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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 10 Music Business Books Best Sellers List

All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Seventh Edition

1. All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Seventh Edition
By Donald S. Passman

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Since the advent of file-sharing technology in the late 1990s, the music industry has been challenged to reinvent itself. What has it done? How have the record labels repositioned themselves to cope with these massive changes? How does all this affect creative artists?
No one understands the music industry -- from the technology, to the legalities, to the new industry practices -- better than veteran music lawyer Donald Passman. In this completely revised and updated seventh edition of All You Need to Know About the Music Business, which the Los Angeles Times called "the industry bible" and which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies over the last eighteen years, Passman offers executives and artists, experts and novices alike the essential information they need not only to survive in these volatile and exciting times, but also to thrive.
Drawing on his unique, up-to-the-minute experience as one of the most trusted advisors in the industry, Passman offers new information on:

- The new 360 model of record deals, wherein record companies share in nonrecord revenue

- The Copyright Royalty Board's latest decisions regarding online transmissions

- The developing customs on new technologies such as streaming on demand, ringtones, and digital downloads

- Updates on recording and publishing deals, as well as film music
He also gives guidance on fundamental issues, such as how to:

- Select and hire a winning team of advisors -- personal and business managers, agents, and attorneys -- and structure their commissions, percentages, and fees in a way that will protect you and maximize these relationships

- Master the big picture and the finer points of record deals

- Navigate the ins and outs of songwriting, music publishing, and copyrights

- Maximize concert, touring, and merchandising deals
Everyone in the business -- musicians, songwriters, entertainment lawyers, agents, promoters, publishers, managers, record company executives -- is scrambling to figure out what's going to happen in the future, and Passman is in the thick of these changes. Anyone interested in a music career will need this comprehensive and crucial guide to making it in one of the world's most dynamic industries.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #2841 in Books
  • Published on: 2009-11-17
  • Released on: 2009-11-17
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 1.42" h x 6.30" w x 9.98" l, 1.48 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 480 pages

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"Should be required reading for anyone planning or enduring a career in the biz." -- Rolling Stone

"Any creative person who's considering working in the music business should read this book." -- Jimmy Lovine, chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M Records

"I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the music business." -- David Geffen

"I've spent ten years trying to get Don to open up like this to me. Never has he been so eloquent, so patient, or so thorough. It cost me a fortune to get these diamonds from Don: Now you can have them. For your own. At a fraction of the cost." -- Tom Waits

"This man is so knowledgeable that it's difficult negotiating with him. The book is terrific and a must-read if you want to know how the music business works." -- Joe Smith, former president and CEO, Capitol Records/EMI Music, Inc.

"I almost hesitate to recommend Don's book -- it gives away more inside information than it should." -- Mo Ostin, chairman of the board, DreamWorks Records

"An entertaining and professionally written primer on the music business." -- Michael Eisner, former CEO, the Walt Disney Company

"I highly recommend Don's book to anyone who has ever been interested in the music business. His experience and insight into the inner workings of the music world make this an indispensable work." -- Quincy Jones

"If I'd had this book when I started, I'd be ten times richer and would have saved a fortune in legal fees." -- Ed Bicknell, manager, Dire Straits
About the Author

Donald S. Passman is the author of All You Need to Know About the Music Business, and a graduate of the University of Texas and Harvard Law School. He practices law with the Los Angeles firm of Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, and has specialized in the music business for over thirty years.
He has lectured extensively on the music industry at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, USC Law School, UCLA Law School, the Los Angeles Copyright Society, and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He is also the author of two novels, The Visionary and Mirage, published by Warner Books.
Passman has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for over twenty years, as well as in the Top 100 Lawyers in California, the Top 500 Attorneys in America, Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Entertainment Attorneys, and Southern California's Super Lawyers.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful.
5One of the holy trinity of music business books
By Randi Reed
Speaking as a music business consultant, if I had to recommend only one music business book for someone who wanted to break into the music industry, this would be it. Donald S. Passman's All You Need to Know About the Music Business is one of what I refer to as the Holy Trinity of music business books, along with This Business of Music and Mark Halloran's Musician's Business and Legal Guide.

Passman is well respected within the industry, with musicians and music industry executives alike. He explains complex concepts and legal terms well and is adept at breaking down the complexities while maintaining terminology music industry professionals need to know.

While This Business of Music remains the comprehensive music industry Bible, its legalese can intimidate those new music business concepts or those who are unfamiliar with contract language. Therefore, Passman's All You Need to Know About the Music Business serves as a great starting point to the concepts and terminology of the music industry. I especially recommend it as a prerequisite to This Business of Music.



17 of 17 people found the following review helpful.
3Good book, but know what your looking for....
By sdarr
This was a great book, and I would be outright wrong if I said it didn't provide a comprehensive overview of the music industry. The author does a great job keeping the reader intersted with humor and easy to understand examples.

