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Books and Audio Books on the art of artist, personal and business management, including self management, management resources, contact bibles and becoming a manager. Please Note: Prices are provided as a general guide, latest prices are available from the suppliers site. All links open in a new window.

Book CoverA Singer's Guide to Getting Work
by John Byrne, Julie Payne
Synopsis
This book is aimed at beginners, with advice for anyone wanting to launch or maintain their professional singing career, this manual focuses on the realities of starting a career and making a living in singing. The styles of singing covered include pop, soul, country, folk, jazz and classical. From finding the right singing teacher to getting an agent, from performing live to recording, the author offers tips that seek to inspire and encourage beginners and help those already in the profession to take their careers to the next level.
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Book CoverAll You Need to Know About the Music Business: Ninth Edition
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“The industry bible”, now updated, essential for anyone in the music business—musicians, songwriters, lawyers, agents, promoters, publishers, executives, and managers—trying to navigate the rapid transformation of the industry. For more than twenty years, All You Need to Know About the Music Business has been universally regarded as the definitive guide to the music industry. Now in its ninth edition, this latest edition leads novices and experts alike through the crucial, up-to-the-minute information on the industry’s major changes in response to today’s rapid technological advances and uncertain economy. Whether you are—or aspire to be—a performer, writer, or executive, veteran music lawyer Donald Passman’s comprehensive guide is an indispensable tool. He offers timely, authoritative information from how to select and hire a winning team of advisors and structure their commissions and fees; navigate the ins and outs of record deals, songwriting, publishing, and copyrights; maximize concert, touring, and merchandising deals; understand the digital streaming services; and how to take a comprehensive look at the rapidly transforming landscape of the music business as a whole. The music industry is in the eye of the storm, when everyone in the business is scrambling to figure out what’s going to happen to the major labels and what it will mean for the careers of artists and business professionals. No musician, songwriter, entertainment lawyer, agent, promoter, publisher, manager, or record company executive—anyone who makes their living from music—can afford to be without All You Need to Know About the Music Business. As Adam Levine, lead singer and guitarist of Maroon 5, says, “If you want to be in music, you have to read this book.”
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An Essential Guide for Serious singers and Musicians
by Saphron Watson
This revised, and state-of-the-art edition; will keep you in touch with modern changes inside the music business. This book will show how the likes of Adele, Miley Cyrus and Justine Beiber made their lucky break into the music scene in these modern times. The music scene has experienced 21st century changes such as the influx of social networking sites which can be used to promote your band as big as the Beatles if you know how! This book will take you through the stages developing you while making your disadvantage becoming your strength! However the flipside to this, the 21st century has also been to some extent a curse for the modern up and coming artist leaving many insolvent due to the number of file sharing and music download which is ruining not only the music industry; but also having an effect on the income of new artists. But you can avoid this by running your band as a viable business while knowing how to live with this technology and working alongside it and this book will show you how you can still make loads of money endorsing your music the right way with or without a manager or promoter! This book explains everything you need to know about music lawyers, and their qualification and what their LLB means. It also goes into music contract, MCPS, Musician Union and why you should join one, and how MCP how royalties are collected, and paid to you. What you will find plus more in this heavy duty book is:- Dealing with bad music managers once you signed their contracts! How to copyright your songs and if the band breaks up who owns them. How copyright works and who really wins if your songs are stolen! Why the music industry today is more about hype than talent today. Why you should never sign a five year contract no matter how tempting it looks! Dirty dealings which goes on inside the music business, and why it was doomed to fail! Music Publishers and how they work for you Promoting your band as a business and merchandise. The Importance of marketing your band and why it can be catastrophic How Justine Beiber could have lost everything all because of bad marketing! Tribute Bands and your lawful responsibility Vocalist guide to working in a full sized band and more…
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Book Cover ImageArtist Management for the Music Business
by Paul Allen
Synopsis
With the evolution of the music business and the shifting influence of large record labels, the artist manager is now – more than ever – at the center of an artist’s career. Artist managers are tasked with keeping abreast of the music industry and supporting the artists under their management while simultaneously managing their own careers. Including key industry insights, exclusive planning guidance, management tools, and strategies for a successful career, Artist Management for the Music Business has the tools to support any new or experienced artist manager. Through its analysis of over a dozen case studies, lessons, and contract examples, author Paul Allen provides a focused look at managing artists’ careers. This follow-up to the best-selling second edition features a new chapter on entrepreneurship including detailed information on how to run an artist management enterprise as a business and includes coverage of anticipating risks, reacting to challenges, and basic money management. The chapter also contains additional sections on the effective use of social media, the Web, and handling online promotion.
