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3rd Edition

The Live Music Business
Management and Production of Concerts and Festivals

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ISBN 9780367859725
November 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
288 Pages 77 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Live Music Business: Management and Production of Concerts and Festivals, Third Edition, shines a light on the enigmatic live music business, offering a wealth of inside advice and trade secrets to artists and bands looking to make a living in the industry. Previously published as The Tour Book, this new edition has been extensively revised, reorganized, and updated to reflect today’s music industry.

This practical guidebook examines the roles of the key players—from booking agents to concert promoters, artist managers to talent buyers—and the deals, conventions, and processes that drive this global business. Written by a touring professional with over 25 years of experience, this book understands that playing live is crucial to the success of any musician, band, or artist, explaining issues like:

  • What managers, promoters, and agents do and how they arrange shows and tours
  • How to understand and negotiate show contracts
  • How to create a contract rider, and how the rider affects the money you earn from a show
  • How to appear professional and knowledgeable in an industry with its own conventions, language, and baffling technical terms
  • A three-year plan using live performance to kickstart your music career

Intended for music artists and students, The Live Music Business presents proven live music career strategies, covering every aspect of putting on a live show, from rehearsing and sound checks to promotions, marketing, and contracts. In an era when performing live is more essential than ever, this is the go-to guidebook for getting your show on the road and making a living from music.

Table of Contents

Introduction / PART ONE: Live Music Management / Chapter 1: The Artists / Chapter 2: The Artist Management / Chapter 3: Booking Agents / Chapter 4: Concert Promoters / Chapter 5: Creating the Deals / Chapter 6: The Contract / Chapter 7: The Contract Rider / Chapter 8: Revenue Streams from Live Music - Artists / Chapter 9: Revenue Streams from Live Music - Promoters & Organisers / Chapter 10: Marketing & Promotion / Chapter 11: Festivals / Chapter 12: Strategy / PART TWO: Live Music Production / Chapter 13: Planning a Tour / Chapter 14: Budget / Chapter 15: Wages / Chapter 16: Transport / Chapter 17: Accommodation / Chapter 18: Production / Chapter 19: Other Production Considerations / Appendix 1: Concert Production Personnel / Appendix 2: A Performance Contract / Appendix 3: Contract Rider / Appendix 4: Tour Budget Sheet / Appendix 5: Day-to-Day Schedules

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Andy Reynolds is a concert tour manager and audio engineer with over 25 years of professional touring experience. He has worked for artists such as Maribou State, George FitzGerald, Maverick Sabre, The All-American Rejects, House of Pain, Super Furry Animals, Machine Head, and Pavement, and has also worked supporting U2, Whitney Houston, and Foo Fighters. He also teaches live sound engineering and concert tour management as a lecturer at London College of Music/the University of West London.