Revised Book Explains the Business of the Music Business
BOB RUGGIERO | NOVEMBER 21, 2019 | 4:00AM
All You Need to Know About the Music Business—Tenth Edition By Donald S. Passman 528 pp. $35 Simon & Schuster
So kid, ya think ya got some talent and ya wanna break into the music biz? Yer momma and all your Facebook Friends tell you your signing is tops and nobody plunks a piano key or pens musical poetry like you? Sure! Sign right here!
Oh, and by the way, I’m sure you’ve already picked out a personal manager, business manager, lawyer, agent, and PR team, right? And you know the difference between U.S. and foreign royalty configurations? Along with the meanings of phrases and business concepts like a controlled composition clause, deal points, double commissions, net tour take after deductions, advances against royalties, merchandising cuts, song copyright, and group provisions – just in case your bassist quits in a huff. You know all that, right?
Veteran music business attorney Don Passman, who represents Taylor Swift, Paul Simon, Adele and Stevie Wonder, has released an updated edition of his seminal All You Need To Know About the Music Business. Its 10th edition is now out. The first edition debuted in 1991. Passman is a partner at Gang Tyre Ramer Brown & Passman, and has also written three novels.
When it comes to the music business, Don Passman has seen it all — and written the book on it. Due to 40 years of accomplishments, clout and clients — which currently include Taylor Swift, Paul Simon, Adele and Stevie Wonder — Passman has landed on Billboard’s Power 100 list the past two years. But in most circles the attorney is best known for his seminal tome All You Need to Know About the Music Business, a detailed handbook made palatable and engaging through anecdotes and humor, which will be rereleased for its 10th edition on Nov. 2. (The first edition was published in 1991.)
OCTOBER 30, 2019 5:26PM PT By ROY TRAKIN @roytrakinFOLLOW
On November 14, veteran music attorney Donald Passman will receive the Cedars Sinai Board of Governors 2019 Visionary Award. The award is a fitting one, not just for the work the lawyer/author has done on behalf of the hospital, but for his groundbreaking 1991 book “All You Need to Know About the Music Business,” the 10th edition of which is out this week on Simon & Schuster. Passman estimates the book has sold a half-million copies in its various iterations over that time.
In early 2018, Jay James was gearing up for the rollout of his new album, when all is said and done. Although it wasn’t the San Diego-based composer and producer’s first project, James believed that the album could be his big break. For the first time in his music career, the young artist decided to invest some money into marketing and PR.