All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Eighth Edition

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 4, 2012 - Business & Economics - 480 pages
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The past two decades have seen file-sharing technology and digital streaming services transform the music business from top to bottom, and the changes keep coming at breakneck speed. How are record labels adapting to the demand for instantly accessible, low-cost music while coping with piracy? And what does it all mean for aspiring and established artists today?

Donald Passman, one of the most trusted music lawyers in the country, offers his sage advice for creating, selling, sharing, and protecting your music in the Information Age in this updated eighth edition of All You Need to Know About the Music Business. Called “the industry bible” by the Los Angeles Times, Passman’s comprehensive guide—which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies over the past twenty years—draws on his unparalleled experience and up-to-the-minute knowledge of industry trends.

Executives and artists, experts and novices alike, will benefit from Passman’s detailed yet easy-to-understand explanations of the latest technology, legalities, and practices shaping the music business, such as:

• Royalties for music transmitted via digital down- loads, streaming services, cloud lockers, and apps

• Updated licensing regulations and industry agreements

• The most recent recording and music publishing deals

• The new challenges for performing rights societies

He also gives guidance on the basics, such as how to:

• Select and hire a winning team of advisors— personal and business managers, agents, and attorneys—and structure their commissions, percentages, and fees in a way that will protect you and maximize these relationships

• Master the major and finer points of contract negotiations

• Navigate the ins and outs of songwriting and music publishing

• Maximize concert, touring, and merchandising agreements

Anyone interested in making and marketing music—musicians, songwriters, agents, promoters, publishers, managers, and record company executives—needs this crucial text to keep up with the frenetic pace of technological and legal change. No one understands the music business better than Passman. Let him show you how to “make it” in one of the world’s most dynamic and challenging industries.
  

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Review: All You Need to Know about the Music Business

User Review  - Brad Branham - Goodreads

A necessary book for anyone (musician, producer, or even just fans) who wants to understand the modern music business. It isn't *exciting* reading but it is informative and I really like that the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Matt Sokol - Goodreads

My second time reading this book. The gold standard for music business books. Read full review

Contents

First Steps
1
How to Pick a Team
11
Personal Managers
28
Business Managers
42
Attorneys
49
PART II
61
8
83
Amount of Product
103
Advanced Copyright Concepts
313
Even More Advanced Copyright Concepts
327
PART IV
341
83
345
Touring Personal AppearancesTouring
365
PART VI
387
Retail Merchandising
401
Classical Music
407

11
120
Advanced Royalty Computations
133
Advanced Record Deal Points
167
Loanout Independent Production Label
189
Songwriting and Music Publishing
207
Publishing Companies and Major Income Sources
219
Secondary Publishing Income
244
Bonus Section
271
Copublishing and Administration Deals
300
Overview of Motion Picture Music
413
Film Songwriter Deals
426
Licensing Existing Recordings and Existing Songs
448
Music Supervisors
453
Conclusion
461
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463
103
472
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Donald S. Passman practices law in California and has specialized in the music business for more than thirty years. He lives in Los Angeles.

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