A music publisher is a company that helps artists and songwriters manage their compositions and earn royalties for their work. They handle the business side of music publishing, such as licensing songs for use in film, TV, advertising, and other media, and collecting royalties for the use of those songs. Music publishers also pitch songs to recording artists and help songwriters get their music placed with major recording artists. They often work closely with PROs (Performance Rights Organizations) to ensure that songwriters receive payment for the use of their music. Additionally, music publishers can provide creative and artistic guidance to artists, helping them to develop their sound and hone their craft.