Artist Development: A Distinctive Guide to the Music Industry's Lost Art

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Eugene Foley teaches up-and-coming artists, musicians, songwriters, managers and independent label owners the key elements regarding the most important topic in the music business, and one that is often ignored these days, Artist Development. Foley, a renowned agent, consultant and author, presents this information in a clear, concise, musician-friendly manner. Armed with a law degree and gifted with a golden ear, he successfully blends his academic accomplishments with outstanding creative skills. Foley ...
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Overview

Eugene Foley teaches up-and-coming artists, musicians, songwriters, managers and independent label owners the key elements regarding the most important topic in the music business, and one that is often ignored these days, Artist Development. Foley, a renowned agent, consultant and author, presents this information in a clear, concise, musician-friendly manner. Armed with a law degree and gifted with a golden ear, he successfully blends his academic accomplishments with outstanding creative skills. Foley continued his formal education at Harvard & Cornell, two prestigious Ivy League universities, to remain on the cutting edge of his profession. But he doesn't write like a "professor" – he writes like a trusted friend. After many years of working in the music industry on a daily basis, Foley knows the areas that people generally need the most help with. He turned those needs into an educational primer that presents a solid overview about Artist Development, along with several other important topics that beginners and intermediates should know more about if they expect to compete in this business. Foley also includes numerous candid and entertaining stories culled from his vast experiences. If you like your facts straight to the point, have a strong desire to reach your potential and strive to set realistic career goals, then this is the book for you! Foley and/or his clients, have contributed to projects involving numerous major record companies, in various capacities, at some point in their respective careers, including: Atlantic, Columbia, A&M, Epic, Arista, CBS, Universal, MCA, EMI, RCA, Sony, Lava, Interscope, Hollywood, Polygram, Elektra, Capitol, Geffen and Warner Bros. Clients have earned nearly 40 Gold & Platinum Records & 3 Grammy® Awards for their overall career accomplishments. Foley has been a frequent contributor to music related features on MTV, VH-1 and Fox, among many others. Artist Development, A Distinctive Guide To The Music Industry’s Lost Art is a helpful resource for anyone trying to advance their career in this dynamic industry. Each section is full of valuable information and presented with Foley’s direct and engaging style Topics Include:
*  Artist Development Techniques
*  Improving Your Songwriting
*  Press Kit Design
*  Choosing Advisors
*  Marketing & Publicity
*  Radio Promotion
*  Music Videos
*  Touring
*  Record Companies
*  Distribution
*  Music Publishing
*  Alternative Career Options
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Editorial Reviews

Amplifier Magazine
"So you wanna be a rock 'n' roll star? Before you start composing that Grammy Award acceptance speech, read this book. Foley's step-by-step guide offers beginners a no-frills, easy-to-understand overview of just about every facet of the business. Unlike many books written for musicians, Foley affords artists a realistic peek into how the industry views them and what strategies they'll need in order to have a legitimate shot at a career. In the process, the author dispels many myths and widely-held misconceptions. There's even a helpful chapter on choosing alternative careers in music in case your Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame nomination falls through. From start to finish in Artist Development, Foley keeps it real. "
C.M.J.
"In an industry that has a nasty habit of churning out one-hit wonders instead of developing artists, Foley's book hopes to offer guidance to young musicians hoping for long-term fame."
Dan Lorenzo
"The music business may seem complex at times, but some of it CAN be explained in simpler terms. People rarely do this for you. Eugene Foley's book breaks it down so anyone can comprehend it."
Steppin' Out Magazine
Inside Connection Magazine
"Eugene Foley, (author of Artist Development) has earned his wings in the music industry the old fashioned way: through hard work, determination, and building his reputation on professionalism and commitment to quality work."
Madalyn Sklar
"If you are looking for helpful information and advice on the music business, look no further. Eugene Foley has put together a comprehensive book that will guide you through key areas of the biz. From crafting songs to promotions, music publishing to distribution, there is something in this book for you. Personally, I found all chapters to be quite informative. Not surprising since Foley is a renowned agent, consultant and author. He's worked with clients earning Gold and Platinum records as well as Grammy awards. Bottom line, Foley is someone to listen to!"
GoGirlsMusic.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977071500
  • Publisher: Foley Entertainment, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 608,828
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2005

    Good inside information for artists

    Eugene Foley's book is an invaluable tool. Straight forward writing from a pro that really knows the business. Read this book before launching a promo campaign to avoid costly mistakes. You only get one chance at a first impression. Do it right the first time by having inside industry information!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2006

