Making It in the Music Business: The Business and Legal Guide for Songwriters and Performers / Edition 3

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Using dozens of real-life examples, readers will find up-to-date information on avoiding copyright infringement, working effectively with managers and music lawyers, developing management and booking agreements, and more. This updated edition is completely revised and expanded with two brand-new chapters on the do's and don't's of starting and running a band, and how to make money from music. It also includes expanded material on Internet copyright issues.

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A revised edition of a handbook in which entertainment lawyer Wilson tells songwriters and performers what they need to know to use the legal system to their advantage, protect their work from infringement, and launch a successful music career. Topics include signing a first contract, finding a booking agent, choosing a manager and music publisher, working with music lawyers, understanding partnership law for musicians, and understanding trademarks and how to protect a band's name. Includes sample forms and letters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Career Opportunity News
It is a valuable book for anyone starting out in the music business.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581153170
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 802,037
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Wilson is a Nashville writer and lawyer. In private practice since 1984, she writes on intellectual-property law topics for a variety of publications, has served on the boards of several arts organizations, and is a frequent speaker to arts and academic groups. She is the author of six books on intellectual-property law, all published by Allworth Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
I Copyright for Songwriters
Ch. 1 Understanding Copyright Law 3
Ch. 2 How Copyright Protects You 27
Ch. 3 Protecting Your Copyrights and Yourself 43
Ch. 4 Making Money from Your Music 71
II The Business of Making Music
Ch. 5 Partnership Law for Musicians 95
Ch. 6 Understanding Contracts 113
Ch. 7 Finding and Managing a Booking Agent 123
Ch. 8 Managers and What They Mean to Your Career 133
Ch. 9 Music Lawyers and How to Find and Work with One 149
Ch. 10 Trademarks and Why They're Important to You 171
Ch. 11 Choosing a Name You Can Protect 187
III Appendixes
App. A Form Club Engagement Agreement 211
App. B Form Photographer's Agreement and Assignment of Copyright 219
App. C Form Designer's Agreement and Assignment of Copyright 225
App. D Sample Trademark Cease and Desist Letter 231
App. E Sample Trademark Search Opinion Letter 235
Resources 245
Index 257
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