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Understanding the Music Business

Real World Insights, 2nd Edition

By Richard Weissman


412 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Business Aspects