February 15, 2007

Break into the Music Industry

"Music and the music business are two different things."
- Erykah Badu

Special guest Jason Bell of Haiti Empire Records, Inc., invites teens and adults to learn about the music industry. Read more by clicking on FREE events for ages 11-18. Adults are welcome to attend Jason Bell's program.

Books to examine on this subject:

All the Rave: The Rise and Fall of Shawn Fanning's Napster
Joseph Menn [025.06 MEN]
Get the inside story about Napster. How did 17 year old Shawn Fanning create a computer program that allowed thousands of people to share music files on the Internet? Read about the lawsuit that put this young man into world headlines. Look at the music industry now; post-Napster.

The Musician's Guide to Making & Selling Your Own CDs & Cassettes
Jana Stanfield [780.688 STA]
Try these practical tips to getting started marketing your music. The author's motivational style can help you get over fears of success. Small town musicians appreciate the step-by-step information in this book.

Making a Living in Your Local Music Market: How to Survive and Prosper
Dick Weissman [780.23 WEI]
"Can a Musician Make a Living Outside the Major Music Centers?" The opening chapter presents a question relevant to Fauquier County residents. As you may notice by the traffic, we are not living in downtown Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, or New York City. What are the benefits to living in a small town community if you want to share your music with the world? How do you find financing, purchase equipment, market your music, spot opportunities, sign agreements, deal with rejection, deal with agents, book gigs,...? Want to be an Artist-in-Residence? Apply for a grant. What other honors come with helping or teaching experiences? What about publishing, producing, or spinning records the old-fashioned DJ way? This book is thorough.

Gigging: A Practical Guide for Musicians
Patricia Shih [780.23 SHI]
"Amateurs, semi-pros, part-timers, and even seasoned professionals will learn to make a living playing music in this practical guide. A 35-year music business veteran breaks down the steps to success by offering realistic advice, resources, and anecdotes for landing paid gigs. You will learn to find both traditional and unconventional outlets for performing, as well as how to gauge the compatibility of your music with specific venues." (Review from
http://musicbooksplus.com). This book cover issues like paperwork, unions, health and insurance that musicians may want to forget about, but can't.

What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business: The Myths, the Secrets, the Lies (& a Few Truths)
Peter M. Thall [780.23 THA]
Interested in insider information? Presented for the ambitious young musician and also for college reference. Where would you like to fit in the music industry today, tomorrow, or in history? Read a concise historical essay on "Urban Music: Hip-Hop". Consider classical music's demise in the music market, and the evolution of a song. Find out about "legal issues, royalties, personal management, touring, merchandising,... entrepreneurship, marketing and promotion, financing, contracts, self-publishing, and copyright." There is a bit of everything here.

All You Need to Know About the Music Business
Donald S. Passman [780.23 PAS]
"A resource for anyone in the music industry by a prominent entertainment lawyer covers every area of the business through a range of humorous and illustrative anecdotes... and information on record labels, royalties, budgets, tours, and copyright law."

Music, Money, and Success: The Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Music Industry
Jeffrey Brabec, Todd Brabec [780.23 BRA]
These particular insiders are Todd Brabec, Executive Vice President and Director of Membership for ASCAP, and Jeff Brabec, Vice President Business Affairs for the Chrysalis Music Group. They are graduates of NYU School of Law, Deems Taylor Award-winning writers for excellence in music journalism,and adjunct professors at the USC Thornton School of Music/Music Industry Department. This book is written for people approaching the business of music who are not only musicians, but songwriters, publishers, managers, and investors, too. How is money channeled through so many people and institutions? What about looking at foreign countries and their music market? This book may expand your horizons.