The only thing I will caution is that it focuses MUCH on the recording industry and how they could mess you over and all of the contracts etc...but not enough on starting your own buisiness and small independant label. This book is great for those of you lucky enough to be at the point with big time label and publisher recognition, but not so much for us indie artist's wanting to start our own LLC or Sole Proprietorship. There are other books out there if the latter is what your looking for that would better serve you and hopefully when I get signed I'll be able to reach again for this book.

Overal great book, but in my case I wouldn't be writing this review since I just recently ordered "Music Law" which I'm hoping will go into more detail of where this book left off with the actual side of running your own buisiness/partnership.

Happy reading, regardless it's good that your reading any music law book since it's a little sad how nasty the recording industry is. Don't get too caught up in this stuff and don't forget to get down in the basement and write a couple of good songs if your a musician!

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
5The Real Deal
By W. Simonetti
An incredible thorough explanation of all sides of the music business. You will find some info incredibly fascinating, other pages you won't want to look at, but the author does a tremendous job of allowing the reader to move from section to section without losing continuity or flow.

A great pickup if you are interested in learning more about the music industry as a potential career path. I interviewed with a finance guy at Warner Music Group, and he said this was "The Bible" of the music industry; I see his point now.
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What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business: The Myths, the Secrets, the Lies (& a Few Truths)

2. What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business: The Myths, the Secrets, the Lies (& a Few Truths)
By Peter M. Thall

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“For someone on the way up, this book is a must; for everyone else, it’s a bible.”—Danny Strick, co-President, SonyATV Music Publishing, Inc.

This completely revised and expanded edition of What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business is a must-have reference not only for aspiring songwriters, record producers, and performing artists but also for record company executives, personal and business managers, agents, and attorneys. You’ll learn:

*How the Internet has affected every aspect of the music business, from copyright and royalty issues to censorship

*How many musicians have seized do-it-yourself Internet opportunities to create successful business models

*How satellite radio, digital jukeboxes, and video games are affecting the music market

*How artists can maximize their chances for long-term financial health

*How the royalty pie is sliced—and who gets the pieces

*What snares and pitfalls to avoid when signing an employment contract
*And much more.

“The music business is complicated, and this book is very helpful in deciphering its pitfalls, opportunities, and challenges.”—Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music Entertainment Worldwide

“Thall’s book simplifies a complicated business, and it provides the reader with knowledge that otherwise is available only to those on the inside.”—Scott Francis, President, Warner/Chappell Music and Chairman & CEO, Warner/Chappell Music U.S.

“Whoever reads this book is getting expert advice from one of the most respected and knowledgeable players in the music industry today. I wish this book was available when I was looking to begin my career in the music business.”—David Renzer, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Publishing Group

"Intelligent and accessible--rich in references, but easily understandable."—David Geffen

“A clear contender for the one indispensable work on the topic, this book delivers the goods. There is no one involved in the music business who will not learn and benefit from this ambitious work.”—New York State Bar Association

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #116199 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-01-12
  • Released on: 2010-01-12
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 1.00" h x 8.90" w x 6.10" l, .95 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 352 pages

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"Intelligent and accessible." -- David Geffen
About the Author
Peter M. Thall has more than 40 years experience of practicing law and has represented many of the world's greatest artists, such as Simon & Garfunkel, Barry Manilow and ABBA.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful.
4DO add it to your collection...
By Cedar Tree Music
Peter Thall's book at first struck me as a good book to have in the collection.

When I started reading it I thought, OH NO, its gonna put me to sleep. Perhaps at times, but mostly I found myself realizing I had not asked myself certain essential questions...which woke me right up!

It IS thick with legal issues. But, we are at this moment budgeting a tour and also negotiating with a manager...and the book made me think of things I would not have thought of. It looks like the book may have saved us from running the tour in the red (at a loss)! We will see how it all works out soon.

Gives a good view of how the money moves in the music business. It gives you ideas you can try to use in negotiations for a better arrangement. Lots of things to avoid and to think about that often get overlooked. What to think about before you sign that contract.

We are negotiating a deal and I pulled out this book and looked through the chapter corresponding to our deal. I got a whole page of questions and things to discuss BEFORE we finalized.

That IS one of Thall's goals with this book. If you forget to discuss it before you sign, then it is too late to talk about it later.

I have read "All You Need to Know About the Music Business" by Donald Passman and I recommend this as a Compliment to that excellent tome on the biz. If you are looking at them both trying to decide...you will have to decide what the application is. If you are an Indie artist/Manager at the early stages of your career then I would say, though "All You Need" is a more comprehensive overview, this may be more easy to take in and applicable to the issues you will be facing right now.

I do recommend them both as Passman discusses many issues not covered here.

Mr. Thall has done us a service. He has forewarned us of many of the pitfalls.

Already, it has helped immensely.

