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NEW! MUSIC, MONEY AND SUCCESS: The Insider's Guide To Making Money In The Music Industry. 4th Edition.
Todd Brabec and Jeff Brabec. Schirmer Trade Books/Music Sales, 2004. 467 pages
This new edition covers download and streaming royalties; ringtone/cell phone and video game licenses and royalties; 2004 and 2005 mechanical royalty rates; ASCAP and BMI payments and rates; artist, musician and vocalist sound recording performance royalties; new recording artist contract clauses; webcasting rates and royalties; and actual film, television and advertising synchronization licenses.

This comprehensive guide to the many areas where songwriters, music publishers and recording artists make money is co-authored by ASCAP Executive Vice President and Director of Membership, Todd Brabec and Chrysalis Music Vice President of Business Affairs, Jeff Brabec and includes chapters on music publishing, copyright, recording contracts, motion picture and TV contracts and royalties, advertising commercials, performing rights, foreign country royalties, Broadway and off-Broadway theatre, lawyers, managers and agents, sampling of records and songs, the Internet, joint ventures, tips on breaking into the business and "How to value your copyrights if you are buying or selling them."

NEW! WHAT THEY'LL NEVER TELL YOU ABOUT THE MUSIC BUSINESS: The Myths, the Secrets, the Lies (& a Few Truths)
Peter M. Thall. Watson-Guptill, 2002. 288 pages
This insider guide discloses the hidden dynamics and often unfortunate consequences of what really happens when a deal is prepared, contracts are signed, and promises are made - and alerts musicians, attorneys, songwriters, and anyone else interested in the music business to the potent dangers lurking beneath the surface of this incredibly competitive industry. Over two dozen chapters cover virtually every aspect of the music industry, including recording agreements, record royalties, artistic management, music publishing, music marketing and promotion, merchandising, copyright infringement, and the international music business scene. What's more, the information in this invaluable reference is all explained clearly and concisely with no legal jargon. Author Peter Thall has been an attorney for over 30 years and is a member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers and board member of the prestigious New York Festival of Song.


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MUSIC BUSINESS
Donald Passman. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.
One of the broadest and most readable of all music industry books, this is a must-read for musicians and executives alike. Chapters include record deals, songwriting and music publishing, touring, merchandising and motion picture music. Filled with vital information on the technological advances that are reshaping the business, and how novices and experts alike should manage such changes. Revised and expanded.


THIS BUSINESS OF MUSIC MARKETING AND PROMOTION
Tad Lathrop, Jim Pettigrew. Watson-Guptill, 1999.
An invaluable guide to planning and producing a complete marketing campaign for selling music to the listening public, this book arms readers with key strategies and tools to ensure that a musical recording reaches its full sales potential.


THE BILLBOARD GUIDE TO HOME RECORDING, Revised Edition.
Ray Barrage. New York, NY: Billboard Books, 1997.
Thoroughly updated to keep up with the demands of an exploding industry, this indispensable guide hits the mark as a comprehensive reference to equipment and recording techniques.


THE BILLBOARD GUIDE TO MUSIC PUBLICITY, Revised Edition
Jim Pettigrew, Jr. New York, NY: Billboard Books, 1997.
This guide reveals the tricks of the trade in this newly updated, fully illustrated book. Supported by interviews with industry professionals, this book focuses on essential elements in music publicity such as, preparing effective press kits and press releases, using desktop publishing in music publicity, and tips for copy editing.

EVERYTHING YOU'D BETTER KNOW ABOUT THE RECORD INDUSTRY
Kashif, with contributions by Gary A. Greenberg. Venice, California: Brooklyn Boy Books, 1996.
Covering topics from all aspects of the business, this book finds multi-platinum, award-winning songwriter/producer Kashif drawing on his 24 years of experience to present a penetrating look at the music industry.


CONFESSIONS OF A RECORD PRODUCER, 2nd EDITION: HOW TO SURVIVE THE SCAMS AND SHAMS OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS
Moses Avalon. Backbeat Books. 2nd edition, 2001.
If you’re involved in the music recording game, Confessions of a Record Producer tells you what the record companies don’t want you to know--so you can protect your rights and preserve your assets. This book is not about how the music recording business should work, but how it does work. Using real-life examples from 15 years’ experience, industry insider Moses Avalon tells it like it is: how producers dip into budgets, artists steal songs, labels skim royalties, and other rip-offs and betrayals. Shooting straight from the hip--not to frighten, but to enlighten--Avalon reveals all the players’ hidden agendas and what you can do to survive them.


