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All You Need to Know about the Music Business
Donald S. Passman
0743246373
Oct 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
Our band is about to get beyond the local scene and start wrestling with the industry for record deals and national tours, so I practically jumped out of my skin when I finally found this book. It completely demystifies the workings of the entire music industry--in a musician-friendly way. A tiny, selfish neuron in me hesitated for a moment about telling the world of this book--but hey, we musicians are all in this together. If everyone negotiating with record companies read and used this book, we'd collectively be better able to get the sort of financial rewards our art deserves. Just so you know this isn't a load of hype, here are the section and chapter titles. Your Team of Advisors How to Pick a Team; Personal Managers; Business Managers; Attorneys; Agents Record Deals Broad-Strokes Overview of the Record...


Music Publishing, 5th Edition (Mix Pro Audio Series)

193114009X


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Book Description
Revised and updated in 2001, Whitsett?s guide will empower you to succeed at starting up your own company, climbing the corporate ladder in your current job or adding profits to your current music business activities. Through this one-of-a-kind book you?ll learn how to forecast sales, calculate advances, evaluate copyright purchases, negotiate contracts and licenses, manage personnel and company affairs efficiently and maximize commercial potential plus much more.


Music Business (Explained in Plain English): What Every Artist and Songwriter Should Know to Avoid Getting Ripped Off!
David Naggar
1577465709
January 2003
Paperback
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Billboard
Veteran music attorney Naggar . . . provide[s] a valuable service by explaining the business elements of a recording or songwriting career in simple terms that can be understood by the average person.

Keyboard Magazine
Finally, an explanation for the music business! The title says it all. The Music Business is easy to read, concise, and it covers a surprising amount of ground. . . .

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Start an Independent Record Label
J. Scott Rudsenske
0825673100
Mar 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
It offers useful, straightforward advice and information that apply to every person who is interested in starting a label, presently running a small label, or curious about how an independent record company operates.

About the Author
J. S. "Skip" Rudsenske is an attorney who has been practicing entertainment law since 1989. He represents both companies and artists in the music, film, theatrical and television industries. This book is part of Rudsenske’s Music Business Made Simple series. Visit his Web site at MusicContracts.com.


How to Get a Job in the Music and Recording Industry (Music Business)

063401868X


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Book Description
Get more than your foot in the door! This is the bible for anyone who has ever dreamed of landing a job in the music business, from recording the next Top 10 hit to running a record company. Featuring advice and secrets to educate and empower the serious entertainment industry job seeker, this handy guide provides: details on booming job prospects in new media, a resource directory of key publications and top industry trade organizations, interviews with top pros revealing how they got their start, workshops to help you assess and develop a personalized career path, networking and resume tips, and much more.

From the Publisher
Get more than your foot in the door! Have you ever dreamed of producing or engineering the next Top 10 hit or working your way up from mail room to...


This Business of Music
M. William Krasilovsky
0823077284
June 2003
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Published since 1964, This Business of Music is recognized as the industry textbook, and Krasilovsky, a music and copyright lawyer, offers broad and deep treatment of contracts, royalties, loans, tax issues, videos, and copyright. The new edition presents the industry in four parts: an overview, the record industry, music writers and publishers, and other aspects of the business. The coverage of technology makes sense of recent and coming changes to the laws affecting the industry, the new music delivery mechanisms, and the impact on the organizations that oversee performance rights. The writing is clear, and Krasilovsky presents complicated legal, financial, and strategic information without oversimplifying. An exceptionally rich appendix reprints important primary-source documents like the Berne Convention and...


Songwriter's Market
Michael Schweer
1582972761
Oct 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The key to building a dream career, 2005 Songwriter's Market provides songwriters of every kind of music--from rock and hip-hop to classical and country--with all the essential information they need to build and maintain a successful life in songwriting. Readers will find: *1400 easy-to-reference and updated market listings (including 100 brand new markets) *Key advice on how to market work for future sales, from writing popular single-song hits to creating a publicity campaign *Interviews with insiders who've "made it," and are willing to share their secrets for songwriting success Songwriter's Market is the all-in-one resource aspiring and established songwriters can't and shouldn't live without.


