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Music Business Handbook and Career Guide Hardcover – Oct 20 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 573 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications; 9 edition (Oct. 20 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412976790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412976794
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 18.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is the ultimate go-to handbook for anyone considering a career in music." -- Geoffrey F. Howe "This is the standard text in my music business program." -- James Payne

About the Author

Author David Baskerville received a Ph.D. in music from UCLA. His background included staff composer-conductor for NBC-Hollywood; arranger for Nelson Riddle, Paramount Pictures, and 20th Century Fox; television producer for BBC-London; conductor at Radio City Music Hall; trombonist with the Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and NBC-Hollywood orchestra; Executive Vice President of Ad-Staff, Inc.; producer of award-winning broadcast commercials; Executive Editor of Tor Music Publishing Company; and President of Sherwood Recording Studios, Los Angeles (subsequently operated by Warner Bros. Records).

He also served as a consultant to companies in the entertainment industry, such as Walt Disney Productions, and to research and marketing firms, such as Vidmar Com­muni­cations, Los Angeles.

As an educator, Dr. Baskerville created and directed the music management program at the University of Colorado at Denver, where he became professor emeritus. He was a guest lecturer, consultant, or clinician at USC, UCLA, Chicago Musical College, Hartt School of Music, the Ohio State University, University of Miami, and Trebas Institute, Canada.

He was a featured speaker at national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference, College Music Society, National Association of Jazz Educators, and the National Association of Schools of Music.

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Format: Hardcover
This is an expensive book. But the money, time, and aggravation likely saved with its information makes this book priceless. There doesn't seem to be one music-business topic that isn't covered -- and covered well. Yes, some books on specific topics might give more details, but this volume is one of the most complete overviews of the business I've ever come across. And I've read some of the best, including a well-respected, information-packed book about making it in the music business that was written by my mother about 20 years ago. Only suggestion: get the latest edition of the Baskervilles' book that you can find, since the business is, of course, changing all the time.
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HASH(0xa2d21fc0) out of 5 stars Comprehensive book for pop/commercial music business April 6 2015
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This is a very comprehensive book on the pop/commercial music business, with excellent information on copyright, broadcasting, and the recording industry. There is a lot of detailed information for those interested in songwriting, publishing, copyright, licensing, artist management, and recording issues. Written for those interested in music business in the US, there is also a large section on the music business outside of the US (covering topics like international copyright). I have used this book as a reference book for a music business & entrepreneurship course for students interested in classical and pop/hip-hop music careers or projects . Because this text is expensive, and my course is leaning more toward entrepreneurship in various musical genres, I didn't make it the class textbook. However, when I teach a Music Business course geared towards those interested in songwriting, publishing, and recording, I will likely use it as the course textbook.
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HASH(0xa2e49228) out of 5 stars The Best? Feb. 4 2011
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The music business world covers a lot of ground, if you want to have any hopes of navigating that world you are going to need some help.

Enter Baskerville's text. This is your one stop shop for all things music business.
HASH(0xa2e491ec) out of 5 stars A good reference Aug. 31 2013
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This book is a reference book. It contains a lot of the basic information one would need to know. However it does not go into the online world that much. Nor does it address alternate copyright methods. It strictly follows the hierarchy of the recording industry.
HASH(0xa2e494e0) out of 5 stars This is a great read and a great outline through which to do ... March 21 2015
By AL - Published on
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Musicians-- if you want to work in the music industry, learn how it functions and keep yourself from getting ripped off. This is a great read and a great outline through which to do more research.
HASH(0xa2e49540) out of 5 stars Great Job!! Feb. 18 2015
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I received the book in good time on 02/17/15, and it was in excellent condition. I am very satisfied; Thank You!