DICTIONARY OF MUSIC PUBLISHING AND ENGINEERING TERMINOLOGY
Wayne Wadhams. New York: Schirmer Books, 1988.
Intended to improve communication among music producers, their clients, and the engineers who will help create music, this dictionary covers fifteen different topics and industries. Includes terms from business, publishing, unions, records, jingles, and film and TV production. The book is easy to read and includes non-technical definitions and over 125 detailed illustrations.


HOW TO BE A WORKING MUSICIAN: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO EARNING MONEY IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS
Mike Leaven. New York: Billboard Books, 1997.
Written for both novices and professionals, this book discusses various ways for musicians to generate income, including performing in bars, working at sessions, and composing commercials.


HOW TO BE YOUR OWN BOOKING AGENT
Jeri Goldstein. The New Music Times, Inc., 2000.
With over two decades of experience as an agent, manager and promoter, Jeri Goldstein has the inside information any performer needs to become a touring artist. Her knowledge of the entertainment industry is logically presented in a step-by-step method certain to boost your career.


HOW TO MAKE AND SELL YOUR OWN RECORDING: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO INDEPENDENT RECORDING
Diane Rapaport (5th edition - paperback, 272 pages) Prentice Hall, 1999.
Since its first publication in 1979, the book has sold nearly 150,000 copies and serves as a major resource for musicians and music professionals that record and operate independently of major recording labels. The book explains the steps involved with setting up and managing a small record label. These include promotion, marketing, the language of business contracts, and the studio recording and engineering process. It also provides information on how major labels operate. This edition of How To Make and Sell Your Own Recording addresses the important technological changes that have occured in the nineties, including the impact of the Internet and how it is being used as an effective sales, marketing and promotional tool by indie labels and musicians.It is available by mail order from Jerome Headlands Press, P.O. Box N, Jerome, AZ 86331 for $33 postpaid, from bookstores, or Amazon.com.


HOW TO SUCCEED IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS WITHOUT SELLING YOUR SOUL, Revised Edition
Bob Monaco and James Riordan. Sherman Oaks, CA: Swordsman Press, 1990.
Written in a conversational style, this guide offers practical tips for achieving the goal of making a full-time living from music.


MAKING A LIVING IN YOUR LOCAL MUSIC MARKET
Dick Weissman. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Publishing, 1990.
Weissman discusses methods that musicians and composers can utilize to become gainfully employed in the music industry, regardless of their geographic location.


MAKING IT IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS
Lee Wilson. New York: Plume Books, 1995.
Entertainment lawyer Lee Wilson gives an overview of pertinent legal concerns, such as how to avoid copyright infringement, and how to register and protect a band name.


THIS BUSINESS OF MUSIC : THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
M. William Krasilovsky, Sidney Shemel, John Gross (Contributor).
Watson-Guptill, 8th edition - June 2000.
Since 1964, when it was first published, people working in every field of music have been turning to This Business of Music for answers to questions on legal, financial, or economic aspects of the industry. With an exhaustive appendix of standard industry forms and legal extracts, this bestseller continues in its role as the bible of the business side of music.


THE MUSIC BUSINESS: CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND SELF DEFENSE
Dick Weisman. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1990.
Includes advice on preparing and shipping demos, record company contracts, an overview of music publishing, and a brief history of the record industry. Offers insight into college music business programs and such music careers as church music, instrument building and repair, and arts management programs.


A MUSIC BUSINESS PRIMER
Diane Rapaport (paperback, 388 pages) Prentice Hall/Pearson Education, 2002.
A Music Business Primerdemystifies the industry's infrastructure and makes it comprehensible to anyone who loves music and wants to make it their profession. The book contains chapters describing how major industry businesspeople make money from artists' works - managers, agents, lawyers, record company executives, publishers, marketers - and examines major provisions in industry contracts. There are synopses of controversial industry lawsuits and incisive interviews with influential entrepreneurs. It is available by mail order from Jerome Headlands Press, P.O. Box N, Jerome, AZ 86331 for $33 postpaid, from bookstores, or Amazon.com.


THE MUSIC BUSINESS (EXPLAINED IN PLAIN ENGLISH): WHAT EVERY ARTIST AND SONGWRITER SHOULD KNOW TO AVOID GETTING RIPPED OFF!
Jeffrey Brandsetter and David Naggar. New York: SCB Distributors, 1996.
The authors present practical career building techniques in a straightforward manner. Topics include copyrighting and protecting your songs, tips for self promotion, and contract negotiation strategies.