Here, There and Everywhere : My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles
Geoff Emerick, Howard Massey
1592401791
March 16, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Emerick was a fresh-faced young engineer in April 1966 when producer George Martin offered him the chance to work with the Beatles on what would become Revolver. He lasted until 1968, when tensions within the group, along with the band members' eccentricities and the demands of the job, forced him to quit after The White Album, exhausted and burned out. In this entertaining if uneven memoir, Emerick offers some priceless bits of firsthand knowledge. Amid the strict, sterile confines of EMI's Abbey Road studio, where technicians wore lab coats, the Beatles' success allowed them to challenge every rule. From their use of tape loops and their labor-intensive fascination with rolling tape backwards, the Beatles—and Emerick—reveled in shaking things up. Less remarkable are Emerick's personal recollections...


Always Magic in the Air
Ken Emerson
0670034568
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Emerson (Doo-Dah!: Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture) enthusiastically chronicles the lives and careers of seven songwriting teams whose pioneering work from the late 1950s through the mid '60s ushered rock and roll into mainstream America. From Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, and Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman came enduring hits like "On Broadway" and "Yakety-Yak." Emerson follows their progress as competitors, lovers and collaborators, creating a hagiography of these ambitious, often classically trained (and often Brooklyn-bred) tyros, influenced as much by the great American songbook as New York City's Latin, soul and doo-wop sounds. Emerson...


How to Write a Hit Song: The Complete Guide to Writing and Marketing Chart-Topping Lyrics and Music
Molly-Ann Leikin
063402809X
March 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
How to Write a Hit Song is the only complete guide to composing lyrics and music - and getting your songs on the air. It covers everything aspiring songwriters must know to be successful, from creating memorable lyrics, composing the melody, and crafting song structure to collaborating, finding a publisher, and recording a song. This revised edition includes a new section on marketing your music on the Internet. "Interested in songwriting? Here is a book written with verve, dash and humor that will tell you what you need to know. Bravo!" - Will Jennings, Academy Award-winning songwriter for "My Heart Will Go On" and "Up Where We Belong"


Music Business Handbook and Career Guide
David Baskerville
1412904382
July 2005
Textbook Hardcover
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Review
Tim Hays : "This Eighth Edition of the familiar Baskerville opus is easily the most up-to-date version ever printed. Two new chapters add needed subects to the past array, 'Starting Your Own Business' and 'The Digital Age.' The latter, discussing downloading, digital hardware, and copyright initiatives, is a welcome relief for those of us attempting to keep up. I've always been a fan of the text since it is the only one that is truly comrephensive in scope. Baskerville covers the waterfront. No other book even attempts to do this."

Book Description
The new Eighth Edition of the Music Business Handbook and Career Guide maintains the tradition of this classic text as the most comprehensive, up-to-date guide to the $100 billion music industry. This new Eighth Edition expands on hot-button...


Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook: 201 Self-Promotion Ideas for Songwriters, Musicians & Bands
Bob Baker
0971483809
October 2001
Paperback
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­George Frazier, Julia Surrendered, Lawrence, KS
"Since applying your techniques, we've tripled our number of gigs and more than doubled our merchandise sales!"

­Raleigh Pinskey, author, 101 Ways to Promote Yourself
"Easy to grasp, factual and painfully realistic, you would be foolish to prefer anyone else on this subject."

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Life and Def
Russell Simmons
0609807153
Sept 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Legendary entrepreneur Simmons's career bio reads like a history of the hip-hop movement, from his first stint as a DJ and promoter in the mid-1970s, through his cofounding of Def Jam Records and groundbreaking 1980s work with Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy, to his wildly successful cable showcase Def Comedy Jam and his fashion label Phat Farm. But surprisingly, the tone of his memoir, written with accomplished author George (The Death of Rhythm and Blues), is rather flat. Simmons shares tales of his youth in Queens, early New York street-hustling days with DJs like Kurtis Blow, and partying in the Caribbean with Naomi Campbell and Robert De Niro, describing his life as full "of decisions and danger with deep moral and emotional consequences." Long on details and short on self-analysis, the stories...


Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business
Richard Stim
1413300855
October 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Some musicians recoil at the thought that their band is a business. They believe that their music is their art, and don't want to sully it with commerce. That's all well and good--but wouldn't you give up your day job if you had the chance? Music Law can help you see your band as a business and turn it into a successful one. Musician and attorney Richard Stim has filled this useful book with helpful advice on solving disputes between band members, dealing with lawyers, managers, and record companies, and even the increasingly important matter of sample clearance. The advice is extremely thorough; for example, the chapter on band names includes information on researching your band's name to ensure it isn't already in use, what happens if two bands have the same name, and even how to register your band's name and logo. Because...


