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    angopop
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    Hello, and Happy New Year.

    I feel like I need to learn more about the business side of what we all do here … I feel like I should know more about, specifically: copyright, publishing, understanding contracts, etc…

    My day job offers me continuing education, and I could get a Masters Degree in Entertainment Business from a certain large Florida institution, which I’m mulling over. The thing is, I don’t need a degree, and am wary of the time it will take away from music — I only want the knowledge.

    My question to you guys is, what books would you recommend to learn more about these topics, or websites, or perhaps some courses (online or physical — I’m in the Los Angeles area).

    Thanks

    (A couple of the books I’ve had recommended are:

    All You Need to Know About the Music Business Hardcover by Donald S. Passman

    This Business of Music by M. William Krasilovsky)

    #14320 Reply
    patrick
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    I would second getting “All You Need to Know About the Music Business” by Donald S. Passman. It is a great book that covers all the basics and is written in an easy to read style. I would also recommend as a general reference to film/tv music the book “On the Track” by Fred Karlin and Rayburn Wright. This isn’t specifically geared towards copyright, publishing, etc, but is a wonderful resource on the art, craft, and business of film music.

    Best

    #14322 Reply
    Michael Nickolas
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    My shelf has Passman’s book and the Brabec’s “Music Money and Success”.

    #14324 Reply
    MichaelL
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    My shelf has Passman’s book and the Brabec’s “Music Money and Success”.

    +1 Michael. I have both as well as

    your PDF: The Independent Artists Guide to Pricing Music

    And
    Emmett Cooke’s: The Business of Music Licensing

    #14326 Reply
    yzzman1
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    Both of the books you mentioned are fantastic. They are also quite different from each other which I find to be a great thing. I’ve been through both several times and still consider them top level reading material. Another book I like a lot is “Hitmen” by Frederic Dannen. Talks about a lot of the scandals that have gone down in the music business over the past 50 or so years. Good knowledge to have.

    As for the music library business though – there’s so much information on THIS site.

    #14354 Reply
    angopop
    Participant

    Thanks all … I’ve got some new reading material coming….

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