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"The definitive text on the business of music written by the man the most talented artists in the world look to for advice." - Rick Rubin For nearly two decades, Don Passman's book All You Need To Know About The Music Business, 7th Edition (Free Press; November 17, 2009; $24.95) has been universally regarded as the definitive, essential guide to the music industry. Now in its seventh edition, it continues to be the leading industry handbook with crucial up-to-the minute information on the industry's major changes in response to today's rapid technological advances and uncertain economy. Passman, a well-respected Los Angeles-based music industry lawyer, understands that anyone involved in the music business is feeling the deep far-reaching effects of the times. All You Need To Know About The Music Business, 7th Edition is written in an organized style that breaks down all the different aspects of the industry, making it essential for musicians and executives alike. The book covers a wide array of music industry topics, including picking the right team, negotiating a record deal, and understanding music publishing and copyrights. Completely revised and updated, this seventh edition has chapters covering record deals, songwriting, merchandising, group issues, touring, classical, and motion picture music. It also addresses issues facing the music industry today, including digital downloading, piracy, and the new "360" deals, which are partnership agreements being explored by record companies and artists. This latest edition includes new information on:
  • The Copyright Royalty Board's latest decisions regarding online transmissions
  • Music downloads, webcasting, streaming-on-demand and podcasting
  • The new video streaming services
  • How royalties are computed in the digital age
  • The latest developments in deals with independent labels, including upstream deals
  • Updates on all the traditional industry matters such as royalties, advances, video budgets, and copyright laws
Passman's clients include such major entertainers as Green Day, Pink, Tina Turner, Quincy Jones, Tom Waits, and Randy Newman. In addition, he represents many music publishers, producers, record companies, songwriters, industry executives, and film companies. He is frequently listed as one of the most influential people in the entertainment industry and has taught and lectured extensively, including lectures at Harvard Law School, Yale, UCLA, and teaching a course on the music industry at the USC Law School's Advanced Professional Program.
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