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Edition: 8th
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Free Press
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1451682468
ISBN-13: 978-1451682465
Date: December 4, 2012

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The past two decades have seen file-sharing technology and digital streaming services transform the music business from top to bottom, and the changes keep coming at breakneck speed. How are record labels adapting to the demand for instantly accessible, low-cost music? And what does it all mean for aspiring and established artists today?

Donald Passman, one of the most trusted music lawyers in the country, offers up his sage advice for creating, selling, sharing, and protecting your music in the Information Age. This updated eighth edition of All You Need to Know About the Music Business. Called "the industry bible" by the Los Angeles Times, Passman's comprehensive guide—and which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies over the past 20 yearsgives you the benefit of his unparalleled experience and up-to-the-minute knowledge of industry trends.

Executives and artists, experts and novices alike, will benefit from Passman's detailed explanations of the latest technology, legalities, and practices shaping the music business, such as:

  • Royalties for music transmitted via digital downloads, streaming services, , cloud lockers, and apps
  • Updated copyright and licensing regulations and industry agreements
  • The most recent industry practices in recording and music publishing deals
  • The new challenges for performing rights societies
  • He also gives guidance on the basics, such as how to:

  • Select and hire a winning team of advisors—personal and business managers, agents, and attorneys—and structure their commissions, percentages, and fees in a way that will protect you and maximize these relationships
  • Master the finer points of contract negotiations
  • Navigate the ins and outs of songwriting and music publishing
  • Maximize concert, touring, and merchandising agreements
  • Anyone interested in making and marketing music—musicians, songwriters, agents, promoters, publishers, managers, and record company executives—needs to read this crucial text to keep up with the frenetic pace of technological and legal change. No one understands the music business better than Passman. Let him show you how to "make it" in one of the world's most dynamic industries.

    Donald S. Passman is a graduate of the University of Texas and Harvard Law School. He practices law with the Los Angeles firm of Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, Inc. and has specialized intensively in the music business for more than thirty years. He is frequently cited as one of the most influential people in the entertainment industry, and his clients include major entertainers, publishers, record companies, songwriters, industry executives, film companies, managers, producers, and other participants in the music industry.

    Back cover copy:

    Donald Passman's expertise in the music industry is unmatched, and every day he helps his clients through the complexities of an ever-changing business. Now in its eighth edition, Passman's classic guide is updated to give you the information necessary to thrive in this exhilarating and unpredictable environmentno matter who you are.

  • Performers: Learn the benefits and risks of Do-It-Yourself music distribution
  • Songwriters: Get savvy about the fine print on your contract agreements
  • Executives: Keep on top of the latest copyright, licensing, and royalty regulations
  • Promoters: Understand the impact of well-negotiated touring and merchandising deals
  • Praise for All You Need to Know About the Music Business

    "The definitive text on the business of music written by the man the most talented artists in the world look to for advice."—Rick Rubin, Grammy-winning record producer, co-head of Columbia Records

    "I read this book at age 13 and then things turned out okay for me." —Katy Perry, singer and songwriter

    "If you want to be in music, you have to read this book." —Adam Levine, lead singer and guitarist, Maroon 5 and The Voice judge

    "I always recommend Don's book when artists ask about the music business."—Randy Jackson, producer and American Idol judge

    "I got some real simple advice for people who wanna make it in the music biz: Read Don's book."—Jermaine Dupri, record producer, Grammy-winning songwriter

    "I highly recommend Don's book to anyone who has ever been interested in the music business. His experience and insight into the inner workings of the music world make this an indispensable work."—Quincy Jones

    "This is the best book I know for someone who wants to understand the music business."—T. Bone Burnett, Grammy-winning producer, recording artist

    "I've spent years trying to get Don to open up like this to me. Never has he been so eloquent, so patient, or so thorough. It cost me a fortune to get these diamonds from Don: Now you can have them. For your own. At a fraction of the cost."—Tom Waits