The Indie Bible
David Wimble
0968621457
Nov 2005
Paperback
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Dennis Damp, Media Web Source, October 28, 2004
Its really hard to find quality material like this that helps Indie artists get their music heard!

Betty Knight, Promoter, October 27, 2004
I am thoroughly impressed with all the information included!

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The Real Deal
Daylle Deanna Schwartz
0823084051
May 2002
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Description
Revised and completely updated edition of the industry classic! The Real Deal is the only music business reference source that offers specific advice to musicians on getting that all-important record deal. Included in this thoroughly revised and updated Second Edition are all the business necessities, creative aspects, and marketing strategies needed for musicians to survive and thrive in the music industry. Readers learn, step by step, how to prepare a presentation package and reach the right person at the record labels, and discover dozens of no-fail procedures and time-tested techniques for making it in this incredibly competitive business. This exciting expanded edition features expert advice from dozens of successful managers, record producers, recording artists, and publicists, as well as three brand new...


The Future of Music
David Kusek
0876390599
March 2005
Textbook Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In what could be one of the most provocative music books published this year, two innovators in music technology take a fascinating look at the impact of the digital revolution on the music business and predict "a future in which music will be like water: ubiquitous and free-flowing." Kusek and Leonhard foresee the disappearance of CDs and record stores as we know them in the next decade; consumers will have access to more products than ever, though, through a vast range of digital radio channels, person-to-person Internet file sharing and a host of subscription services. The authors are especially good at describing how the way current record companies operate - as both owners and distributors of music, with artists making less than executives - will also drastically change: individual CD sales, for example,...


Losing My Virginity : How I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way
Richard Branson
0812932293
October 19, 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
In this autobiography, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson says one of his prime business criteria is "fun." Fun made Branson a billionaire, and few business memoirs are one-billionth as fun as Branson's, nor as niftily written. Not only does it relate his side of near-death corporate experiences, it tells how the chairman literally cheated death by gun, shipwreck, and balloon crash.

Branson's empire--now encompassing interests in an airline, pop music, soda pop, e-commerce, and financial services--began when the dyslexic 16-year-old dropped out of school in 1968 to found the British magazine Student. His headmaster said, "I predict that you will either go to prison or become a millionaire." Briefly imprisoned for dodging customs selling records, Branson got his first million by releasing Tubular Bells, a...



The Complete Music Business Office, with CD-ROM
Greg Forest
0872887111
November 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
This is the most expansive book and CD set on the market today, with over 125 essential contracts and forms for conducting music and entertainment industry business with fun and educational commentary by the author on each document.


Everything You'd Better Know about the Record Industry
Kashif
1885726031
Dec 1996
Hardcover
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Midwest Book Review
Everything You'd Better Know About the Record Industry is "must" reading for anyone seeking to engage the music business professionally. Everything You'd Better Know About The Record Industry is about how to find success in the music business and how to make money doing it. by answering all the questions -- especially those that the novice wouldn't even know to ask! Included are over 150 pages of contracts and their explanatory notes, information on obtaining recording and publishing deals, understanding how royalties are calculated, choosing the right manager, and what it takes to start your own record company. Comprehensive and comprehensible, this is an urgently recommended addition to the reference shelves of every music department and community library collection.


How to Be Your Own Booking Agent: The Musician's & Performing Artist's Guide to Successful Touring
Jeri Goldstein
0960683038
February 2004
Paperback
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Derek Sivers, CEO, CDBABY.Com
"It's the most helpful book on that, "making money, making music" topic that I've ever seen."

RAVI, singer/songwriter, former guitarist of triple GRAMMY nominee, HANSON
"Goldstein's book takes a career from oblivion to stardom, on one's own terms, while maintaining artistic integrity."

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This Business of Music Marketing & Promotion
Tad Lathrop
0823077292
Oct 2003
(Hardcover) - Revised Ed.
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Book Description
The maxim in the music industry has always been "You can't make it on talent alone," and with This Business of Music Marketing & Promotion, you don't have to. In language that is simple and direct, author Tad Lathrop details promotional skills, publicity plans, royalty guidelines, and more, all supported by real-world examples. He shows how the Web and other technological developments have revolutionized not only how music is made, but how it is marketed and promoted. The old rules still apply--create a marketing plan, know your audience, be familiar with the laws of commerce--but there are a host of new ones as well, along with new strategies on how to give your recording the exposure it deserves. This streamlined, reorganized, and updated edition features an all-new chapter ("Twenty Profile-Building Ideas to Use...