Not a replacement for good legal representation...but it may just save your behind!
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5New York State Bar Association Praise
By New York State Bar ASsociation
"What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Busienss" is a clear contender for the one indispensable work on the topic. An extremely useful, thorough and very practical guide to both the legal and business aspects of our industry. There is a wealth of information that will illuminate and educate the music industry population at all levels of experience. There is something in this book-a lot of something-for everyone. This book delivers the goods. There is no one involved in the music business who will not learn and benefit from this ambitious work.
Excerpted from Book Review of The New York State Bar Association, Committee on Entertainment, ARt, and Sports Law. Originally published in Winter 2002-2003, Volume 13, No. 3 issue, a publication of the Entertainment, Art, and Sports Law section: New York Bar Association. Used with permission.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
5GOODNESS GRACIOUS! Bless the Messenger!
By Open-ended
Reading the preface got me motivated then, I hit the first 6 chapters, which put me in check real quick. Looking for a meal with no fat...this is it! Thall...levels the playing field, which should enable all parties involved on a project better serve each other. Fortunately for players, this book was released.
This information can evoke essentials that you may not even know exist, and help hedge against potential trouble like heeding regulations and scrutinizing your assembled team bridging your weaknesses with your strengths.
It is rare...or nearly impossible to be given legitimate sincere advice on the ins/outs of the music industry via published works. "Confessions" is one, and this is definitely another!
Looking at the artist's net earnings after all expenses, and the standard recording agreement most companies draft up, no wonder some artist's are labeled sell-out's and are criticized for their envisions and protuberances.
If you're 100% serious about making a living working in the music recording industry, and looking to save time and money, "What They'll Never Tell You About The Music Business" is a major fundamental. It's a Prerequisite, expressive and totally educational, no-holds-barred. One of the most unnerving experiences about being in the music business is getting ripped off. Read this so you won't!
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Artist Management for the Music Business, Second Edition

3. Artist Management for the Music Business, Second Edition
By Paul Allen

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Artist Management for the Music Business provides clear, in-depth information on what to do as an artist manager and how to do it, preparing the reader for the realities of directing the careers of performers in the risky but rewarding music business. The book prepares the reader for a successful career looking at the application of classic management theory to artist management, featuring profiles of artist managers, an exclusive and detailed template for an artist career plan, and samples of major contract sections for artist management and record deals. Updated information including a directory of artist management companies is available on the companion website. Artist Management for the Music Business is written for record industry employees who want to know both what to do as a professional artist manager and how to do it as well as for all students studying music business or industry programs.
*Key industry insight for both the new and experienced artist managers *Exclusive planning and management tools *Successful career strategies for managers and the artists they manage *Fully cited text from literature, personal interviews, and personal experience of the author. *Career and business planning for the artist manager including fully detailed and exclusive career plan template for an artist



Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #21314 in Books
  • Published on: 2011-01-28
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .90" h x 7.40" w x 9.10" l, 1.54 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 304 pages

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"This second edition offers unique insights and information for those seeking a career in the music business. Allen (recording industry, Middle Tennessee State U.) gives a detailed account of the politics, processes and procedures from the perspective and experiences of artist managers, as well as from his own career of managing performers and other areas of the business. From making the decision to enter this high-risk, high reward career to signing a contract and beyond. Management skills, understanding the music business, budget planning and promotional guidelines are featured."--2nd Edition review in Reference and Research Book News
From the Back Cover

Artist Management for the Music Business 2nd Edition provides key industry insight for both new and experienced artist managers, plus exclusive planning guidance, current management tools, and successful career strategies for managers and the artists they manage.
You will learn to prepare yourself for a career in artist management and become skilled with the tools to coach, lead, organize time, manage finance, market an artist, and carve out the successful career path for both yourself and your clients.
 The book features profiles of artist managers, an exclusive and detailed template for an artist career plan, and samples of major contract sections for artist management and record deals.
Praise for the first edition
"I think this is a great book, and currently it is the only book of its kind that completely meets the objectives of a college-level artist management course textbook." - Kai Thietje, Course Director, Full Sail University
"I know young managers who should own this book." -Wayne Patton, former Senior VP of Music Publishing for CBS and SBK
This is essential reading for managers, students, and artists in the music business.
Updated information including a directory of artist management companies is available at the book's companion website, www.artistmanagementonline.com.
About the Author
Paul Allen is Associate Professor in the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University and co-author of Record Label Marketing, also published by Focal Press. He is also a frequent lecturer at other universities on artist management and other music business subjects. His career work has included radio, TV, political management, and the music business.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5Immaculate!!
By Erica J. Dymond
This text is an absolute must-have for all who are new to the entertainment industry ... and all who think they may want to enter this field.

Pros:
-Offers a serious reality-check (which is great for those considering this line of work ... it may not be exactly what you envision it to be!) (17-19).
-Clearly defines the career.
-Underscores that becoming a essential "cog" in the music machine is not an act of "selling-out."
-Provides accounts of legendary managers and what can be learned from them (31-46). Real-life examples are a fantastic learning tool ... and so inspirational!
-Addresses what the label pays for (promotional costs, marketing costs, etc...), what the artist pays for (upgraded jewel-cases for CDs, full-color inserts for CDs, etc...)
-Takes itself and the business seriously. (There are not any goofy cartoons, silly jokes, or irrelevant anecdotes).
-The writing is near flawless. And, it is genuinely compelling, dynamic, and detailed.

