How to make & sell your own recording: the complete guide to independent recording

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Prentice Hall, Apr 1, 1999 - Business & Economics - 258 pages
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How to Make and Sell Your Own Recordings, the book that helped launch the indie music revolution, has just been completely updated to reflect today's dramatic technological and business changes -- and show musicians exactly how to build their careers without selling their souls! Learn exactly what the Internet revolution means to you, and how to use the Internet's unprecedented power to market and promote your own music. Learn how to manage your business relationships with distributors; and what you need to know about the "new generation" of independent niche distributors. Understand the role of computer software for editing; minidisc and other new digital formats; what you need to know about copyright; and much more. The Fifth Edition includes new mini-case histories that show exactly how independent artists have succeeded in every genre. You'll find detailed business plans and budget worksheets for both cassette and CD production, and more. Foreword by internationally-recognized musician Loreena McKennitt, who started her own successful Quinlan Road label using the guidance in an earlier edition of this book.

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About the author (1999)

Diane Sward Rapaport" is a music business pioneer. She began offering courses for musicians in music business management and publishing in 1974, after working for seven years as an artist's manager for Bill Graham's Fillmore Management. Her goal was to help musicians and songwriters make a living from their art.

In 1976, she cofounded, edited and published "Music Works-A Manual for Musicians," a magazine hailed as a "bible for musicians" by the San Francisco Chronicle. It was the first magazine to feature music business and technology news.

In 1979 "How to Make and Sell Your Own Record," her first book, was published by Putnam and now by Prentice-Hall. It has been called the "bible and basic text" that has helped revolutionize the recording industry by providing information about setting up new recording labels independent of major label conglomerates. It has sold more than 200,000 copies.

"This book has played a pioneering role in the long-overdue broadening of the avenues of the music industry.. It has worked to reshape the way music is marketed, while helping to introduce ostensibly "uncommercial," innovative and truly special artists and their music to receptive audiences. More importantly, it has helped many of them realize their dreams." -- Loreena McKennitt, from the foreword to "How to Make and Sell Your Own Recording."

In 1988, Diane Rapaport founded Jerome Headlands Press, a company that produces and designs books for musicians and artists. Its current catalog "Includes How to Make and Sell Your Own Recording; The Musician's Business and Legal Guide; The Visual Artist's Business and Legal Guide" and "The Acoustic Musician's Guide to Sound Reinforcementand Live Recording." The books are published by Prentice Hall.

She has given numerous music business seminars for colleges, nonprofit music businesses and music conferences and served as an adjunct professor of music business at the University of Colorado, Denver.