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The industry bible" (Los Angeles Times), 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 The industry bible" (Los Angeles Times), 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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The industry bible" (Los Angeles Times), 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 The industry bible" (Los Angeles Times), 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.

30 review for All You Need to Know about the Music Business: 10th Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Manuel (Manny) Hernandez

    As a new Manager for @WROSEband, my son's band, and someone with zero background in the music business, this book was a godsend! Mr. Passman has been in the industry for a LONG time, and he breaks things down here for those of us that need a crash course. He provides a pretty useful order to read the book (which is just over 500 pages long in its 10th edition), so you can focus on the sections/chapters that are most relevant to your needs. The only downside to the book is nothing you can't imagine As a new Manager for @WROSEband, my son's band, and someone with zero background in the music business, this book was a godsend! Mr. Passman has been in the industry for a LONG time, and he breaks things down here for those of us that need a crash course. He provides a pretty useful order to read the book (which is just over 500 pages long in its 10th edition), so you can focus on the sections/chapters that are most relevant to your needs. The only downside to the book is nothing you can't imagine: with industries like music, things are changing quite a bit. Streaming is now how most music is consumed, and that has disrupted the business model quite a bit. There's, for example the advent of Fan Powered Royalties by SoundCloud, which was an ideal at the time he wrote the book (2019), but became a reality in early 2021. But this doesn't take away from the usefulness of the book. This is, without a doubt, a MUST read for anyone entering the business, and for those who have been in it long enough and want to better understand it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David DeLoach

    Read the 2nd edition years ago and now the updated 10th edition. Passman does a really good job explaining the modern world of music streaming. If you want to make a living in music, you MUST read this book. It is a stark reality check about what you have to plow thru and endure.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Wijdeveld

    Very interesting book with a lot of inside information on how the music business works. Donald S. Passman explains everything in great detail (which sometimes can make it hard to read) with a sense of humor as well. Would definitely recommend this book to everyone who's trying to make it in the music industry (whether you're a musician or someone who wants to work in the industry), although I have to say that all the info is very much focussed on the American music industry. As a Dutchman I felt Very interesting book with a lot of inside information on how the music business works. Donald S. Passman explains everything in great detail (which sometimes can make it hard to read) with a sense of humor as well. Would definitely recommend this book to everyone who's trying to make it in the music industry (whether you're a musician or someone who wants to work in the industry), although I have to say that all the info is very much focussed on the American music industry. As a Dutchman I felt as if quite some figures and info weren't relatable to the music industry over here in the Netherlands/Europe. (I didn't read every single page, since I skipped some chapters that weren't within my field of interest)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Camilo

    I never imagined that music industry is a very complex universe for all the points of view that you need to be aware. Donald Passman bring a lot of information not useful but necessary to everyone that lives in this world. He has ways to make you pay attention through the reading with simple but effective comments that make you laugh and keep the rhythm of the reading. Without any doubt is a mandatory book even for people that wants to know how works music industry. I'm very happy for all the know I never imagined that music industry is a very complex universe for all the points of view that you need to be aware. Donald Passman bring a lot of information not useful but necessary to everyone that lives in this world. He has ways to make you pay attention through the reading with simple but effective comments that make you laugh and keep the rhythm of the reading. Without any doubt is a mandatory book even for people that wants to know how works music industry. I'm very happy for all the knowledge that I have now. It would be amazing to have this kind of book in all the countries to understand how it works in a local way.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Herb

    While this isn’t necessarily a fun read, it’s an absolutely essential book for anyone trying to make a living in music or entertainment. This guy is profoundly knowledgeable in all areas of law, and managed to make our class on entertainment law moderately understandable. I can’t imagine actually needing to make sense of all of it, though the younger and more agile minds in my class did!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fipah

    The absolute best when you need to orient yourself in the extremely complicated world of record labels, getting signed, royalties, streaming, sync licensing and music business in general. An absolute gem of a guide you can always turn back to when you need advice on specific topics/issues.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jay Rana

    Took me about two months, but a great first book to read while entering the industry! Timely updated, quirky, funny, and a lot more while providing essential knowledge about how the music factory functions!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Arash Fattahi Acosta

    The best book on Music Business!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    Dense. Great information if you have the time to learn about a foreign world.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hangi Tavakoli

    Definitely recommended to anyone who wants to take serious part in music business, in any role!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Cheng

    The parts regarding the music industry were good and worth the time, filter the business advice.

  12. 5 out of 5

    William Podolak

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sami

  14. 5 out of 5

    Richte Westerman

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sheel

  16. 5 out of 5

    Will Curley

  17. 5 out of 5

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  18. 5 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

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    Rajat Dave

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dae Moyer

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jameel Adeniji

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