2nd Edition

Understanding the Music Business Real World Insights

By Dick Weissman Copyright 2017
    428 Pages
    by Routledge

    428 Pages
    by Routledge

    In today’s fast-moving music industry, what does it take to build a life-long career? Now more than ever, all those working in music need to be aware of many aspects of the business, and take control of their own careers. Understanding the Music Business offers students a concise yet comprehensive overview of the rapidly evolving music industry, rooted in real-world experiences. Anchored by a wealth of career profiles and case studies, this second edition has been updated throughout to include the most important contemporary developments, including the advent of streaming and the shift to a DIY paradigm. A new "Both Sides Now" feature helps readers understand differing opinions on key issues. Highly readable, Understanding the Music Business is the perfect introduction for anyone seeking to understand how musical talents connect to making a living.

    Part I: The Music Business and Its Components

    1. The Record Industry and Record Distribution

    2. Record Deals, Record Companies, and Recording Contracts

    3. Do It Youreslf (DIY)

    4. Building the Team: Finding and Utilizing Intermediaries

    5. Talent Unions

    6. Copyright, Performing Rights, Summary of Music Publishing Income Streams, and Songwriters' Organizations

    7. Music Publishing

    8. Musical Styles, Regional Music, and the Music Industry

    9. The Concert and Live Performance Business

    10. The International Music Business

    Part II: Building a Career in Music

    11. Making a Living in Music

    12. Working in the Music Industry

    13. Education: Training and Teaching

    14. Marketing, Funding, and Networking: Record Stores and Music Products

    15. Maintaining Long-Term Careers


    Dick Weissman is a musician, music historian, and writer. He taught music business for twelve years at the University of Colorado, and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.