Hello, thank you in advance for your advice. I have recently started a record label. I have acquired all licenses necessary for an LLC. In the next couple months I will be financing the recording and manufacturing for a couple bands albums. I have read through this forums and several books regarding starting and maintaining a label. The only issue I am having is in the area of publishing. I am inquiring about on all steps needed to be taken regarding publishing to release these albums. I know that I can join one of the major 3 publishers, but I am not sold on the details of why exactly this is necessary. I know starting a publishing subsidiary of the label is something that is feasible in terms of independent labels, I just don't know where this fits in with me trying to avoid the demon that is the RIAA. I really just would like advice in this matter on what options I have, from someone who has dealt with this in past experience. Thank you again for your help and any help would be greatly appreciated.