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For many music artists, an economically stable career is only possible through income from music publishers. At the same time, musicians who don't understand music publishing can easily make mistakes and end up owing thousands of dollars to their labels or publishing scammers. The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing is a plain-English manual covering everything musicians, songwriters, and industry professionals need to know about music publishing to protect their interests and make money in this lucrative part of the business. Independent music publisher owner Randall Wixen believes that songwriters should own their own copyrights, so he wrote this user-friendly generalist's guide to help the reader "learn how to own those random inspirations that cross your mind," as Tom Petty says in the book's foreword. Each chapter outlines different aspects of the business (such as deals, licenses, and co-publishers) and clears up common misunderstandings. What is the difference between artist royalties and mechanical royalties? What are the two types of copyrights? What should artists expect when entering into a deal with a publisher? In this completely updated second edition of The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing, Wixen answers these questions and many more. This book also includes a glossary of terms, an index, and an appendix illustrated with easy-to-read income breakdown charts. Wixen's advice is essential to everyone who wants to survive and thrive in today's music industry. "Read it and learn. You???ll be way ahead of the game for having done so." -Ray Manzarek, The Doors About the Author: Randall D. Wixen is the founder of Wixen Music Publishing, which administers the sound catalogs of many top artists. Wixen has a degree in economics from UCLA and lectures on music publishing at universities and industry seminars.
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