Without a song, there would be nothing to perform or record, so it is logical to begin a closer examination of the three income streams with music publishing. This income stream is referred to as the music-publishing stream and not the songwriting stream because very few people ever made any money from simply writing a song. The money was made from the publication (uses) of that song. Even when songwriters "own their own" songs, the songs are almost always actually owned, in the copyright sense, by a music publisher, even if it is the songwriter’s music publishing company. Therefore the primary focus of this chapter is music publishing instead of songwriting. However, there are so many aspiring songwriters in bands and as “just plain” songwriters that the development of writers deserves some mention here. The same has been done for aspiring recording artists throughout the book.