Cons:
Not a single one that I can find!

This text sets the standard. Highly recommended!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5For Veteran Managers as well as New Ones
By Quality Hunter
If you are thinking about managing an act, you should read this before you begin chiseling out a career plan for yourself and your artist. It'll save you a bunch of time and frustration. Veteran managers will no doubt get some, "Hey, that's a great idea," moments while reading this book. I'm teaching a class called Artist Management and use this as the textbook. Be sure to take advantage of the appendix materials including Ke$sha's artist management contract, and a great example of a band partnership agreement.
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5A Must Have Manual For Any Artist Manager
By J. Garton
The book lays out all the facts, techniques and pitfalls involved in managing entertainers. I would say this book is very comprehensive and would allow a beginner in artist management the ability to get up and running in the business with ease.

The book provides real life scenarios, experiences of other managers and best-of-all, the book includes sample contracts that help you see all the provisions that help and protect your clients.

I would say this book is a must have for anyone looking to enter the field or even for the experienced entertainment manager that needs to avoid lawsuits for making errors or omissions in the performance of their duties or in contracting on behalf of their clients.
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Music Marketing: Press, Promotion, Distribution, and Retail

4. Music Marketing: Press, Promotion, Distribution, and Retail
By Mike King

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Berklee expert speaks on how to market and distribute your songs and group. Sell more music! Learn the most effective marketing strategies available to musicians, leveraging the important changes and opportunities that the digital age has brought to music marketing. This multifaceted and integrated approach will help you to develop an effective worldwide marketing strategy. Step by step, you will develop an active marketing plan and timeline tailored to your unique strengths and budget. You will learn to time your marketing campaign effectively, publicize your music to traditional print outlets and emerging online opportunities, understand the current opportunities for online, satellite, and terrestrial radio play as well as navigate various retail and distribution options, both at brick-and-mortar and online options, such as iTunes, Rhapsody, and other services.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #36306 in Books
  • Published on: 2009-10-01
  • Released on: 2009-08-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .60" h x 5.90" w x 8.90" l, .80 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 272 pages

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About the Author
Mike King is a Hal Leonard author.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
4Very informative book...
By Scott@detone8
I am going to start by saying that "Music Marketing: Press, Promotion, distribution, and Retail" by Mike King is a very informative book. The book lays out, in some detail, ways to achieve success in the music business through the various outlets available to bands these days. The book doesn't strongly emphasize any particular avenue or approach, but does give a fair amount of do's and don'ts that can really be helpful to bands trying to break through to the next level.

However, this book is not for the fly-by-night reader. I would venture to say that a typical band member picking up this book and trying to grasp the concepts in it, would be pretty hard pressed. Most of the stuff in this book seems to be designed from the perspective of a publicist, marketer, or music business insider. While this does work on many levels and gives some great insight into areas a band may never think of, the reading is more in-depth than I would have ever cared to endure when I was in a band. Even as a Marketing major, some of the concepts in this book are a little beyond my grasp.

The book has a heavy lean toward the Boston-area (which is where the book was published, incidentally.) It's not that big of a deal, but I mention it because the music scenes vary from one city to the next and a city-centric focus may be off-putting to some readers. The book also has a much heavier focus on bands that have already kind of established themselves and are trying to make it to the next level or get signed. So, I would caution brand new bands from picking this book up. Furthermore, many of the concepts in this book cost a lot of money with little focus on guerrilla tactics of marketing.

A band could get a few key components from this book, however. Since the book does provide press release examples, promotion examples, and insider interviews, a band could use this as a tool to help model their own marketing efforts. Another good thing about this book is that it provides a workshop exercise at the end of each chapter for a band to understand the concepts better and flesh out their marketing strategy.

This book is great for someone who wants to become a music marketer specifically or a publicist perhaps. For a band, however, it might be a little too much to handle while trying to flesh out the best music you can (because that is the most important part, even according to Mike King in his book.) Don't get me wrong - a band should probably know the stuff in this book as they progress - but, my advice with this book, if you are really interested in picking it up, is to give it to the person running your merchandise booth, to a friend that isn't in the band but wants to help out, or to a parent that would help. Give it to someone who really has the time to work on and understand the concepts in this book.

- Scott @ detone8.com
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
5Calling All Independent Musicians
By Amy H.
I got this book because I am a singer/songwriter looking to get some tips on finding my market and the most effective ways of growing as an independent artist. I am not even through the book yet and have been blown away by the amount of applicable marketing ideas and information Mike covers. Although I would consider myself pretty well versed in the basics of marketing (I'm a web-savvy girl), there are so many things that I've overlooked or haven't tapped into yet. It's very easy to read, but you'll find yourself stopping to take notes or jot down new ideas to use for your band.

