Copyright/ Music Publishing/ Legal Reference Books
What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business:
The Myths, the Secrets, the Lies (& a Few Truths)
Peter M. Thall. Billboard Books 2010
This revised and expanded edition 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, 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. Author Peter 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.
All You Need to Know About the Music Business
Donald Passman. Free Press, 7th edition (2009)
In this completely revised and updated seventh edition 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, 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, and updates on recording and publishing deals, as well as film music.
The Art of Writing Great Lyrics
Pamela Phillips Oland. Allworth Press (2001)
Packed with things every songwriter needs to know, creative exercises, do's and don'ts, this highly praised book by a prolific songwriter shares a wealth of information critical to a lyricist's success.
The Bottom Line Is Money: A Comprehensive Guide to
Songwriting and the Nashville Music Industry
Jennifer E. Pierce. Bold Strummer (1994)
Breaking Into the Music Business: Revised and Updated for the 21st Century
Alan H. Siegel. New York: Fireside (1991)
The Complete Handbook of Songwriting: An Insider's Guide to
Making It in the Music Industry
Mark Liggett, Cathy Liggett. Plume; 2nd edition (1993)
The Copyright Handbook: How To Protect & Use Written Works
Stephen Fishman. Berkeley, CA: Nolo, 2005 (8th edition).
User-friendly and informative, this book is designed to help people understand copyright law in the United States. This book does not, however, concern itself with copyright protection for music. Chapters deal with information on copyright law, copyright notice, copyright registration, copyright infringement, and other related topics.
Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business
Richard Stim. Berkeley, Ca: Nolo, 2009
Musician and attorney Richard Stim has filled this 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. Because he advises getting all agreements in writing, Stim has provided dozens of sample agreement forms, both as blank hard copies in the book and as templates on the enclosed disk. Throughout the book, Stim provides important legal advice, all translated from stilted legalese into simple English. Both big and little names get into these difficulties sometimes; the book is peppered with cautionary tales of real musicians and their legal squabbles.
Copyright Law of the United States of America and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code
US Copyright Office. IndyPublish.com, 2007.
The Craft and Business of Songwriting
John Braheny. Writers Digest Books, 2006 (3rd edition).
The Craft of Lyric Writing
Sheila Davis. Writer's Digest Books; 1st ed. edition (1985).
Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook
Karen Tripp. Clark Boardman Callaghan, 2009
Provides expert analysis and commentary on copyright and trademark, multimedia, freedom of speech, rights of publicity and privacy, music and television, and entertainment and business. Encompasses books, music, motion pictures, television, entertainment litigation, choreographic works and copyright, international financing arrangements, legal ramifications of future home entertainment technology, the impact of completion guarantee on producers and other parties, and alternative financing arrangements for motion pictures.
How to Have Your Hit Song Published
Jay Warner. Hal Leonard; 3rd edition (2006)
How to Have Your Hit Song Published is a step-by-step guide for songwriters to navigate through the competitive business of music publishing. This revision contains even more savoir faire advice on striking the right chord with publishers, producers, music industry attorneys and record executives, and is written to motivate as well as to inform.
How to Make and Sell Your Own Recording
Diane Sward Rapaport, Loreena McKennitt. Prentice Hall; 5th edition (1999)
Since its first publication in 1979, the book has sold nearly 150,000 copies and serves as a major resource for musicians and music professionals that record and operate independently of major recording labels. The book explains the steps involved with setting up and managing a small record label. These include promotion, marketing, the language of business contracts, and the studio recording and engineering process. It also provides information on how major labels operate. This edition of How To Make and Sell Your Own Recording addresses the important technological changes that have occured in the nineties, including the impact of the Internet and how it is being used as an effective sales, marketing and promotional tool by indie labels and musicians.It is available by mail order from Jerome Headlands Press, P.O. Box N, Jerome, AZ 86331 for $33 postpaid, from bookstores, or Amazon.com.
How to Pitch and Promote Your Songs
Fred Koller. Allworth Press; 3rd edition (2002).
Koller offers practical guidelines (including a step-by-step business plan) and numerous tips for successful song production and publishing. This revised edition explores resources and opportunities on the Internet and World Wide Web, and is up-to-date with the latest recording technology.
How to Succeed in the Music Business
Allan Dann & John Underwood. Music Sales Corporation; 3rd edition (2003).
This guide to music business in the UK includes lists of music publishers, recording studios, record companies and artist management organizations. It also contains sample contracts, a guide to royalties, a glossary, and a comprehensive list of UK contacts, periodicals, and radio and TV facilities.
Kohn On Music Licensing
Al Kohn & Bob Kohn. Aspen Publishers: 4th edition (2009)
Whether you are a music publisher or songwriter looking to maximize the value of your music catalog, or a producer, ad agency, or internet music service seeking to clear music rights for products, performances, and other uses, let the authors who have over 70 years of hands-on experience take you through the various music licensing processes, type-by-type and step-by-step. In clear, coherent language, they provide detailed explanations of the many kinds of music licenses, identify the critical issues addressed in each, and offer valuable strategy and guidance to both rights owners and prospective licensees.
This Business of Music: The Definitive Guide to the Music Industry
M. William Krasilovsky, Sidney Shemel, John M Gross, and Jonathan Feinstein. Billboard Books, 2007 (10th edition).
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.
See also More About This Business Of Music (below).
More About This Business of Music
M. William Krasilovsky, Sidney Shemel. Watson-Guptill Publications; 5th edition, 1994.
A companion to This Business of Music, this volume focuses on six areas of music not covered in detail in the larger edition: serious music, religious music, jazz, the production and sale of printed music, background music and transcriptions, and live performances. See also This Business Of Music (above).
