Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business

Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business

by Richard Stim Attorney
     
 

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The No. 1 bestselling business book for bands!

If you belong to a band and love the art of your job, but sing the blues when it comes to the business side, you need Music Law. Composed by musician and lawyer Richard Stim, the book explains how to:

. find the right manager
. buy, insure and maintain equipment
. get gigs and get paid
. tour

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The No. 1 bestselling business book for bands!

If you belong to a band and love the art of your job, but sing the blues when it comes to the business side, you need Music Law. Composed by musician and lawyer Richard Stim, the book explains how to:

. find the right manager
. buy, insure and maintain equipment
. get gigs and get paid
. tour on a budget
. use samples
. do covers legally
. protect your copyright
. trademark your band’s name
. choose a recording studio
. sell your music
. manage your website
. understand record contracts
. deal with taxes

Music Law provides all the legal information and practical advice musicians need. This edition is thoroughly updated with the latest changes in copyright and trademark law, including guidance on filling out "Form CO." Plus, find expanded information on musical collaborations between DJs and other musicians. You'll also get the most up-to-date legal forms avaliable.

—This book has links to online forms

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Editorial Reviews

The Bomp Bookshelf
I have read most of the books which attempt to explain music business law and practice to musicians, and this one is by far the most practical and the most useful.
Jim Aikin
If you're serious about a career as a performing musician, you'd have to be a damn fool not to rush out and buy a copy of this book.
Keyboard
Independent Publisher
Well organized, practically designed and clearly written, the book has one tiny fault. It should have been called 'Every Band's Business Bible'. It's that good. And that necessary.
Todd M. Gascon
One of the best books I’ve seen that addresses all of the issues that face a band today, in addition to those of the individual musician. Unlike most lawyers, Richard’s writing is clear and concise and he provides the reader with a wealth of information and all of the necessary contracts that will effectively protect today’s up and coming bands. This book is a must for anyone that is in a band—from the novice in a garage band to the professional.
Booknews
Stim, a lawyer, musician, and adjunct professor, distils his experience and knowledge into a readable account of the dirtier side of rock-and-roll. He explains the ins and outs of the band partnership agreement, management, attorneys, band equipment, touring, copyright and song ownership, band names, album artwork, recording, duplicating and publishing songs, selling CDs and tapes, independent record agreements, and taxes. The accompanying disk includes electronic versions of the book's sample forms. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Reference & Research Book News
Explains the business side of running a band from a legal perspective.... Covers downloads and other Internet issues.
Keyboard
If you're serious about a career as a performing musician, you'd have to be a damn fool not to rush out and buy a copy of this book.
— Jim Aikin
Midwest Book Review
Here under one cover is everything you need to do it right, from sample contracts and explanations of legal issues to handling taxes and choosing a recording studio.
Mish-Mash Music Reviews
Brings together all the confusing elements of running a band and puts them into a simple handbook... giving you step-by-step ways of navigating through all the legal tangles you're sure to encounter.
The Indie Band Survival Guide
We once again suggest reading Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business...
VIBE
It's the scuba gear every musician needs to swim with the sharks.
Moses Avalon
I usually hate books written by attorneys. This one is an exception.
California Lawyers for the Arts
This book is a must for anyone that is in a band -- from the novice in a garage band to the professional.
— Todd M. Gascon, Esq.
From the Publisher
“If you’re serious about a career as a performing musician, you’d have to be a damn fool not to rush out and buy a copy of this book.” Jim Aiken, Keyboard

“It’s the scuba gear every musician needs to swim with the sharks.” Vibe

“I usually hate books written by attorneys. This one is an exception.” Moses Avalon, Author of the Confessions of a Record Producer

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781413317435
Publisher:
NOLO
Publication date:
09/28/2012
Edition description:
Seventh Edition
Pages:
421
Sales rank:
379,252
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

What People are saying about this

Jim Aikin
"If you're serious about a career as a performing musician, you'd have to be a damn fool not to rush out and buy a copy of this book."
Jim Aikin, Keyboard
From the Publisher

"Explains the business side of running a band from a legal perspective.... Covers downloads and other Internet issues."  Reference & Research Book News 

Moses Avalon
"I usually hate books written by attorneys. This one is an exception."
Moses Avalon, author of Confessions of a Record Producer

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