All You Need to Know About the Music Business

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RosettaBooks, May 18, 2011 - Business & Economics - 480 pages
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No one understands the music industry--from the technology, to the legalities, to the new industry practices--better than veteran music lawyer Donald Passman. In this completely revised and updated seventh edition of All You Need To Know About the Music Business, which the Los Angeles Times called “the industry bible” and which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies, 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 business, Passman offers advice concerning:

- The Copyright Royalty Board’s latest decisions regarding online transmissions.

- The developing new customs concerning new technologies such as streaming on demand, ringtones, and digital downloads.

Passman also gives guidance on other fundamental issues 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 big picture and the finer points of record deals.

- Navigate the ins and outs of songwriting, music publishing, and copyright law.

- Maximize concert touring and merchandising deals.

Almost everyone in the music business, from musicians and songwriters to entertainment lawyers and record company executives, are scrambling to sort out what is going to happen next, and Passman is right in the thick of these changes. Here is a book for anyone interested in a music career: a comprehensive and crucial guide to making it in one of the world’s most dynamic industries.


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User Review  - chriszodrow - LibraryThing

I am almost finished with this dense and yet enjoyable book on the "biz". I feel enlightened. The music business is a complex thing that requires a guide to navigate: Passman is like Virgil to my ... Read full review

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User Review  - trishar -

This book is all that it promises to be. Very helpful for anyone that would like to try and make a living in the rapidly changing music business. I appreciate the candor of the author and I believe it ... Read full review

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First Page
Your Team of Advisors
Record Deals
Songwriting and Music Publishing
Group Issues
Classical Music
Motion Picture Music
Last Page
About the Author

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About the author (2011)

Donald Passman is a preeminent entertainment lawyer with the firm Gang, Tyre, Ramer, and Brown. Among his clients he counts Tina Turner, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Don Henley, Tom Waits, and Randy Newman. In addition, Passman represents many music publishers, producers, record companies, songwriters, industry executives, and film companies. He is frequently listed as one of the fifty most influential people in the entertainment industry, and is credited with having won Janet Jackson her $40 million megadeal with Virgin Records. Passman has taught and lectured extensively, and has been teaching a course on the music industry at the University of Southern California Law School's Advanced Professional Program since 1978.

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