All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Revised and Updated for the 21st Century Hardcover – Oct 3 2000
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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 Business; Advances and Recoupments; Real-Life Numbers; Other Major Deal Points; Producer Deals; Advanced Record Deal Points; Advanced Royalty Computations; Loan-out, Independent Production, Label, and Distribution Deals
- Songwriting and Music Publishing
- Copyright Basics; Publishing Companies and Major Income Sources; Secondary Publishing Income; Songwriter Deals; Copublishing and Administration Deals; Advanced Copyright Concepts; Even More Advanced Copyright Concepts
- Group Issues
- Tour Merchandising; Retail Merchandising
- Motion Picture Music
- Overview of Motion Picture Music; Performer Deals; Film Songwriting Deals; Composer Agreements; Licensing Existing Recordings and Existing Songs for Motion Pictures; Music Supervisors; Soundtrack Album Deals
From Library Journal
An entertainment lawyer whose clients include many from the top of the music charts, Passman has written a book that sets out to give musicians, performers, and songwriters the tools to hire advisers, market their careers, protect their creative works, and generally cope with a complex industry in a state of flux. Passman explains boilerplate language, the complexities of royalties and advances, and label and distribution deals; a section on record deals begins with an overview of the business and works through all the steps. The "Adventures in Cyberspace" chapter is a helpful summary of the way CD-ROMs and the Internet are affecting the business. Included here is information on recent legislation and a look at how digitizing music delivery will continue to change things. Packed with illustrations, sample calculations, and definitions, All You Need To Know is humorous and accessible enough for those who just want to understand the business while being detailed and documented enough for those who make a living from it.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This book is not a corporate book, its informative so I suggest to read it so you know how to set up your stuff
or understand what is the music business and be lucky
Minimal but very helpful. I like how Sutherland is able to give the Canadian version in a concise but brief matter at the end of each chapter. IT makes sense to have both the American perspective and the Canadian perspective we live near each other and do business together. I mean it's nice to know how you should go about if you do business down there.Read more ›
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I am very happy with the book. It was delivered as advertised.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book was great. But you sent me 2 to the same address.I have to send one back on my fine. Not very happy about it.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Arrived with small gunk on it, was sold as new.
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A must-read for Canadian musicians. It's got literally everything you need to know.Published 16 months ago by Charlotte
I really appreciate the thoroughness, humour, and wealth of information this book provides regarding the business side of the American and Canadian music industry. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Happy Violinist
Passman's book is an essential, edition after edition. Insightful, witty, current (as current as a book can be :). Read morePublished on June 12 2014 by Jim Norman
Cet excellent livre n`a jamais été traduit en francais et ne le sera sans doute jamais, car il concerne avant tous les Etats-Unis. D. Read morePublished on May 5 2005