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Book CoverCabaret Secrets
by Gary Williams
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Star of the West End's 'Rat Pack' and cabaret stalwart, Gary Williams, shares the secrets of his success in Cabaret Secrets - a practical guide with everything you need to create your own show, travel the world and get paid to do what you love. Written for singers who want to create their own cabaret show, or improve the one they already have, Cabaret Secrets covers everything from finding a theme, scripting a show and running a rehearsal. There's lots of practical advice on how to find an agent, promoting your show and ordering musical arrangements. Gary enlisted the help of cabaret stars like Steve Ross, Barbara Dickson and Jeff Harnar who agreed to share their own secrets in the book. He spoke to booking agents, cruise lines, West End musical directors, Hollywood makeup artistes, Broadway singers, lighting designers, sound engineers and celebrity vocal coaches. The book's received high praise from industry insiders, including cabaret doyen Michael Feinstein who said, "The wisdom and knowledge contained in Gary's book is so valuable that I wish I'd had it when I was starting out as an entertainer! It's a marvellous achievement and could be your secret weapon." Author, David Ackert, said the book is a "career GPS for cabaret performers," and Ruth Leons, Artistic Director for London's Crazy Coqs described it as, "The best guide ever written for the aspiring cabaret singer. Gary Williams' generous sharing of his own secrets provides so much valuable information that it deserves to be read by anyone wanting a career in cabaret." Seven Ways Cabaret Secrets Will Benefit You: Amazing advice from the best in the business. Learn from cabaret stars like Michael Feinstein, Steve Ross, Marta Sanders and Marlena Shaw. They spill the beans on inside information like how they decide which songs to sing, how they script their shows and the lessons they've learned. Practical advice you can use. Cabaret Secrets is packed with sensible, practical advice. You'll learn what you need to know about writing a lighting cue sheet, making a PA specification and how to choose a recording studio. There are even tips on what to pack for a cruise ship gig! Get the applause you deserve. Cabaret Secrets takes you through every step of creating a show that people will want to see. Don't waste hours going around in circles. Just follow this guide and learn everything you need to know. It's like your own cabaret toolbox. It's your direct line to the decision makers. It can almost impossible to get a booker for a major venue on the phone but Cabaret Secrets includes answers from bookers to important questions like, "Exactly what does an artiste need to do to get work with you?", "How can I make sure you'll watch my showreel", "What kind of acts are cruise lines lining up to book?" Make a special connection. The key to cabaret is making a special personal connection with every member of your audience. Cabaret Secrets explains how. Save years of effort. We never stop learning but there are shortcuts. There's days there are few no cabaret schools and few places to go to for help. Don't learn from years of expensive mistakes. Cabaret Secrets gives you a fast track to success. Save money. In Cabaret Secrets you're getting advice worth £1000s. That's a fact. These tips could help you save £1000s on bad musical arrangements, £1000s on wasted publicity and £1000s recording CDs that sounded terrible. It is truly amazing value for money.
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Book Cover Image Going Pro: Developing a Professional Career in the Music Industry
by Kenny Kerner
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Getting ahead in the music industry can be incredibly difficult. No matter how talented you are, it seems every musician has to be wise to the rules of the game if they are going to get their music heard. Going Pro is divided into eleven chapters dealing with some of the most important topics of the music industry. including auditioning band members, leading and naming a band, photo sessions, press packs, demo tapes, personal and business managers, music attorneys, booking agents, record companies, A&R, publising, songwriting, self promotion, meeting and greeting.
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Book Cover Image IMF 2000
A Guide to Professional Band Management
by the International Managers Forum
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With every passing year, the music business becomes more about business than music and for new bands, getting that break can depend as much on boardroom skills as musical ability . The crucial thing for any act is to get the right management, but so often the best managers are not available and those who are available are as inexperienced as the bands they represent.  But help is at hand in the shape of The IMF Handbook, the official guide from the International Managers Forum. Set up to represent and advise managers in the music business, the IMF offers legal, financial and technical advice to aspiring and fully fledged managers, dealing in such areas as copyright, recording and publishing contracts, training and education, government lobbying as well as tackling e-commerce and related issues affecting the modern music industry. In short, everything you need to know about managing an artist. Written by key figures in the music industry, including the managers of some of the most successful acts in the world, plus top legal and financial experts, The IMF Handbook offers the definitive guide to band management. Whether it's tips on maximising your merchandising, negotiating record company contracts, understanding publishing deals or handling PR, The IMF Handbook has the information you need, including a full international directory of managers and music societies. If you're in the music business--or you want to be--can you afford to be without this book?
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Book Cover ImageMusic Business Contract Library (Book/CD-Rom)
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The indispensable resource for anyone in the music business. Every business arrangement in the music industry comes down to the written agreement between the parties engaged in the project at hand. When you're co-writing with other songwriters or making publishing agreements, recording agreements with independent record labels, or film sync license agreements for music used in TV, film, the Internet and commercials, what is in writing is what ultimately governs the deal with you and your business. Whether you are the publisher, label, studio, producer, engineer, or artist, The Music Business Contract Library contains over 125 different contract templates and forms that you need, along with Greg's professional experience in commentary on how he has used them and why. This massive library comes with a CD-ROM, which delivers over 125 forms in fully editable Microsoft Word format for use in your own business.
