All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Eighth Edition

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 while coping with piracy? 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 his sage advice for creating, selling, sharing, and protecting your music in the Information Age in 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—which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies over the past twenty years—draws on 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 yet easy-to-understand explanations of the latest technology, legalities, and practices shaping the music business, such as:

• Royalties for music transmitted via digital down- loads, streaming services, cloud lockers, and apps

• Updated licensing regulations and industry agreements

• The most recent 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 major and 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 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 and challenging industries.

Nanci Arvizu, Writing and Reviews Editor

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3 Comments

  1. Definitive Starter’s Guide, But There’s More You “Need to Know” Passman’s book is one of the best. Bar-none it’s the best music industry “starter’s guide”. Passman nails the big points, uses humor to explain difficult concepts, and even maps out the ways to read/engage it. The only downside? It’s not “All You Need to Know” in the 21st century. 

  2. best music business book out there this was used as a text book in my college classes, given to me again to read at my first job at harry fox, and i’m now reading it for the 3rd time with the new updates. this is the best book out there if you want to know about the workings of the music industry.

  3. Hardly All You Need To Know This book is a great depth of knowledge on the laws and policies of the major label music business, but discusses nothing of how the new music business operates or anything you would need to know to get people to hear your music.

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