About The Author

Donald S. Passman

Donald Passman is the author of All You Need To Know About the Music Business and a graduate of the University of Texas and Harvard Law School. He practices law with the Los Angeles firm of Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman and has specialized in the music business for more than forty years.

Don has lectured extensively on the music industry, including at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, USC Gould School of Law, UCLA School of Law, the Los Angeles Copyright Society, and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He is also the author of three novels: The Amazing Harvey, The Visionary, and Mirage.

Don has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for more than twenty years, as well as the Top 100 Lawyers in California, the Top 500 Attorneys in America, Billboard’s Power 100, Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Entertainment Attorneys, Billboard’s Music’s Most Powerful
Attorneys, and Southern California’s Super Lawyers.

Passman cycles through various hobbies, because he’s a serial obsessive, including magic, poker, backgammon, guitar, five-string banjo, and real estate investment. He is a licensed real estate broker, a magician member of the Magic Castle, a dog obedience trainer with degrees in the United States and Mexico, and possesses the highest possible amateur radio licensee (Amateur Extra).

Passman has also been active in community and charitable activities, including acting as president of the Music Industry Division, and sitting on the national board of The City of Hope; as a Trustee of the Artists’ Rights Foundation; as vice president for the Center for Early Education; and as a Federation Chief in the YMCA Indian Guides Program.

Video Interviews

Donald S Passman - All You Need To Know About The Music Business, 10th Edition - Interview
Don Passman on: All You Need to Know About the Music Business
Don Passman on Who an Artist Needs on Their Team
Record Deals and The Future of Music with Don Passman
Do I Need a Record Label? Don Passman explains at ASCAP EXPO
Why the future of music is bright - Don Passman at the ASCAP EXPO
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A 10th edition of the Los Angeles-based father of four’s required-reading book, All You Need to Know About the Music Business, is [available now] with the rise of streaming set to be an integral element.

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