Gotta Get Signed: How to Become a Hip-Hop Producer
Sahpreem King
0825673151
January 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Author Sahpreem King lays out the steps one must take to learn the art and craft of hip-hop production. He begins with a brief history of the genre, explains what a producer and beat-maker does, how to build a studio, assemble your production team, and promote your music.

About the Author
Miami has developed quite the reputation for booty-bass music, strip clubs, and the infamous South Beach club scene. Veteran producer Sahpreem King is no stranger to any of these elements. Producing tracks for artists such as SWV, Wyclef, Beenie Man, and Eric Bene’t, along with the Latin flavors laid down for artists such as DJ Laz, Paulina Rubio, Ivy Queen, Tono Rosario and Fat Joe, and A.B. Quintanilla y Los Kumbia Kings, has not only elevated his productions to R.I.A.A....


The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing
Randal Wixen
0634090542
Apr 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Music exec offers an affordable, no-nonsense guide to the basics and beyond. Music publishing is one of the most complex parts of the music business and yet it can be the most lucrative area of income for musicians. Expert and industry veteran Randall Wixen presents a clear, concise approach on how music publishing works today. It is written for the lay musician/songwriter but contains enough substance to be worthwhile for those already holding positions within the business. Topics covered include everything from mechanical, performing and synch rights to sub-publishing, foreign rights, copyright basics, types of publishing deals, advice on representation, and more. Get a view from the top, in plain English. * All aspiring musicians desire to know this side of the business * Famous artists lend quotes and personal...


Start and Run Your Own Record Label, Revised and Expanded Edition
Daylle Deanna Schwartz
0823084337
November 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
"Daylle Deanna Schwartz has conveniently packaged all you need to know to start your own record label in a very reader-friendly new edition. What took me over ten years to learn the hard way has been easily explained in Start & Run Your Own Record Label. If you’re thinking about competing in the often-treacherous world of independent record labels, arm yourself with this book." – RYAN KUPER, Redemption Records In its first edition, Start and Run Your Own Record Label was an authoritative resource for anyone who ever dreamt of building their own record business from the ground up. Comprehensive, informative, practical, and accessible, the book covered every aspect of setting up, owning, and operating a record label. Since the publication of that edition, the music industry has witnessed a new era for...


This Business of Artist Management (Business of Artist Management)
Xavier M., Jr. Frascogna, H. Lee Hetherington
0823077055
July 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
The streamlined, reorganized, and updated Second Edition of This Business of Music Marketing and Promotion is informed by the transformation of the music industry in recent years. Online music has provided much of the fuel, with downloadable songs and file-sharing programs opening up new avenues of distribution and promotion to some 60 million consumers. The new edition of this book accounts for this transformation. Its focus is the full integration of online sales and promotion into the standard marketing mix. To emphasize the Internet's integration into the marketing process, Internet chapters are now spread out to relevant locations throughout the narrative. In addition, the first edition's chapter on promotion, "Promoting the Product," has been broken into several chapters to differentiate activities that come...


Songwriters Market 2006 (Songwriter's Market)
Ian Bessler (Editor)
1582973989
November 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Since 1977, Songwriter's Market has been the all-in-one resource songwriters and musicians seek out. Providing them with the connections and knowledge they need, it's the songwriter's career resource. This edition includes: -Contact information and submission guidelines for more than 1,000 music publishers, record companies, producers, booking agents, music firms, and more -New, informative interviews with Jonatha Brooke, Richie Havens, and ASCAP Rep. Shawn Murphy -Resource listings where songwriters can network and find further support, as well as five indexes to help them navigate the market listings with ease Songwriter's Market helps songwriters connect with the music industry and arms them with the knowledge they need to hone their craft.


Make It Happen : The Hip-Hop Generation Guide to Success
Kevin Liles, Samantha Marshall
0743497368
September 27, 2005
Hardcover
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Review
"Kevin Liles has a timeless, if unexpected, message for the hip-hop generation. Beneath the bling-bling and often obscured by outsized and outrageous personalities, business success still requires vision, focus, discipline and execution. The styles may change, but the basics remain the same." -- Price M. Cobbs, MD
"Make It Happen is a guide for all of you who want to succeed in the music industry -- and in life. Kevin provides the tools he has developed from his experiences and mistakes, and teaches you how to apply them to your own journey." -- Terry M. Williams, author of Stay Strong: Simple Life Lessons for Teens, and founder of the Stay Strong Foundation

Book Description
Kevin Liles rose from intern to president of Def Jam Records in only nine years. Today, at age...

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