MUSIC BUSINESS HANDBOOK AND CAREER GUIDE
David Baskerville, Ph.D. Los Angeles: The Sherwood Co., 1990.
A comprehensive presentation of songwriting, publishing, copyright, artist management, theater promotion, merchandising, and arts administration. Contains a useful guide to various resources in the music business.


THE MUSICIAN'S GUIDE TO MAKING & SELLING YOUR OWN CDS AND CASSETTES
Jana Stansfield. Cincinnati, OH: F&W Publications/Writer's Digest Books,1997.
Written by a singer, songwriter and businesswoman, this book covers the all the necessary steps for producing your own product.


THE MUSICIAN'S HANDBOOK: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING THE MUSIC BUSINESS
Bobby Borg. Watson-Guptill, 2003. 256 pages
Borg reveals over 35 must-know secrets for pursuing a successful career in the music business. Other chapters of this indispensable primer provide comprehensive coverage of the four types of business relationships, offer an authoritative perspective on the five key people a musician needs to succeed, and identify and discuss in depth the four major sources of music revenue.


MUSICIAN'S RESOURCE: GETTING YOUR ACT TOGETHER: The Watson-Gupkill Guide To Workshops, Conferences, Artist's Colonies, And Academic Programs.
Gwendoyln Freed. New York: Billboard Books, 1997.
Organized alphabetically by state, the Musician's Resource covers programs for ongoing studies and specialized training in classical, jazz, pop and other musical styles.

NATIONAL DIRECTORY OF RECORD LABELS AND MUSIC PUBLISHERS, 5th Edition.
Barbara Taylor, Editor. Atlanta, GA: Rising Star Music Publishing, 1996.
A listing of publishers, record companies and record producers.


NETWORKING IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS, 2nd Edition.
Dan Kimpel. MixBooks, Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation, 2000.
The music industry, like any other business, is based on personal relationships: who you know, what you know and who knows you. Networking in the Music Business is the blueprint for developing the people skills necessary to achieve success in this billion-dollar global industry. Kimpel shows exactly how personal skills positively impact professional achievements. These invaluable insights are vividly documented in a high-energy, easy-to-read fashion.


THE REAL DEAL: HOW TO GET SIGNED TO A RECORD LABEL FROM A TO Z
Daylle Deanna Schwartz. New York, NY: Billboard Books, 1997.
Written from the perspective of an industry insider, this music business primer offers a common sense guide to launching a recording career and landing a record deal. An excellent resource for artists, as well as songwriters, managers and producers, this book includes advice from recording artists Chuck D, Phoebe Snow, and LeeAnn Rimes; and Karin Beers, Senior Vice President of A& R at Warner Brothers Records.


RECORDING INDUSTRY SOURCEBOOK
c/o Whitehurst and Clark
100 Newfield Avenue
Edison, NJ 08837-3817
Telephone orders: (800) 233-9604
Directory of major and independent record labels, publishers, recording studios, entertainment attorneys and services geared toward the working musician.


THE INDIE BIBLE, 3rd Edition
By David Wimble. Big Meteor Publishing, August 2001
A comprehensive Internet guide for independent musicians who want to get their music heard, reviewed, played on the radio, and possibly distributed. This new edition (the old title was The Independent Musician’s Contact Bible) contains 33 articles on many important areas of the music business including songwriting, copyright law, marketing, how to submit music to radio stations, how to submit music for review, etc.


SELL YOUR MUSIC: How To Profitably Sell Your Own Recordings Online
By Mark Curran. NMD Books, 2001.
Written by a recognized expert in online music marketing, Mark Curran's Sell Your Music: How To Profitably Sell Your Own Recordings Online is a comprehensive, user-friendly, step by step guide to using the Internet in order to make money from your own music. Sell Your Music contains extensive interviews with independent musicians who have made thousands of dollars, as well as tips, tricks, and techniques to reaching your target market and maximizing your profits while minimizing hassle. Highly recommended for all aspiring performers whether they are soloists or band members.


SOUND ADVICE: THE MUSICIAN'S GUIDE TO THE RECORD INDUSTRY
Wayne Wadhams. New York: Schirmer Books, 1990.
An overview of many topics, including music publishing (mechanical, synchronization licenses, derivative rights), selecting a lawyer and manager, tips on contracts (including sample agreements), and marketing demo tapes (budget, presentation, process of selecting a label). Includes a useful list of music organizations and suggested reading.


THIS BUSINESS OF ARTIST MANAGEMENT, 3rd Edition.
Xavier M. Frascogna and Lee Hetherington. New York: Billboard Books, 1997.
This authoritative standard resource on artist management expands its insights even further in this updated edition. Professional and aspiring managers and career-minded performers will find guidance on topics such as setting up the artist's career plan, image formation, choosing attorneys and business advisors, and handling success and money management. The authors of this acclaimed book are recipients of ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award for books.


