Publishing From Long-Standing, Popular Christian Music

Earn publishing royalties for an established catalog of contemporary Christian, gospel, and worship music.


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Top Bid: Frank H

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Starting Price: $15,000
Bidding Increment: $700
Closing Price: $25,500
End Date: Mar 29, 2021, 3:00 PM MDT
Dollar Age:

27.06 Years

Last 12 Months' Royalties: $2,828
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years
Distributors: Integrity Music, Capitol CMG
Rights Included:

CCLI Licensing, Mechanical, and Sync

Interests Included:

Songwriter/Co-publisher (World)

Track List:

Track List

First Distribution (paid 30 days from receipt): May 15, 2021
Distribution Frequency: Quarterly
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What rights are included?

  Musical Composition Sound Recording
Copyrights included? No
Public Performance
Sources: Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI), Internet Streaming, Digital Downloads, CD Sales, TV/Film/Commercial Placements, etc. Internet Streaming, Satellite Radio, Digital Downloads, CD Sales, TV/Film/Commercial Placements & Performances, Samples, etc.
Distributors: Capitol CMG, Integrity Music


This catalog features publishing royalties from some of Christian music's most impactful songs over the last 30 years. 

As the winning bidder, you’ll earn various royalties including licensing fees for churches and worship services, mechanical royalties, as well as sync. 


Nearly half of last year’s royalties (42%) came from a very unique source—a licensing program called Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI). CCLI is an organization that allows churches and worship groups to easily license music to ensure artists, labels, and studios receive fair compensation for their work. Churches around the world use thousands of songs during their services and need permission from the copyright owners to record them, make arrangements, duplicate copies, project lyrics on screen, etc. 

The next largest income source are mechanical royalties with 20% of earnings last year. 

The catalog’s highest-earning single is “I See The Lord,” with 24% of royalties, as a result of recent settlement payments for TikTok and Facebook. 


This catalog features songs written by John Chisum. John is one of Christian music's most influential songwriters and worship leaders. His music is featured in hundreds of recordings and thousands of live performances, impacting millions of worshipers all over the world. 

The catalog’s most recognizable song is 1994's “O Mighty Cross,” with 11% of last year’s earnings and 16% of total earnings. The title is used in widely distributed hymnals and songbooks. 

But the top-earning song with 24% of earnings in the last year is “I See The Lord,” written in 1994 and performed by various Chrisitan artists. Other notable titles are “Our Heart,” which has become one of the top mission songs in Christian music; and “Let Your Spirit Come,” a hymnal song from 1989. 

Key Drivers

Dollar Age. This catalog has a Dollar Age of 27.06 years. This means the majority of royalties earned in the last 12 months came from songs that have collected royalties for over 27 years. A high Dollar Age like this suggests stability and longevity. A catalog containing mature works is something worth noting as an investor, as it can help sustain a catalog's earnings moving forward.

Income Mix. The winner of this auction can receive income in various ways:

  • Mechanical: Royalties paid to songwriters and publishers when music is sold (think CD or vinyl) but also when music is streamed “on-demand” (like Spotify).
  • Synchronization: Royalties paid to songwriters and publishers for the licensing of a song in music for a movie, TV show, or commercial.
  • Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI): sells direct licenses to churches to streamline copyright issues for various religious works.

About the Royalty Distributor

Capitol CMG Publishing represents more than 100,000 songs, hundreds of copyright catalogs, and some of Christian music's top songwriters. The publishing division has received multiple Christian Music Publisher of the Year honors from Billboard Magazine, ASCAP and BMI.

Integrity Music is a recording and publishing label that distributes music in over 200 countries and translated in numerous languages. Integrity is a part of David C Cook, a nonprofit publisher, and distributor of Christian-based resources.

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