If you're a songwriter, this is one you're going to definitely want to keep in mind: music publishing reserves. Reserves are a pretty common thing in the music biz. The easiest way to think of reserves is to think of them as a security blanket for whatever company is holding them - it's just a stack of cash they're going to sit on until they see how much you've REALLY made on your music (which isn't always immediately apparent for a number of reasons). However, the music publishing reserves part of a record contract works a little differently than other kinds of reserves, and that difference is one that could have a pretty big impact on your bottom line. Read on to learn more about how music publishing reserves work.