Establishing yourself in the music business can be challenging when you have no idea where to start. Many aspiring artists seek help from people who have been in the music business for a long time.
But what if I tell you that you won’t need to seek out Grammy winners or music business gurus on mountaintops? That all you’ll need are a few books and a willingness to learn on your own? If that excites you, then this article will serve you well.
Listed below are the best books on the music business that will get you started in your music career. Here we go.
This book authored by the Harvard graduate veteran music lawyer, Don Passman, is regarded as the Bible for anyone looking to get into the music industry and has released its 10th edition in 2019.
Don Passman’s comprehensive guide becomes the most reliable means in your musical journey. This book contains information about, recording contracts licensing, deal management, streaming royalties, song writing, publishing and many other topics.
If you’re passionate about your music career, then this is a must-have book for you.
If you’re in the initial stages of your music career, you may find it difficult to promote your music with a considerably smaller budget and fanbase. Jessie Cannon and Todd Thomas have comprised a book which provides you with ideas, quality advice and strategies on how to promote and monetize your music, gain a strong fan base, and maintain it, all without spending too much of your money or wasting your efforts.
It is a must-read for new artists struggling to market themselves in this crazy-competitive industry.
You must be aware of how complicated music publishing can be. But you don’t have to worry anymore (at least, not too much), because author and an industry expert Randall Wixen simplifies your publishing tasks with his “plain and simple” music publishing guide.
This book is regarded as the first book which clearly explains the types of music royalties with genuine examples, and it also outlines the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of publishing agreements. This is probably one of the best resources in covering all the technical and mechanical aspects of music publishing with practical explanations and examples.
Achieving recognition in the music industry is largely dependent on the people you know and the people who know you. That’s what the music business guru, Dan Kimpel, tries to tell and teach in his book (and I’d happen to agree). It’s definitely useful info for getting in contact with songwriters, musicians, DJs, composers, music editors, publicists and all the other people required to make it in the music industry.
This book contains useful advice on how to establish personal connections and relationships with others who share the same passion as you, and how to develop the required people skills to attain success in this billion-dollar global business.
If your music career is inclined towards the exciting world of DJing, then this book by Todd Souvignier will act as your guide, teacher, and even a best friend towards growing a successful career as a DJ.
Apparently, this is the only book which explains the tools, technology, and methods of DJing (although, having not read every book ever written, I can’t confirm for sure). Apart from that, Todd covers other topics, too, like:
- The history of turntables and DJ technologies
- The rise and fall of disco
- The culture of hip-hop
If you are an aspiring DJ and haven’t read this book yet, then please get it right now.
This book by Sidney Shemel and many authors has sold thousands of copies and released its 10th edition in 2007. You can tell it’s good – I mean, the title gets right to the point, huh? It offers excellent advice on how to navigate through the legal side of the music industry.
This Business of Music has been renewed due to the evolution of music industry and now includes new chapters on music and technology, laws on copyright duration and a summary of developments regarding digital downloading, and much more.
Are you a great artist but struggle with marketing and have no clue from where to begin? Well, Bobby Borg, a drummer and a writer solve all your marketing concerns in his extensive DIY marketing guide.
This book aims to assist musical artists in obtaining the recognition of best music industry professionals while saving money and time.
Well, there you have it the 7 best books which will guide you on how to successfully make your way into the music business.
About the Author: Ronald Ross is a music enthusiast and loves drumming. He is passionate for musical instruments and reviews many on Loud Beats to help people select one of their choice.
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