. For print music, publishers usually get 20% on the marked retail price, and 10% to 12½ for folios. With the agreed publisher’s share of your copyright royalties, your income is used to pay their overhead and operating expenses, (e.g., office, staff, equipment, supplies, payroll, taxes, insurance, etc.)
(Reprinted with permission from Ruben Salazar, Esq. )