These days working at the agency and meeting a lot of younger artists I find that many people do not have knowledge of the music business. Understanding the basics of the business will help any musician navigate through this crazy business called the music industry. Times have changed over the years and to best keep up with the ever changing industry; basic knowledge helps!
I’ve listed a few key books along with some links that will help you understand the basics of this business. There are many facets to the industry from touring, publishing, licensing, mechanical sales and merchandising. Many corporations behind the scenes like Billboard, The Harry Fox Agency, Soundscan, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, etc. Have you heard of these?
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The following are books that can help guide you while learning the business aspect of the industry:
- All You Need to Know About the Music Business by Donald Passman
- Confessions of a Record Producer by Moses Avalon
- The Future of the Music by David Kusek
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