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3 Music Industry Books We Recommend

“All You Need to Know About the Music Business”
Latest Edition: 2019


“All You Need to Know About the Music Business by veteran music lawyer Don Passman—dubbed “the industry bible” by the Los Angeles Times—is now updated to address the biggest transformation of the music industry yet: streaming.

For the first time in history, music is no longer monetized by selling something—it’s monetized by how many times listeners stream a song. 

Since the advent of file-sharing technology in the late 1990s to the creation of the iPod, the music industry has been teetering on the brink of a major transformation—and with the newest switch to streaming music, this change has finally come to pass. Passman’s comprehensive guide offers timely, authoritative information from how to select and hire a winning team of advisors and structure their commissions and fees; navigate the ins and outs of record deals, songwriting, publishing, and copyrights; maximize concert, touring, and merchandising deals; and how the game is played in a streaming world.” ~ Amazon

“How to Make It in the New Music Business – Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living as a Musician”


“Now trusted as the leading expert for “do it yourself” artists, Ari Herstand returns with this second edition, maintaining that a stable career can be built by taking advantage of the many tools at our fingertips: conquering social media, mastering the art of merchandising, embracing authentic fan connection, and simply learning how to persevere. Comprehensively updated to include the latest online trends and developments, it offers inspiring success stories across media such as Spotify and Instagram. The result is a must- have for anyone hoping to navigate the increasingly complex yet advantageous landscape that is the modern music industry.” ~ Amazon

“Start Your Music Business: How to Earn Royalties, Own Your Music, Sample Music, Protect Your Name & Structure Your Music Business (Music Law Series Book 1)”


“Written by an experienced lawyer whose clients have been featured on MTV®, American Idol®, VHI®, Start Your Music Business is an easy to read guide for songwriters, producers, music publishers, independent record labels, artists, bands, musicians, and individuals in the music industry that want to legally start and grow a successful music business.

Learn how to:
1. Understand 8 Different Types of Royalties Your Music Should Be Earning through Music Publishing
2. How to Completely Own Your Music
3. How to Completely Own Your “Masters”
4. How to Legally Sample & Cover Music (Why You May Be Breaking the Law)
5. How to Protect Your Name & Logo (What to do if you Illegally Use Someone Else’s)
6. How to Structure your Music Business
7. Learn 10 Ways to Avoid Being Sued Personally

Also learn these simple steps:

1. Understand the Different Types of Businesses (LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, and more)
2. Setup Your Business
3. Learn When You Need to Start Your Music Business
4. Learn the Difference Between Trademarks and Copyrights
5. Learn How to Apply for a Trademark (Do It Yourself)
6. Understand Copyright Law and How to Copyright Your Music
7. Learn the Truth About Poor Man’s Copyrights
8. Know Your Rights When You Co-Write a Song
9. How to Divide Song Income Between Co-Writers
10. How to Properly & Legally Clear Samples
And more!” ~ Amazon

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