TIM SWEENEY'S GUIDE TO RELEASING INDEPENDENT RECORDS
Tim Sweeney and Mark Geller. Los Angeles: TSA Books, 1996.
An extremely detailed book designed to help artists release and promote their own music. The book outlines the entire process, including packaging, distribution, promotion and marketing, and more. Also see http://www.tsamusic.com/.


TUNESMITH -- INSIDE THE ART OF SONGWRITING
Jimmy Webb. New York: Hyperion Books, 1998.
ASCAP Board Member Jimmy Webb is one of the most successful and diverse songwriters of his generation (and several others -- he scored his first hit at the age of 21), with such songs as "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," "Galveston," "Up, Up and Away," and "MacArthur Park" to his credit, as well as extensive work in film and television. He is also the only artist ever to receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration. He has used that same grace and eloquence in this book, which is an incredible resource for all aspiring songwriters. With a combination of anecdotes, meditations, humor, and advice, he breaks down the entire process of creating a song from beginning to end, including coping with writers' block, song construction, rhyme schemes, chord progression, and the art of collaboration. He then takes it a step beyond, shedding light on the machinations of marketing yourself, selling a song, and coping with big business in any of the centers of the professional music world.


WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
Joe Owens. New York: Harper Perennial, 1995.
Owens offers practical advice on how to attract the attention of record companies, get demo tapes heard, build a business team of professionals who launch and sustain careers, and avoid getting ripped off.

RECORDING INDUSTRY | Periodicals, Directories, Newsletters, etc.

THE ALBUM NETWORK'S YELLOW PAGES OF ROCK
120 N. Victory Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Burbank, CA 91502
Telephone: (800)222-4382
The near-complete "rock rolodex," providing telephone numbers, addresses and personnel for radio networks, record labels, music retail, distributors, recording studios, CD duplication and mastering facilities, press and public relations consultants, and much more. Note that this publication is a directory and contains no instructive text.

ASCAP PLAYBACK
1 Lincoln Plaza
New York, NY 10023
(212) 621-6000
http://www.ascap.com/playback/playback.html
Playback, ASCAP's member magazine, is published quarterly. The magazine features important legislative information and many features, including informative articles about the music business and the accomplishments of prominent ASCAP members, as well as ASCAP's many events and award shows. Members may report premieres, commissions, and performances to be listed in the "Steppin' Out" column.

BILLBOARD (Weekly)
One Astor Plaza
1515 Broadway, New York NY 10036
(800)745-8922 (subscriptions and information)
(212)764-7300 (advertising)
http://www.billboard.com/
One of the entertainment industry's best known publications, Billboard contains information on all facets of current news and trends in the business. The news articles cover domestic and international events. There are charts of top albums and singles in many categories, top video sales and rentals, and top radio play. Photographs of events and personalities are liberally interspersed.

THE CMJ DIRECTORY
11 Middle Neck Rd., #400
Great Neck, NY 11021
Telephone: (516) 466-6000
http://www.cmj.com/
Published annually by the company that produces the CMJ New Music Report and the annual CMJ Music Marathon convention, this directory is an essential contact guide for the college radio and "alternative" areas of the music industry. Extensive college, commercial, non-commercial and high school radio listings (subdivided by musical genre), booking agents, distributors, promotion and publicity organizations, management, music publishers, retail outlets, and record labels (particularly independents)are exhaustively listed.

HOME RECORDING
P.O Box 55570
Boulder, CO 80322-5570
(800 937-0420
http://www.homerecordingmag.com/
Features interviews with big name producers and engineers in addition to technology and software reviews.

MUSICIAN'S GUIDE TO TOURING AND PROMOTION
1515 Broadway, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10036
(800) 347-6969
Now in its eighth edition, this annual directory not only provides venue listings for artists booking their own tours, but also lists record stores, radio stations, local press, web sites, cassette and CD manufacturers, a directory of music publishers, performing rights organizations, and A&R executives, and even other bands.

RADIO AND RECORDS (Weekly)
10100 Santa Monica Blvd, 6th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
http://www.rronline.com/
Radio and Records (R&R) is a news weekly which is geared to the broadcast and recording segments of the entertainment industry. Charts included in this publication cover cable stations and non-cable stations alike.

ROLLING STONE
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New york, NY 10104-0298
(212) 484-1616
http://www.rollingstone.com/
The original pop music magazine – where pop music, pop culture and fashion meet and mix.

