All You Need to Know About the Music Business

All You Need to Know About the Music Business

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By (author) Donald S. Passman

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  • Publisher: VIKING
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 231mm x 38mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 27 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0670918865
  • ISBN 13: 9780670918867
  • Edition: 7, Revised
  • Edition statement: 7th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: figures
  • Sales rank: 123,404

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All You Need To Know About The Music Business - The new edition of 'the industry bible' (Los Angeles Times) by Donald S. Passman. No one understands the music business and the changes it has undergone in recent years better than LA lawyer Donald Passman. For 20 years his book has offered detailed advice to artists and executives, novices and experts alike on how to thrive in these volatile times. This completely revised edition sets out recent developments in record deals, copyright, new technologies and film music. It also offers unique advice on how to navigate your way through the ins and outs of songwriting, music publishing, merchandising and performing. Whether you're a newcomer or an established professional, All You Need to Know about the Music Business is an essential companion. It will also be loved by readers of The Music Business and How Music Works by David Byrne. "The definitive text on the business of music written by the man the most talented artists in the world look to for advice". (Ron Rubin, co-head of Columbia Records). "Should be required reading for anyone planning or enduring a career in the biz". (Rolling Stone). Donald Passman is a graduate of the University of Texas and the Harvard Law School. For many years he has practised law with the LA firm of Gang, Tyre, Ramer and Brown, where he specializes in the music and film industries. He represents many famous music clients. He lives in LA with his wife and four children, and plays guitar and five-string banjo.

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Donald Passman is a graduate of the University of Texas and the Harvard Law School. For many years he has practised law with the LA firm of Gang, Tyre, Ramer and Brown, where he specializes in the music and film industries. He represents many famous music clients. He lives in LA with his wife and four children, and plays guitar and five-string banjo.

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The best book I know for somebody who wants to understand the music business -- T. Bone Burnett The definitive text on the business of music written by the man the most talented artists in the world look to for advice -- Ron Rubin, co-head of Columbia Records Should be required reading for anyone planning or enduring a career in the biz Rolling Stone I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the music business -- David Geffen An easy-to-understand overview of the complicated music business -- Randy Newman I've spent ten years trying to get Don to open up like this to me. Never has he been so eloquent, so patient or so thorough -- Tom Waits

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Now in its fourth edition, All You Need to Know About the Music Business is universally regarded as the definitive guide to the music industry. Called "the industry bible" by the Los Angeles Times, this newest edition is filled with vital information on the technological advances that are reshaping the business, and how novices and experts alike should manage such changes.In the music business, the key to success lies in knowing how to protect yourself. To do that, you need the best and most up-to-date advice available. Whether you want a career as a performer, writer, or executive, Donald Passman's comprehensive guide to the legal and financial aspects of the business is an indispensable tool. Drawing on his unique professional experience as one of the most respected advisors in the industry, Passman offers authoritative, up-to-the-minute information. You'll learn 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 your success -- Master the big picture and the finer points of record deals -- Understand the ins and outs of songwriting, music publishing, and copyrights -- Maximize concert, touring, and merchandising dealsPlus, this latest edition includes information on: -- The power of the Internet -- from promotional and commercial web sites such as Amazon or CDNow to the publicity advantages of chat rooms, bulletin boards and ever-improving Webcasters (the Internet's answer to radio), and the serious dangers of piracy -- The new and changing laws of the electronic frontier, including copyrightinfringement, illegal downloads, and the challenges to intellectual property rights -- Recognizing the opportunities offered by digital downloads, MP3, and other new media which will be the future of musicThere are also updates on traditional industry matters such as royalties, advances, video budgets, and copyright law.The music industry can be a gold mine, a minefield, or both, but with a small investment of time in learning the business, you can reap huge benefits. All You Need to Know About the Music Business shows you how.