Highly recommend!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5Indispensable for Musicians and Managers
By Ihor Gowda
I am an artist manager and have applied the information in this book with great success for the musician I manage. This valuable book will greatly empower musicians to succeed - a mix of timeless marketing principles and cutting-edge tools and techniques designed to fit the new paradigm of the music business. Just get it!
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100 Careers in the Music Business

5. 100 Careers in the Music Business
By Tanja L. Crouch

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The music industry has undergone radical changes in recent years, but abundant career opportunities still exist for beginners with talent, imagination, and a love of music. The record industry and its dealers have suffered recent setbacks, but most other aspects of the music business continue to flourish--and this book tells beginners how and where to find rewarding jobs. Highly talented singers, song writers, and instrumentalists are always in demand, but many lesser known and rewarding career opportunities exist, with new avenues opening virtually every day. Among job opportunities described in this book are artists' agents and managers, talent agents, sound technicians, film and TV technicians, film and TV production managers, advertising illustrators and copywriters, publicists, and many others. The author tells beginners how to match their own qualifications with potential job openings, seek and find job interviews, and get into the music business. For each job designation, she lists the special skills needed, describes a typical workday, and presents actual case studies of men and women who have found music career openings, and have gone on to make the most of them. Sidebar features include at-a-glance career tips and "voices of experience" notes citing the best and worst things about each job. New in this edition is information on how today's new technologies have influenced careers and created opportunities in the music business. The book's several appendices include lists of names, addresses, and web sites of music unions, organizations, directories, magazines, and schools offering degrees in music business management. There is also a glossary of music business and technical terms.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #379788 in Books
  • Published on: 2008-05-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .64" h x 7.82" w x 10.82" l, 1.47 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 320 pages

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About the Author
Tanja L. Crouch has spent several years on the business side of the music industry. She has worked on tours for major artists, placed music in movies and TV shows, and written extensively about the music industry.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
5Interesting content
By Amy
I enjoyed this book. I was more focused on finding about careers more geared towards A&R and managing, but it also has careers involving songwriting, radio, and so on. Easy to read and a nice format.
I especially liked that each career had quotes from an industry professional telling their favorite and least favorite thing about their job. Very insightful.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
4Good revealing title
By Crystal
Do you feel that you belong into the music business and don't know which career you should choose or just want to know what is available out there? Well this guide will teach you more than you need to know about careers in the music business with advice for each career and help you decide what you want to be or what else you need for your business to run smoothly. A great book not only for people in the music business but also for the average person who wants to have an overlook upon this amazing world and how it works.
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5Invaluable...
By A Customer
I recommend this book to students all the time who want to turn their love for music into a career. It's well thought out and comprehensive, with great first-person anecdotes. A terrific way to focus on a path of turning a passion into a job.
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This Business of Music, 10th Edition (This Business of Music: Definitive Guide to the Music Industry)

6. This Business of Music, 10th Edition (This Business of Music: Definitive Guide to the Music Industry)
By M. William Krasilovsky, Sidney Shemel, John M Gross, Jonathan Feinstein

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The bible of the music industry! Now in its tenth edition, This Business of Music has been revised and completely updated to reflect the latest changes in the ever-evolving music business. Every chapter has been revised. An entirely new chapter has been added, asking and answering the question “Are there borders in cyberspace?” The answer is yes, and the book clearly and concisely explains what they are and how to maintain them. Commentary on recent legislation, a reader-friendly summary of the laws on copyright duration, and much more insightful analysis—plus fully updated lists of music organizations and important websites—make This Business of Music indispensable for musicians, agents, managers, marketers, music publishers and groups, colleges and universities, and everyone who wants to make music and make money.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #53559 in Books
  • Brand: Watson-Guptill
  • Published on: 2007-06-26
  • Released on: 2007-06-26
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 1.57" h x 6.68" w x 9.52" l, 1.96 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 528 pages

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  • Published by Watson-Guptill 510 Pages
  • Hardcover by M. William Krasilovsky and Sidney Shemel with contributions by John M. Gross
  • Author: Sidney Shemel

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About the Author
M. William Krasilovsky is an attorney specializing in music and copyright. He has been a trustee of the Copyright Society of America and has served as music counsel to Warner Music and special music counsel to the United Nations and UNICEF. As an adjunct professor at New York University and the State University of New York, Mr. Krasilovsky taught courses on the music business and on ethical issue important to the entertainment industry. He contributes frequently to entertainment and law journals and has lectured at universities and bar associations across the country. He lives in Stamford, CT.





Sidney Shemel died in 1994, and his work on the first six editions of this book is still very much in evidence throughout the current text. Mr. Shemel was Vice President of Music at MGM-UA and vice president and legal counsel to the United Artists Corporation’s record companies and its domestic and international music publishing subsidiaries.





John M. Gross, a graduate of Harvard Law School, practices entertainment and music law. Mr. Gross served as Vice President and General Counsel of the Entertainment Division of Commonwealth United Corp. and later became a partner in the law firm of Arrow, Edelstein & Gross, P.C. He lives and works in New York City.