THE RECORDING MUSICIAN'S ASSOCIATION DIRECTORY
817 Vine Street, Suite 209
Hollywood, CA 90038-3715
Telephone: (213) 462-4RMA Fax: (213) 462-4762
The Recording Musician Association Directory contains an alphabetical listing of RMA affiliated studio musicians. Includes useful information such as a recording studio and music equipment guide, sample contracts and other useful services.

RECORDING INDUSTRY | Professional Organizations

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)
Suite 600, Paramount Building
1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
(212) 869-1330; toll free (800) 762-3444
http://www.afm.org/
The AFM is a trade union that represents professional U.S. and Canadian musicians in collective bargaining and contract negotiations in all aspects of the entertainment industry. It also publishes The International Musician.

AMERICAN MUSIC CONFERENCE (AMC)
5760 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008-4391
Tel: (760) 431-9124
This service organization distributes music industry information to amateur musicians and encourages their participation in various musical activities. Its supporters include record companies, ASCAP, and radio and television networks.

ASSOCIATION FOR INDEPENDENT MUSIC
P.O. Box 988
Whitesburg, KY 41858
Tel: (606) 633-0946/Fax (606) 633-1160
A membership organization of independent record companies and wholesalers which provides resources, meetings, information, legal assistance, and acts as a go-between with major retail record chains and the music unions. AFIM also sponsors the Indie Awards.

AUDIO ENGINEERING SOCIETY (AES)
60 East 42 Street, Rm. 2520
New York, NY 10165
Tel: (212) 661-8528/Fax: (212) 682-0477
http://www.aes.org/
Promotes research and commercial interests of designers, manufacturers, buyers, and users of professional and semiprofessional audio equipment. Its two annual trade shows (held in the US and Europe) display most current makes and models of audio equipment.

BILLBOARD TALENT NET
1790 Broadway, #704
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: 212/757-2031
http://www.billboardtalentnet.com/
Billboard Talent Net is a professionally oriented online showcase for unsigned and developing artists in all genres, presenting music, images, artist bio and professional information for participating artists. It also includes an online radio station and many different career guidance and music business articles, as well as several feature areas to spotlight artists. The site also provides an online business-to-business service -- a virtual marketplace for small and larger independent music companies seeking licensing and artist development opportunities for their own artists.

COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA)
1 Music Circle South, Nashville, TN 37203
Tel: (615) 244-2840 / Fax: (615) 726-0314
http://www.countrymusic.org/
An international organization dedicated to the preservation, development, and promotion of country music. It sponsors educational activities, and presents awards in 20 categories in a televised ceremony.

GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION (GMA)
1205 Division Street
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 242-0303
http://www.gospelmusic.org/
An international service organization whose purpose is to preserve and promote gospel music. Members vote annually to present the Dove Awards in20 categories.

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF RECORDING ARTS & SCIENCES (NARAS)
3402 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Tel: (310) 392-3777/Fax: (310) 392-2778
156 W. 56th Street
NY, NY 10019
Tel: (212) 245-5440
http://www.grammy.com/
NARAS, also known as The Recording Academy, is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. The Recording Academy is internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards and is responsible for scholarships, research grants, workshops, publications and a career handbook.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RECORDING MERCHANDISERS (NARM)
11 Eves Drive, # 140
Marlton, NJ 08053
Tel: (609) 596-2221/Fax: (609) 596-3268
http://www.narm.com/
NARM includes retailers, distributors, rack jobbers, major, major/minor and independent labels, and cassette duplication companies whose primary income is from sales. It also sponsors promotional campaigns, lobbying, and the annual Gift of Music Awards.

RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (RIAA)
1330 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 775-0101/Fax: (202) 775-7253
http://www.riaa.com/
The RIAA is a trade group whose member companies create, manufacture and/or distribute more than 90 percent of all legitimate sound recordings sold and produced in the United States. The mission of the RIAA is to protect and defend artistic freedom; promote strong intellectual property protection; combat record piracy; expand market access opportunities worldwide; meet the challenges of technology; facilitate the development of voluntary industry standards; and foster awareness of industry issues and products. The RIAA also administers the Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum Awards Program.

THE RECORDING MUSICIAN'S ASSOCIATION (RMA)
817 Vine Street, Suite 209
Hollywood, CA 90038-3715
Telephone: (213) 462-4RMA Fax: (213)462-4762
A member association dedicated to guaranteeing effective representation in AFM contract negotiations and other affairs affecting the livelihoods of professionally recording musicians. Publishes the Recording Musicians Association Directory.

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