The Music Business: Career Opportunities and Self-Defense
Dick Weissman. Three Rivers Press; 3rd Revised edition (2003).
This book covers such topics as the history of the record industry, preparing and shipping demos, record company contracts, and music publishing. It also offers information regarding college music business programs and such music careers as church music, instrument building and repair, and arts management programs.
Music Business Primer
Diane Sward Rapaport. Prentice Hall; 1st edition (2002)
A Music Business Primerdemystifies the industry's infrastructure and makes it comprehensible to anyone who loves music and wants to make it their profession. The book contains chapters describing how major industry businesspeople make money from artists' works - managers, agents, lawyers, record company executives, publishers, marketers - and examines major provisions in industry contracts. There are synopses of controversial industry lawsuits and incisive interviews with influential entrepreneurs. It is available by mail order from Jerome Headlands Press, P.O. Box N, Jerome, AZ 86331 for $33 postpaid, from bookstores, or Amazon.com.
The Musician's Business and Legal Guide
Mark Halloran. Prentice Hall; 4th edition (2007)
Definitive in scope and written specifically for musicians and songwriters by top professionals currently working in the industry, this book demystifies the music business and the indecipherable body of law which shapes it, and provides substantive information on actual practices--with clause-by-clause commentaries on all major contracts in the industry. Requires no background in law or business and is written in plain English, not "legalese. Includes relevant forms. Follows the typical development of a musician's career--Getting Started, Music as a Business; Protecting Your Compositions; Music Publishing; Performing and Marketing; Managers and Agents; and Recording.
Music Business Handbook and Career Guide
David Baskerville & Tim Baskerville. Sage Publications, Inc; 9th edition (2009)
A comprehensive, up-to-date guide to the music industry and includes: greater coverage of digital technology and new marketing and distribution channels; new business models including the independent musician, the evolving role of producers, and satellite and internet radio; expanded coverage or the international scene; and additional and updated information on careers, especially in context of a changing business environment.
Music, Money and Success (Music, Money & Success: The Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Music Business)
Todd Brabec and Jeff Brabec. Music sales; 6th edition. (2008)
New Songwriter's Guide to Music Publishing: Everything You Need to Know to Make the Best Publishing Deals for Your Songs
Randy Poe. F & W Publications; 3rd edition (2005).
Music Publishing: The Real Road to Music Business Success
Tim Whitsett. Artistpro; 6th edition (2007).
An excellent guide for people starting or operating their own music publishing company. Learn how music publishers work, and what it takes to set up your business. Includes chapters on performing right societies, songwriting contracts, and administrating a publishing company.
Selling Songs Successfully
Henry Boye. Lifetime Books, Inc.; 1995 Ed edition (1995)
Sell Your Music: How to Profitably Sell Your Own Recordings Online
Mark W. Curran. NMD Books (2010)
This book shows how to make money selling one's own music on the Internet, with advice on recording and selling music from home, designing a music sales Web site, becoming a guerilla music publicist, forming an online record label, and getting free publicity from TV, radio, print, and Internet media. Also gives instructions for setting up a home-based digital music studio. Appendixes list merchant account sources, music publications, online music sites, and indie music organizations, and explain Usenet, search engine placement, writing press releases, and Internet radio.
The Songwriters Idea Book: 40 Strategies to Excite Your Imagination, Help You Design Distinctive Songs, and Keep Your Creative Flow
Sheila Davis. Sheila Davis. F&W Publications; 1st edition (1994).
2010 Songwriter's Market: Where & How to Market Your Songs
Writers Digest Books; New Edition (2009)
Successful Lyric Writing: A Step-By-Step Course & Workbook
Sheila Davis. Writer's Digest Books; 1st ed edition (1988).
The Ultimate Survival Guide for the New Music Industry: A Handbook for Hell
Justin Goldberg. Lone Eagle Publishing Company; Bk&CD-Rom edition (2004)
From setting up an indie label to shopping songs and gaining airplay and getting signed (or not), these invaluable insights are vividly documented in a detailed, informative guide to creating a career in music. The accompanying CD-ROM is a music industry contact directory.
How They Made It: True Stories of How Music's Biggest Stars Went from
Start to Stardom
Dan Kimpel. Hal Leonard (2006).
Everyone comes from somewhere: How They Made It is a savvy insider's tale that traces the career trajectories of a cross section of top selling recording artists, puncturing the mythologies of the music business to reveal the truths within. Hard work and persistence are the common themes, dispelling the notion of "overnight success." Artists covered include Jim Brickman, Green Day, Norah Jones, Maroon5, John Mayer, Alanis Morissette, OutKast, Rufus Wainright and Lee Ann Womack.
Networking Strategies for the New Music Business
Dan Kimpel. Artistpro; 2nd edition (2005).
If the philosophy 'Who you know, what you know, and who knows you' can ever be considered true, it's in the music business. Every deal that goes down in the music business is almost always a direct result of a personal contact. From the well-known author of the very successful Networking in the Music Business, this book acts as a guide to making your personal strengths and relationships with others work for you in this unique industry. You'll learn the importance of connecting to others who share your aspirations, energies, and enthusiasm. You'll understand how to strategize your way to a successful career through personal relationships. Whether you're a professional or an aspirant in the music business — a songwriter, recording artist, musician, composer, music editor, music educator, music publisher, DJ, publicist, PR expert, entertainment lawyer — or if you plan on working with any of the above, this book is your key to developing the people skills necessary to achieve success in this billion dollar global industry.