Jonathan Feinstein, a New York and California attorney specializing in intellectual property strategy related to entertainment and technology ventures, was educated at Wesleyan University and Northwestern University Law School. He holds several patents and has developed commercially successful products. As an entrepreneur and executive in Silicon Valley and Seattle, he has worked with Apple Computer and Sophisticated Circuits, Inc., among others. He serves as an advisor and expert witness on media technology.

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5Still one of the best ever books about the Music Business
By Randi Reed
An absolute must-have. When I was a teenager in a band, This Business of Music was one of the first how-to books I ever bought. Many updates later, it's still the music industry Bible.

If you're a complete novice to the industry or you're not used to reading contract language, the technical terms and legalese can be confusing and slow-going at first. But stay with it; it will get easier as your understanding of the music business grows. Some other reviewers complained about this, but understanding some music industry legalese is vital if you want to be able to cover your *ss in the music industry before you can afford a good attorney. (Later, when you can afford a good attorney, you'll save a ton of money by having a basic understanding what your attorney is talking about. Savvy, successful musicians know what's in their contracts.)

Be patient, and you can get through it; no one ever has to know how many times you have to re-read something before it makes sense. When I bought my This Business of Music as a kid, I didn't think I'd ever get through it! But I did, and a music business career later, I'm a music business consultant.
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5A standard reference work for music professionals
By Virgil Moorefield
I have owned several editions of this book through the years. I am impressed with this tenth edition of a standard reference work that I point my students toward (I am a composer and a professor of music involved with production and recording).
Ever wonder about the potential legal issues involved in publishing a compilation? Or covering a famous song? The finer points of movie soundtrack copyright? Or perhaps you are confused about terms often used but poorly understood by most musicians, such as mechanical rights or what constitutes a work for hire.
As far as updates, I am pleased to see a discussion of digital downloads, the legal issues and battles involved, and their share of the music business pie. There are lists of labels distributed by the four majors-- I didn't know that Caroline and Astralwerks are both owned by EMI, for example-- as well as the inclusion of contemporary phenomena such as the South by Southwest Festival, ascendant in recent years.
But the most important aspect of this book to me is the authoritative voice of a seasoned New York City entertainment lawyer who has been around for a long time and manages to stay abreast of new trends and practices.
In short: highly recommended.
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4The bible
By Jeff M. Brown
This is the industry standard for substantive knowledge of the music business. Deal points, standard contract provisions, the often technical and confusing jargon, and the historical context for many industry practices are all covered here in comprehensive yet concise fashion. The book comes with a CD-ROM containing sample agreements, forms from the United States Copyright Office, and forms from the three performing rights societies. A must for those seeking to understand day-to-day business and legal operations in the music industry. The material can be a little daunting, and at first might seem impenetrable. Multiple reads of a particular chapter or paragraph are often necessary to fully grasp the relevant subject matter. But that's a testament to the complexity of the various segments of the music industry, not the skill of the authors, who are experienced music law practitioners.

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Start and Run Your Own Record Label, Third Edition (Start & Run Your Own Record Label)

7. Start and Run Your Own Record Label, Third Edition (Start & Run Your Own Record Label)
By Daylle Deanna Schwartz

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For everyone interested in starting a record label–to market new talent or to release and promote their own music–there has never been a better time to do it!

Music can be released, distributed, and promoted for a fraction of traditional costs. Veteran author and music-business consultant Daylle Deanna Schwartz (who started and ran her own label) has rewritten and expanded her classic, Start & Run Your Own Record Label, to reflect industry changes and new opportunities for marketing music in today’s climate.

Start & Run Your Own Record Label is a comprehensive guidebook to building a record label, packed with how-to information about market trends and revenue streams for music releases. In addition to updated information on physical distribution, generating publicity, marketing, and promotion, it also has new information about key issues including:

•Balancing on and offline promotion and marketing
•Making the most of online resources (social-networking sites, blogs, ringtones, videos, radio, and more)
•Using digital distribution profitably
•Licensing your recordings for use in the media
•Marketing music overseas

Ms. Schwartz has compiled new interviews with top industry professionals and independent labels–including recording artist CJ Baran (Push Play), Jed Carlson (founder, ReverbNation), Daniel Glass (founder, Glassnote Entertainment), blogger Perez Hilton, Scott Lapatine (founder, Stereogum), recording artist Ingrid Michaelson, Jeff Price (founder, Tunecore), MP3 bloggers, music-magazine editors, publicists, and others–for the most up-to-date, authoritative, and practical compendium available.

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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #16711 in Books
  • Published on: 2009-02-03
  • Released on: 2009-02-03
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .90" h x 6.07" w x 9.10" l, 1.09 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 352 pages

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DAYLLE DEANNA SCHWARTZ is a music industry consultant, self-empowerment counselor, and successful author of many books including I Don’t Need a Record Deal and The Real Deal: How to Get Signed to a Record Label. She has appeared on more than 300 television and radio shows, including Oprah and Howard Stern, and has been quoted in many publications, such as the New York Times and Billboard. Schwartz lives in New York City.

