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Songwriting: Business


Books on the business of songwriting

2010 Songwriter's Market 
MT67.S657 2009  Check Availability
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Songwriter's Market is packed with information about the inside workings of the music industry that can spell the difference between success and failure. The reader will find support and encouragement through a whole world of support organisations, online resources, and songwriting-related books and magazines, as well as articles and interviews with industry insiders.
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All You Need to Know About the Music Business by Donald S. Passman and Randy Glass
ML3790 .P37 2009  Check Availability
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Passman has written a book that sets out to give musicians, performers, and songwriters the tools to hire advisers, market their careers, protect their creative works, and generally cope with a complex industry in a state of flux. Passman explains boilerplate language, the complexities of royalties and advances, and label and distribution deals; a section on record deals begins with an overview of the business and works through all the steps.
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Indie Business Power: A Step-by-step Guide for 21st Century Music Entrepeneurs by Peter Spellman
ML3790 .S7 I5 S7 2009  Check Availability
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Get the power you need to make your mark in the new music economy. Twelve chapters of resource-rich information and strategies to help you create the music company you've been dreaming of. Here's a partial list of what's inside: * Updated look at crucial trends in the music content business * The key players in the biz and how income flows in the recording industry * Tips on how to use the internet for your business/market research * How to put together your A&R program * Checklist for assessing the feasibility of a new business idea * Sample contact management system * How to use music trade associations to further your company's success * Copyright and song clearance know-how
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Confessions of a Record Producer: How to Survive the Scams and Shams of the Music Business by Moses Avalon
ML3790 .A93 2009  Check Availability
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This fully updated and expanded book is not about how the music business should work, but how it does work. Industry insider Moses Avalon tells it like it is - how producers dip into budgets, artists steal songs, lawyers write contracts in code - and shows you how to survive these and other career-stifling situations. Deconstructing actual major and indie-label record deals, this book dissects each party's involvement and offers perspective on their actual roles, how much they get paid, and what their agendas really are.
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6 Steps to Songwriting Success: the Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs by Jason Blume
MT67 .B49 2008  Check Availability
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What's the secret to writing a hit song? It's as simple as 1-2-3-4-5-6 Innovative, practical, and inspiring, Six Steps to Songwriting Success presents a surefire step-by-step approach to mastering the elements consistently found in hit songs. Author Jason Blume, a songwriter with the rare distinction of having had songs on the Country, Pop, and R&B charts simultaneously, has packed this book with such key aids as the three-step lyric writing technique used by the pros; lyric, melody, and demo checklists; and tools for self-evaluationplus many other exercises that work.
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The Public Domain: How to Find & Use Copyright-free Writings, Music, Art & More by Stephen Fishman
KF3022 .F57 2008  Check Availability
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Even though you've always been told otherwise, writers and artists can copy other people's work and get away with it. How? By dipping into the public domain, where everything is free for the taking. The Public Domain is the only book that helps you find and identify what creative works are protected by copyright -- and what's not. The 5th edition is crisper, fresher and completely updated with new case law, and includes information on the emergence of the "copyright commons." The book also provides hundreds of resources to help you find public-domain works.
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This Business of Music: the Definitive Guide to the Business and Legal Issues of the Music Industry by M. William Krasilovsky and Sidney Shemel
ML3790 .S5 2007  Check Availability
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Now in its tenth edition, This Business of Music has been revised and completely updated to reflect the latest changes in the ever-evolving music business. Commentary on recent legislation, a reader-friendly summary of the laws on copyright duration, and much more insightful analysis--plus fully updated lists of music organizations and important websites--make This Business of Music indispensable for musicians, agents, managers, marketers, music publishers and groups, colleges and universities, and everyone who wants to make music and make money.
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This Business of Songwriting by Jason Blume
ML3790 .B49 2006  Check Availability
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Author Jason Blume, an industry veteran with twenty years on both sides of the desk, starts by defining terms; then walks readers step-by-step through the process of starting and operating a publishing company; teaches how to pitch songs to publishers, artists, managers, A&R representatives, and producers; offers a detailed explanation of how the singles and album charts work; and throughout, provides valuable information about how to make money writing songs. This Business of Songwriting is a one-volume resource that teaches the skills and knowledge every songwriter needs to succeed.

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