About The Book
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 guideand 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:
He also gives guidance on the basics, such as how to:
Anyone interested in making and marketing musicmusicians, songwriters, agents, promoters, publishers, managers, and record company executivesneeds 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.
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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.
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