Top 5 music business books

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Top 5 music business books


The music business is a fast-moving industry that can be hard to keep up with. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best books about the music business, covering topics like copyright law, licensing, and more.

All You Need to Know About the Music Business, by Donald Passman

This book is written by a lawyer representing some of the biggest names in music. Because it’s a legal guide, it focuses more on the nuts and bolts of how the industry works rather than how you can get your start as an artist or manager–but this information is still beneficial to anyone looking to break into any aspect of the business.

All You Need to Know About the Music Business covers just about everything you could imagine: contracts between artists and labels, copyright law, royalties (including mechanical royalties), publishing deals, and reporting requirements for record labels–it’s all covered here. The author does an excellent job explaining concepts such as “mechanical licensing” and “bundle sales” in layman’s terms so that even beginners will understand them easily; he also provides examples from actual lawsuits that happened throughout history to help illustrate his points.

The Musician’s Guide to Licensing Music, by Darren Wilsey & Daylle Deanna Schwartz

This book is a must-read if you want to use your music for licensing purposes. It explains how to get your music placed in TV commercials, films, and video games and how to negotiate the best deals possible.

Your Band Is A Virus, by James Moore.

This book is all about making money from your music. It’s an excellent place to start if you want to learn how to make a living from your art. But it can also be helpful if you want tips on making the most of what you’re already doing.

The Indie Band Survival Guide, by Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan

The Indie Band Survival Guide is a practical guide to making money as an independent musician. It’s written by Randy Chertkow, who has been through the process himself, and Jason Feehan, a music business expert.
The book covers the basics of the indie music industry from a business perspective and your creative output—your work as an artist. The authors explain why it’s not easy to get rich in the music industry these days. They then take you on a guided tour through all aspects of running your musical enterprise:
● How to set up your home studio.
● What equipment you should buy (and what you can do without)?

How to Make It in the New Music Business, by Ari Herstand

● Ari Herstand is a blogger and author who has written several books about the music business.
● His book How to Make It in the New Music Business draws on his experience of trying to make it as an independent musician.
Books about the music business can be beneficial in your career.
Music business books can be an excellent resource for learning about the industry. You’ll find them at your local bookstore or library, and they’re also available online. Some of them are even free!
There are many options out there for music business books, so we’ve decided to do some research on this topic and provide you with our top seven picks.
So there you have it, the seven best music business books for musicians and songwriters. These books have all been written by seasoned professionals with years of experience in the music industry. So they know exactly what they’re talking about when it comes to getting ahead in this industry. They’ll teach you everything from how music licensing works to creating a successful online presence that can help boost your career.


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HCamrone is an award-winning Nigerian blogger. Also known as HCamrone Beats, he's a music producer, artist and a lover of photography.