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Top 5 music business books
The music business is a fast-moving industry that can be hard to keep up with. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best books about the music business, covering topics like copyright law, licensing, and more.
All You Need to Know About the Music Business, by Donald Passman
This book is written by a lawyer representing some of the biggest names in music. Because it’s a legal guide, it focuses more on the nuts and bolts of how the industry works rather than how you can get your start as an artist or manager–but this information is still beneficial to anyone looking to break into any aspect of the business.
All You Need to Know About the Music Business covers just about everything you could imagine: contracts between artists and labels, copyright law, royalties (including mechanical royalties), publishing deals, and reporting requirements for record labels–it’s all covered here. The author does an excellent job explaining concepts such as “mechanical licensing” and “bundle sales” in layman’s terms so that even beginners will understand them easily; he also provides examples from actual lawsuits that happened throughout history to help illustrate his points.