The Music Business (Explained in Plain English): What Every Artist and Songwriter Should Know to Avoid Getting Ripped Off!

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The Music Business (Explained In Plain English) is an invaluable aid to anyone who feels like they are at the mercy of industry pros. Not only does this book provide practical career-building and money-saving answers for both artists and songwriters, but it is also a "must-have" deal-making reference guide.

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Overview

The Music Business (Explained In Plain English) is an invaluable aid to anyone who feels like they are at the mercy of industry pros. Not only does this book provide practical career-building and money-saving answers for both artists and songwriters, but it is also a "must-have" deal-making reference guide.

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Editorial Reviews

Keyboard Magazine
Finally—an explanation for the music business!...The title says it all. The Music Business is easy to read, it's concise, and it covers a surprising amount of ground....
Billboard
Veteran music attorney Naggar...provide[s] a valuable service by explaining the business elements of a recording or songwriting career in simple terms that can be understood by the average person.
Music Paper
This is a book every one of you should read.
Cash Box
[T]o the point primer.
RIP Magazine
[V]ery informative...
Guitar School
A comprehensive, accessible guide to negotiating the money-hungry music business...[A] must-read for any musician with chart-topping, club-hopping, or jingle-writing aspirations.
From the Publisher
"Finally - an explanation for the music business! ...The title says it all. The Music Business is easy to read, it's concise, and it covers a surprising amount of ground....” (Keyboard Magazine)

"Veteran music attorney Naggar... provide[s] a valuable service by explaining the business elements of a recording or songwriting career in simple terms that can be understood by the average person.” (Billboard)

"This is a book every one of you should read.” (The Music Paper)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577465720
  • Publisher: DaJe Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,461,599
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Naggar is an attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Naggar graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) in 1981. Since graduating from law school, Mr. Naggar has, in addition to practicing law, interned in the Creative Department of music publishing giant, Warner-Chappel. On the lighter side, Mr. Naggar fancies himself a semi-skilled musician, having played drums professionally for many years.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Bottom Line 1

2 Sources Of Music Industry Profits 3

Basics for the Artist 7

3 The Artist's Business Advisors 7

4 Sending Our Your Material 15

5 Record Companies, Distribution, And The Internet 19

6 Artist Royalty Rates And Payment Calculations 35

7 Other Artist Royalty Rates 49

8 Key Record Contract Deal Points 55

9 Independent Label Deals With Major Labels 65

Basics for the Songwriter 69

10 Copyrights - Protecting Your Songs 69

11 Sending Out Your Songs 79

12 Primary Sources Of Income 83

13 Secondary Sources Of Income 93

14 Music Publishing 97

15 Key Publishing Contract Deal Points 105

16 Creating Your Own Publishing Company 113

The "Big Picture" Royalty Chart 116

Other Important Basics 119

17 Issues Between Band Members 119

18 Trademarks And Service Marks 123

19 On Tour 129

20 Selling Merchandise 133

21 A Little About Music Videos 135

Music, Motion Pictures, Television & Multimedia 137

22 Theatrical Motion Pictures 139

23 Television 145

24 Commercial Advertising 149

25 Other Multimedia Platforms and Sources of Income 151

Conclusion 155

Appendix I Contracts 156

Recommended Reading 159

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2011

    A must have !

    This is a very good book ! If you are trying to learn about the music business start with this book . I went to many meetings in the music business and was able to relate to all topics and how to know what avenue was best for me . I give this book more than a five star rating and that is why I am about to purchase the up dated version .

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