Recording Industry Reference Books

Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music: Business Leaders Advocating Music Education as an Instrument of Their Success
Craig Cortello. La Dolce Vita Publishing; 1st edition. (2009)

A compilation of interviews with 32 CEOs and business leaders who played music as a child or adolescent and view that experience as a defining one in preparing them for success. The 9 common lessons learned, attributes developed, and insights gained are identified, discussed, and illustrated through the experience and personal accounts of the research participants. These illuminating musical stories chronicle the journeys of these business leaders from the band room to the boardroom. This unique and entertaining perspective on the power of music education is ideal reading for business leaders, innovators, educators, musicians, music hobbyists, and other music enthusiasts.

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Pro Tools for Musicians and Songwriters

At last, here's a Pro Tools book written by a musician for other musicians. Author Gina Fant-Saez knows first-hand how frustrating it can be when you first make the move to using Pro Tools. Rather than overwhelm you with every detail of the program, Pro Tools for Musicians and Songwriters teaches only the essentials you need to record, enhance, and output your music. To learn more about the book and to get a 35% discount on your copy today, please visit www.peachpit.com/title/0321337034 and enter coupon code:
UU-PPT-467.
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How to Make it in the New Music Business: Lessons, Tips and Inspiration From Music's Biggest and Bestresource-4
Robert Wolff. New York, NY: Billboard Books, 2004.

Think of this book as your "Music Road Map" that will take you from where you are to where you want to be, simply by following its step-by-step plan. What if you could talk one-on-one with some of the greatest names in music today, like Grammy winning ASCAP songwriter Diane Warren, Grammy winning artist/legendary guitarist/founding member of "Toto" Steve Lukather, the famed record engineer and producer Bob Clearmountain, and mastering engineer to the stars Bob Ludwig and others, and they gave you their much sought-after advice on how to make music just like the biggest and best music stars? In How to Make it in the New Music Business, author Robert Wolff not only gives you this information from his interviews with these music legends, but reveals to you the technology and equipment that the "real music artists and producers" use to make their hit records and shows you how to use it to make hit sounding major record label quality music and records anywhere. Far too many songwriters and musicians spend years and years of their lives becoming great at their craft, but rarely, do many of them know how the real world music game is played, or how to create a hugely successful career and do it all on their own terms. With this book, those days are over.
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Music, Money and Success: The Insider's
Guide to Making Money in the Music Industry
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Todd Brabec & Jeffrey Brabec. Music Sales; 6th edition. 2008.
Songwriting, Composing, Recording and Music Publishing is a business. This book tells you how the business works, what you must know to succeed, and how much money you can make.
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What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business:
The Myths, the Secrets, the Lies (& a Few Truths)
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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.
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All You Need to Know About the Music Businessresource-4
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.
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This Business of Music Marketing and Promotionresource-4
Tad Lathrop. New York, NY: Billboard Books, 2007

Worldwide tours, internet downloads, international album distribution--the global market for music is expanding with lightning speed, and that means big opportunities for everyone in the music business. The main obstacle? Lack of knowledge. The world market is packed with opportunity, but it's also full of cultural, regulatory, administrative, legal, political, and logistical pitfalls. This Business of™ Global Music Marketing offers a map of the world, with full information on how to break into the global market, how to distribute records abroad, how to find an audience, how to package records to appeal to local markets, how to establish partnerships with foreign businesses, how to deal with different rules of trade, and much more. A companion volume to author Tad Lathrop's top-selling This Business of™ Music Marketing and Promotion, This Business of™ Global Music Marketing offers everyone in the music business a chance to go global.
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How to Be Your Own Booking Agent: The Musician's & Performing Artist's Guide to Successful Touringresource-4
Jeri Goldstein. New Music Times, Inc.; 3rd edition. (2008)

Goldstein's unique step-by-step guide and resource book is artfully organized into 488 pages of savvy advice, realistic methods and action plans for the performing artist and is now available in its Revised 3rd Edition. It provides current immigration regulations for touring artists, a completely rewritten Internet Marketing chapter along with exciting new insights from experienced professionals in the entertainment industry. The 24 chapters have completely updated resource sections following each chapter packed with recommended books, directories, web sites and new conferences to help performers achieve their career goals.
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How to Make and Sell Your Own Recordingresource-4
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.
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The Platinum Rainbow: How to Succeed in the Music Business Without Selling Your Soulresource-4
Bob Monaco, James Riordan. Contemporary Books; New/Revisd edition (1988)

Written in a conversational style, this guide offers practical tips for achieving the goal of making a full-time living from music.
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Making a Living In Your Local Music Market: Realizing Your marketing Potentialresource-4
Dick Weissman. Hal Leonard; 4th edition. (2010)

This book details the differences in strategies that a musician can use to make a living outside the mainstream music marketplaces. This book shows you how to expand and develop your skills as a musician and composer right in your own backyard. It explores topics relevant to musicians on every level: Why should a band have an agreement? How can you determine whether a personal manager is right for you? Are contests worth entering? What trade publications are the most useful? Why copyright your songs?
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Making It in the Music Business: The Business and Legal Guide for Songwriters and Performersresource-4
Lee Wilson. Allworth Press; 3rd edition (2004)