    Instant Rock Star?- Just add Gene Foley :)

    It's a great book. Like I said before...concise, informative, positive, charming, and real. It was helpful to me particularly in that it gave me hope for my new endeavor. You are very emphatic about the benefits of college radio...success there as a focal point to grow. I always wondered how small indie bands or label-less bands travel around the usa and have an audience. College radio seems to answer that. Another thing done well in the book is the great balance you had between tooting your own horn...(you very well should!)...and seeing a broader more objective view of the industry. And lastly I can't say enough about that awesome guitar on the front cover! That thing looks like it rocks...and without the air in it...I bet it's really light and portable :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2006

    great book for up and coming artists

    this book is great for anyone who wants the ins and outs of the music world. it gives great explination of each part of the buisness such as the differences between independant and major labes. along with this, many people can get an inside look on how to make a great and meaning ful press kit, and what each of the parts of pubisity like newpaers, comercials, and things such as this should be aproached. i strongly recomend this book to any one who wants to start a carreer or already has a successful band that wants to make it better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2005

    Don't Leave Home Without It

    Eugene Foley has taken the complexities of artist development and written a practical 'nuts and bolts' manual that will help bands, managers, and even parents get on the right track. With the constant changes in the music business in the digital age, I found this book provided me with a multitude of great ideas for immediate use by my clients.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2005

    This book is a fabulous source for musicians

    Aspiring artists need to read this book. Save yourself costly mistakes by finding out the right things to do and in what order to appeal to deal makers in the music business. This is a valuble tool in building your career. Highest recommendation!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2005

    Straight to the point in simple language!

    Foley gets it! I am a musician and a songwriter, I don't have the desire to earn a law degree or an MBA just to have a shot in the music biz. This book unravels the business of music in concise language that even attention span-challenged souls like myself can digest. If you want straight answers without the babble, this is the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2005

    The bible for artist

    I have been in the music business for nearly 20 years, as a musician, writer, performer and advisor. I wish I would have known Gene from the beginning of my career. It would have saved me a lot of time, leg work and money. Gene I met a few years ago, and his advise and support have become invaluable. I strongly suggest this book, not only to artist starting out, but to the seasoned professonals who have seen and done it all. Thank you Gene, Dwight David Evans

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2005

    A Guide To Success For The 'DIY' Artists

    In his new release, Artist Development: A Distinctive Guide to the Music Industry's Lost Art, Eugene Foley provides crucial information for all 'Do It Yourself' aspiring artists. Many times in the case of the these artists, the DIY method shows through far too much in the ways that they present and promote themselves. By following the steps provided in this book, they can portray themselves in more of a professional manner, while still being aware of any financial restraints. Not only is this guide very informative and helpful in answering questions relating to this cut-throat industry, but it is well written and easy to follow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    All You Need to Know About Artist Development!

    Eugene Foley presents a short, but in-depth method for developing yourself as an artist and offers easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions the artist needs to take to drive their career. In this 128 page book, you get no filler - only useful information that is vital to the success of the DIY artist. Foley starts with the basics - the songs - and teaches the artist how to create a solid foundation and build from there. You will learn how to put together an effective press kit, publicity campaign, tour and you'll get pertinent information regarding major and indie record labels, distribution and publishing. This book is thorough and succinct and one every developing artist should add to their library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    Agent to the Stars in your own Living Room

    Dr. Gene's newest offering, 'Artist Development: A distinctive guide to the music industry's lost art' allows up-and-coming artists and industry hopefuls a chance to have a world class music industry Agent point out the 'secrets' to realizing your potential as an artist and doing what used to be the record companies job of grooming a raw artist into an established act. Gene's resume speaks for itself and his demeanor and speaking style do not flaunt his having worked with the industry's top-selling stars and Major Label presidents and CEO's. He lays it on the line and tells you what it takes to even begin to succeed in this business. I found his book to be an excellent and concise reference that I turn to whenever a question arises that I need answered. Dr. Foley's book is a must-have signpost on the journey to your goals in this business that tears your heart out before fulfilling your wildest dreams.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2005

    A Must - Have for Aspiring Musicians!

    Eugene Foley's 'Artist Development' is an absolute must-have for aspiring musicians. As an artist myself, I have found his tips on touring and press kits especially helpful to my career development, but most importantly I have seen positive results. Most books of this type are geared towards individuals who have already made their way in the music industry, so it's extremely refreshing to see an industry insider write a book for the laymen.

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