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5A must read for anyone who wants to make money from music
By Observer
I read the last edition but picked this one up too and learned so much because it was completely rewritten with all the updated info for starting a record label in today's climate. The digital sections were extremely helpful and detailed. I loved getting the perspective from a whole variety of industry pros interspersed with Daylle's info. I read it, highlighted many spots with post its and got back to it regularly. Besides the good info it will also inspire you to follow your passion.
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5Comprehesive and specific!
By Alan K. Cochran
This book is far more comprehesive in it's scope than I had anticipated! Through a semi-informal style of writing, the author gives specific details and examples illustrating her points. A seminal book for anyone wanting to start a record company or become a music publisher.
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5An easy read
By Jacynda Marbury
This book is an easy read. It is written in a manner which speaks to the "common" person. As such it is a book which retains your attention. The information is top notched and helpful. Thanks!
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The Musician's Guide to Licensing Music: How to Get Your Music into Film, TV, Advertising, Digital Media & Beyond

8. The Musician's Guide to Licensing Music: How to Get Your Music into Film, TV, Advertising, Digital Media & Beyond
By Darren Wilsey, Daylle Deanna Schwartz

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Plug your music career into the lucrative new income streams of the digital marketplace

Record deals are so twentieth century. Today, music licensing is the fastest route to widespread exposure and a steady income. Creators of films, television shows, commercials, video games, ringtones, podcasts and other digital-age media hunger for music perfectly suited to their projects—providing endless, lucrative opportunities for savvy musicians. Whether you’re an unknown composer, an up-and-coming songwriter, an independent-label performer, or a big label star, there’s a place for you in this fast-growing field—as long as you learn to master the game.

How does music licensing work? Where are the most abundant and rewarding opportunities? Find the answers in this authoritative, up-to-the-moment overview of one of the most effective ways to market your talent. It’s all here:

  • The key players in the music licensing business and the best ways to make contacts and bring your music to their attention
  • Types of licensing agreements and how to understand them
  • An inside look at the licensing selection process and how to get a jump on music requests
  • Negotiating payment and protecting your music in the open marketplace, including international venues
  • Getting music licensed for television shows, films, commercials, digital media, and less obvious markets like colleges and universities, theater companies, corporate training videos, and restaurants
  • Firsthand advice from top music executives, marketers, music supervisors, lawyers, talent managers, and filmmakers
 

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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #37507 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-02-16
  • Released on: 2010-02-16
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .81" h x 6.10" w x 8.92" l, .77 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 304 pages

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About the Author
Darren Wilsey is an award-winning composer, songwriter, music producer and music supervisor, who has written, produced and mixed music for an illustrious list of movie soundtracks, advertisements and television, including Sex & the City and The Hills. His co-author, Daylle Deanna Schwartz, is a respected music industry insider, author and educator, who ran her own record label for five years.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
4In Depth Look at Music Licensing
By Scott@detone8
Licensing your music is a great way to start an income stream and generate revenue for your band. Darren Wilsey's "The Musician's Guide to Licensing Music" is an in depth look at all of the facets of music licensing.

Not only does he explain all of the licensing terms and opportunities that exist for your music, he gives very good advice as to how to go about getting licensed as well.

With chapters about the players in the industry, agreements, and protecting yourself, Mr. Wilsey's advice will give you the knowledge to be ready when you have that first meeting with an industry player or contract to sign. The book also gives some really good advice as to how and why to make contacts in the industry if you want to be successful.

Chapters on how to get your music into each of the different media markets are the gravy in this book. With opportunities in advertising, television, radio, internet, films, digital media, and a host of other outlets, the book covers them all and covers them well.

By providing his own knowledge with a mix of advice from players in the industry (quoted throughout the book), Mr. Wilsey's book is a great place for all musicians to start once they decide it is in their best interest to license their tunes... which it is. - Scott @ Detone8.com
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5This should help all Musicians make music their main source of income!
By Music Widow
This book is really easy to read...it's super accessible. With the music industry changing so much, this book helps musicians figure out the best way to make music their main source of income. Awesome.
I think it makes a great gift for any musician that records their stuff. Esp. kids finishing high school and college.
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5Can I See Your License?
By Rob
One thing every musician should know is how to protect their music! This book will show you exactly how to do that. It explains all the different types of licenses that can apply to your music from top to bottom. It is very informative and leaves no question unanswered. It is written very well and guides you into different categories of licensing such as Master License, Mechanical License, etc. It offers many routes to getting your music heard. Such as music publishers, online marketing, and distribution resources. But most importantly, it reminds you that your music has value and can be a great source of cash flow! Understanding the licensing process and what licensees can do for you is the main focus of this book. It's as simple as 1,2,3. If you create music, then this is your map to make sure you get what you deserve when deciding to release your music to others who need it. As for myself personally, I wouldn't begin to think about releasing any of my music before I read this book. All you musicians out there bleed sweat and tears into your music without a doubt. So make sure you get what you have coming. And understand what is being offered when your music does get placed! This book will tell you everything and then some!
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The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud (DMS - Digital Media and Society)