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Book Cover Image Music Money & Success
by Jeffrey Brabec, Todd Brabec, Todd Brabes, Jeffrey Brabes
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the industry bible and the ultimate guide to making money in the music business. Music is a business of money, contracts, decisions and making the most of every opportunity. To succeed?to make money and have a career?you have to know what you are doing in both music and business. This invaluable book tells you how the business works, what you must know to succeed, and how much money you can make in films, television, video games, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, record sales, downloads and streams, advertising, ringtones and ringbacks, interactive toys and dolls, Broadway, new media, scoring contracts and synch licenses, music publishing, foreign countries and much more. This indispensable reference is written by industry insiders Todd Brabec, Educator, Entertainment Law Attorney and former ASCAP Executive Vice President and Worldwide Director of Membership, and Jeff Brabec, Vice President of Business Affairs, Chrysalis Music Publishing.
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Music: The Business - 6th Edition:
Fully revised and updated, including the latest changes to Copyright law
Ann Harrison
This essential and highly acclaimed guide, now updated and revised in its sixth edition, explains the business of the British music industry. Drawing on her extensive experience as a media lawyer, Ann Harrison offers a unique, expert opinion on the deals, the contracts and the business as a whole. She examines in detail the changing face of the music industry and provides absorbing and up-to-date case studies. Whether you’re a recording artist, songwriter, music business manager, industry executive, publisher, journalist, media student, accountant or lawyer, this practical and comprehensive guide is indispensable reading. Fully revised and updated. Includes: The current types of record and publishing deals, and what you can expect to see in the contracts. A guide to making a record, manufacture, distribution, branding, marketing, merchandising, sponsorship, band arrangements and touring. The most up-to-date information on copyright law and related rights. An in-depth look at digital downloads, streaming, online marketing and piracy. Case studies illustrating key developments and legal jargon explained.
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Peter Grant: The Man Who Led Zeppelin (Paperback Edition)
Chris Welch
Synopsis
Wrestler turned rock manager, the late Peter Grant made his name as the manager of Led Zeppelin, helping to turn them into rock’s biggest attraction by the mid Seventies. The book reveals the facts about his suspended prison sentence, his dispute with the group over unpaid royalties and his retiring from the music industry , and his rumoured heroin addiction.Written with the full co-operation of Grant’s family and friends to give a unique access into the most fabled and feared man in the music business.
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Book Cover Image The Cabaret Artist's Handbook
by Bob Harrington, editor Sherry Eaker
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This text aims to show performers the ins and outs of mounting a cabaret act. The author argues that entertainers need to know both the creative and business aspects involved, such as choosing the right material, structuring the act, finding a music director, selecting wardrobe; getting bookings, publicizing the act; and even making a CD of it. Bob Harrington was cabaret columnist for Back Stage until his tragic death in 1995. Sherry Eaker, editor-in-chief of Back Stage and editor of The Back Stage Handbook for Performing Artists, lives in New York City.
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Book Cover Image The Music Management Bible
by The Music Managers Forum
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Completely revised and updated, this new edition of the standard music industry textbook includes everything that you need to know as a music manager in today?s fast-changing musical environment. With a special focus on the implications of the digital age for the music professional, this is the essential handbook for anyone involved in the music business! Written by leading industry professionals from all sectors this book covers the main heads of agreements for most contracts as well as explaining the relationship between the manager and 3rd parties. This is the ultimate resource for those seriously considering managing as well as invaluable for self managed artists or those that have want to understand the motivations of a professional muic manager. .
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Book CoverThe Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing:
What You Need to Know About Protecting and Profiting from Music Copyrights
by Randall D. Wixen
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Since the publication of the first edition in 2005, The Plain And Simple Guide to Music Publishing has emerged as the premier guide to the subject. With sufficient depth to be used as a text at major college music industry programs including UCLA, NYU and Northeastern, the book also remains simple and clear enough for the lay songwriter to gain a crucial understanding of musical copyrights and licensing basics. To wit, the second edition garnered 33 customer reviews on Amazon.com, with a rating of 4.8 out of 5 possible stars. In this expanded and updated third edition, with a forward by Tom Petty, the author adds greater depth to such increasingly important topics as the rapidly shifting industry paradigms, the growing importance of streaming and subscription models, a discussion of new compulsory license media, the impact of copyright terminations and reversions, updated advice on current license prices, as well as all the basics of copyright and rights management.
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Book Cover Image This Business of Artist Management
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Updated version of Business of Artist Managment, formerly entitled "Successful Artist Management", this book is designed as a reference work for artist management in the music business but is also great for anyone trying to gain a better understanding of just what artist management involves. The authoritative, standard reference on artist management in the music industry expands its insights even further in this updated edition, including developing e-business, the MP3 controversy and its lingering ramifications, copyright licensing on the Web, navigating trade identity issues on the Net, domain names, and the high-tech fight against cyber piracy. For managers in the music/entertainment field as well as musicians, music publishers, and company personnel.
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