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5th Edition

Artist Management for the Music Business
Manage Your Career in Music: Manage the Music Careers of Others

ISBN 9781032014784
Published March 21, 2022 by Focal Press
400 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Anyone managing an artist’s career needs to be well versed and have a savvy understanding of the moving parts of the music business. Learn how and why those moving parts "move," as well as how to manage and navigate a music-based career.

Artist Management for the Music Business gives a comprehensive view of how to generate income through music and how to strategically plan for future growth. The book is full of valuable practical insights. It includes interviews and case studies with examples of real-world management issues and outcomes.

Updates to this new edition include a new chapter for independent, self-managing artists, expanded and updated sections on networking, social media, and streaming, and a basic introduction to data analytics for the music business.

This book gives access to resources about artist management and the music business at its companion website,

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Chapter 1 – Artist Management Principles

Chapter 2 – Preparing to Manage

Chapter 3 – Entrepreneurship

Chapter 4 – The Artist Prepares to be Managed

Chapter 5 – Lessons in Artist Management

Chapter 6 – The Indie Artist

Chapter 7 – The Artist Management Contract

Chapter 8 – A Planning Primer for the Artist Manager

Chapter 9 – The Artist as a Business and a Brand

Chapter 10 – Income from Live Performance

Chapter 11 – Income from Songwriting

Chapter 12 – Income from Recording

Chapter 13 – Conducting Business for the Artist

Chapter 14 – Mentors, Coaches and Leaders

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D

Appendix E

Appendix F



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Paul Allen is a music industry exec, concert showcase producer, radio personality, TV news anchor, manager of political candidates, university professor, artist manager and consultant, and decorated US Air Force Veteran who has written this fifth edition of his best-selling book, Artist Management for the Music Business.

This book is the gold standard for music artists to manage their own careers, and it is a guide for those who want to professionally manage the careers of music artists. It’s a complete guide and view into today’s music business and recording industry from one of the most respected authors on the subject.