9. The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud (DMS - Digital Media and Society)
By Patrik Wikstrom

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The music industry is going through a period of immense change brought about in part by the digital revolution. What is the role of music in the age of computers and the internet? How has the music industry been transformed by the economic and technological upheavals of recent years, and how is it likely to change in the future?
This is the first major study of the music industry in the new millennium. Wikström provides an international overview of the music industry and its future prospects in the world of global entertainment. They illuminate the workings of the music industry, and capture the dynamics at work in the production of musical culture between the transnational media conglomerates, the independent music companies and the public.
The Music Industry will become a standard work on the music industry at the beginning of the 21st century. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of media and communication studies, cultural studies, popular music, sociology and economics. It will also be of great value to professionals in the music industry, policy makers, and to anyone interested in the future of music.

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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #506501 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-03-02
  • Original language: English
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  • Dimensions: .69 pounds
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  • 256 pages

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"The Music Industry is a lucid and astute overview of what has happened to popular music since the mp3 met the Internet at the birth of Napster. It is the first scholarly book to make real sense of the present state of the music industry. By looking at the contemporary landscape of popular music from multiple perspectives, including the fan perspective, Patrik Wikstrom provides clear explanations for the consequences new digital media have had for music, musicians, and the recording industry."
Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago

"Patrik Wikstrom does a brilliant job of explaining the wide-ranging digital-driven changes taking place in the popular music industry. Until recently it was controlled by a very few multinational corporations, but now artists, independent producers, and fans are freer to create the musicscapes they desire."
Richard Peterson, Vanderbilt University

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The music industry is going through a period of immense change brought about in part by the digital revolution. What is the role of music in the age of computers and the internet? How has the music industry been transformed by the economic and technological upheavals of recent years, and how is it likely to change in the future?
This is the first major study of the music industry in the new millennium. Wikstr?m provides an international overview of the music industry and its future prospects in the world of global entertainment. They illuminate the workings of the music industry, and capture the dynamics at work in the production of musical culture between the transnational media conglomerates, the independent music companies and the public.
The Music Industry will become a standard work on the music industry at the beginning of the 21st century. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of media and communication studies, cultural studies, popular music, sociology and economics. It will also be of great value to professionals in the music industry, policy makers, and to anyone interested in the future of music.
About the Author
Patrik Wikstrom is Research Fellow and Research Manager at Media Management and Transformation Centre, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden.

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5Great snapshot of the future of the music industry
By Tama Leaver
Wikström has written an accessible and insightful overview of how the music industry has changed over the past few decades, characterising the current industry as a 'copyright industry' which has grappled with digital distribution and, in many ways, succeeded where film and television have yet to flourish. The book champions the fans and those musicians who have experiments with new distribution models, such as the Nine Inch Nails, but is balanced enough to give a good sense of why the industry has had real trouble adapting to the realities of digital distribution and the challenges of peer to peer technologies. A great overview, suitable for a generalist reader.
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What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business, Revised and Updated Editio: The Myths, the Secrets, the Lies (And a Few Truths)

10. What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business, Revised and Updated Editio: The Myths, the Secrets, the Lies (And a Few Truths)
By Peter M. Thall

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Bad news: The music business is packed with hidden agendas. Good news: There’s one indispensable guide that helps songwriters, musicians, executives, lawyers, and managers understand the music business and travel its shark-infested waters safely and confidently. What They’ll Never Tell You About the Music Business sold more than 20,000 copies in its first edition. This new, fully revised edition presents even more priceless insider information, updated for today’s music scene, plus clear explanations and advice on the new transparency in agreements, the impact of agent-artist agreements, new webcasting opportunities, changes in copyright law, royalty limits, and all the other developments in law and technology, plus advice for songwriters, A&R people, and artists, and much, much more. Packed with real-world ideas and tips, What They’ll Never Tell You About the Music Business, Revised and Updated is the must-have guide for creative types and business types—everyone who works in the music industry.

“Intelligent and accessible.”

—David Geffen

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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #242975 in Books
  • Published on: 2006-11-22
  • Released on: 2006-11-22
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 1.41 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 352 pages

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"An indispensable compass to guide you through . . . that most unusual ‘life work’ called the music business." -- Bruce Lundvall, president, jazz and classical, Capitol/Blue Note/Angel Records
About the Author
Peter M. Thall, a veteran of more than 30 years of law practice, is a member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers and the Copyright Society of the United States. He is also a member of the prestigious New York Festival of Song, special counsel to the London Philharmonia’s Millennium Creation series, and was associate producer of the acclaimed PBS special The Papal Concert to Commemorate the Holocaust. He lives in New York City.

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