Real advice from a lawyer who has been in the business for decades- This is literally everything you need to know about the "business" part of the music business. This is where many artists go wrong- they have no idea about the business aspects of everything, they ignore it all, or leave it up to someone else to deal with- and they get screwed.
If you plan to go into music- whether you are a songwriter or performer, you need this book. Learn the "business" so you can be a professional and make the most out of your abilities and talents.
Believe me- spend the $20 (or less) on What They’ll Never Tell You About the Music Business: The Complete Guide for Musicians, Songwriters, Producers, Managers, Industry Executives, Attorneys, Investors, and Accountants. It could help you make and save a fortune.
I'm not in the music business but I am an author and artist so I found much of the advice useful especially where it concerns copyrights, fair use, and intellectual property. Some of the advice in this book crosses over for many types of creative business dealings.
Now I'll be passing this book on to a few young men who are up and coming musicians. I hope it gives them a head start in the business.
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
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- How many musicians have seized do-it-yourself internet opportunities to create successful business models,
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