Both practical business manual and prized legal companion, this latest edition of the best-selling guide contains the solid strategies and practical advice songwriters and performers need to survive and thrive in today's competitive music industry. Using dozens of real-life examples, readers will find up-to-date information on avoiding copyright infringement, working effectively with managers and music lawyers, developing management and booking agreements, and more. This updated edition is completely revised and expanded with two brand-new chapters on the do's and don'ts of starting and running a band, and how to make money from music. It also includes expanded material on Internet copyright issues.
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This Business of Music: The Definitive Guide to the Music Industryresource-4
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).
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More About This Business of Musicresource-4
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).
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The Music Business: Career Opportunities and Self-Defenseresource-4
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.
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Music Business Primerresource-4
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.
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The Music Business (Explained In Plain English): What Every Artist and Songwriter Should Know to Avoid Getting Ripped Off!resource-4
David Naggar. Daje Publishing; 3rd edition. (2010)

This revised, updated and expanded edition offers savvy dealmaking techniques, methods to protect musical works, and career-building and money-saving tips for musicians. It is an invaluable primer for artists and songwriters who feel like they are at the mercy of industry pros. Among the topics covered are: agents managers attorneys sending out material record companies distributors the effects of the internet explosion royalty rates recording contracts copyright music publishing contracts creating one s own publishing company trademarks music videos issues between band members touring music for film and television jingles.
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Music Business Handbook and Career Guideresource-4
David Baskerville & Tim Baskerville. Sage Publications, Inc.; 9th edition. 2009

This Ninth Edition maintains the tradition of this classic text as the most 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.
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The Musician's Handbook: A Practical Guide to Understanding the Music Businessresource-4
Bobby Borg. Billboard Books; Revised edition (2008)

New interviews with music-business leaders, new pricing and legal structures for the digital age, new how-to tips for independent and do-it-yourself musicians--it's all in here. Fees, royalties and advances, live performance, touring, merchandising, working with managers, lawyers, and agents, spotting new opportunities--all these topics and many, many more are covered in depth in this indispensable guide to becoming successful in music and in business.
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Networking Strategies for the New Music Businessresource-4
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.
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The Real Deal: How to Get Signed to a Record Labelresource-4
Daylle Deanna Schwartz. Billboard Books, 2002 (2nd edition)

Written from the perspective of an industry insider, this music business primer offers a common sense guide to launching a recording career and landing a record deal. An excellent resource for artists, as well as songwriters, managers and producers, this book includes advice from recording artists Chuck D, Phoebe Snow, and LeeAnn Rimes; and Karin Beers, Senior Vice President of A&R at Warner Brothers Records.
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The Indie Bible 11th Editionresource-4
David Wimble. Big Meteor Publishing; 11th edition. (2010)

The Indie Bible is dedicated to Musicians and Songwriters that have recorded a CD or a Demo. The brand new 11th Edition of the Indie Bible contains: - 4200 publications from around the world that will REVIEW your CD! - 3400 radio stations from around the world will PLAY your songs! - 600 vendors and services that will help you to SELL your music! - 330 sites where you can UPLOAD your band's MP3 files! - 500 helpful resources and sites where you can PROMOTE your band! - 52 articles that will help your career to MOVE forward rapidly!
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Sell Your Music: How to Profitably Sell Your Own Recordings Onlineresource-4
Mark Curran. NMD Books, (2010)

This book shows you in easy, step by step format, how to profitably sell your own recordings online. You'll read in-depth interviews, tips and tricks from independent musicians who have made thousands of dollars selling their music from home! Includes up to date lists and websites where you can promote your music for free, plus a bonus user guide on setting up your own home recording studio.
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This Business Of Artist Managementresource-4
Xavier M. Frascogna, Jr. and H. Lee Hetherington. Billboard Books, 2004 (4th edition)

This authoritative standard resource on artist management expands its insights even further in this updated edition. Professional and aspiring managers and career-minded performers will find guidance on topics such as setting up the artist's career plan, image formation, choosing attorneys and business advisors, and handling success and money management. The authors of this acclaimed book are recipients of ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award for books.
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Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwritingresource-4
Jimmy Webb. Hyperion; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (1999)

ASCAP Board Member Jimmy Webb is one of the most successful and diverse songwriters of his generation (and several others -- he scored his first hit at the age of 21), with such songs as "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," "Galveston," "Up, Up and Away," and "MacArthur Park" to his credit, as well as extensive work in film and television. He is also the only artist ever to receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration. He has used that same grace and eloquence in this book, which is an incredible resource for all aspiring songwriters. With a combination of anecdotes, meditations, humor, and advice, he breaks down the entire process of creating a song from beginning to end, including coping with writers' block, song construction, rhyme schemes, chord progression, and the art of collaboration. He then takes it a step beyond, shedding light on the machinations of marketing yourself, selling a song, and coping with big business in any of the centers of the professional music world.
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