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All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Ninth Edition
by Donald Passman

“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.”

A veteran lawyer with more than three decades' experience representing talent offers a fully updated, comprehensive insider's guide to the music industry, including how to negotiate record contracts, publishing rights, copyrights and how to acquire lucrative concert, touring and merchandising deals.

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 ninth edition, Passman's classic guide is updated to give you all the information necessary to thrive in this exhilarating and unpredicatable environment no matter who you are.

Performers: Learn the risks and benefits of do-it-yourself music distribution, and how to protect yourself whether you sign with a record label or go it on your own;

Songwriters: Understand the complicated world of exploiting your songs and negotiating the best possible deals;

Managers/Executives: Get an overview of the entire business, plus the specifics you need to advancce your career;

Considering a career in music?: Familiarize youself with the structure of the industry and figure out which path to take.

About the Author:

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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