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Making it in the music business : the business and legal guide for songwriters and performers
Wilson, Lee, 1951-
Personal Author:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Allworth Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxii, 265 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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ML3790 .W57 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference

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This guide aims to provide solid advice and information for songwriters and performers who want to make it in the competitive music industry. The author provides a lively discussion of music law, rights and contracts, and this revised edition also updates information on copyright law and protection, copyright infringement and how to avoid it, trademark law, business law for bands, the roles of bookers, managers, music publishers and lawyers, and the provisions of music publishing, management and booking agreements.

Author Notes

Lee Wilson is a practicing attorney who has specialized in intellectual property law since 1983. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Preface to the Second Editionp. xi
Preface to the First Editionp. xiii
Disclaimerp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
I. Copyright For Songwriters
Chapter 1 Understanding Copyright Lawp. 3
Chapter 2 How Copyright Protects Youp. 27
Chapter 3 Protecting Your Copyrights and Yourselfp. 43
Chapter 4 Making Money from Your Musicp. 71
II. The Business of Making Music
Chapter 5 Partnership Law for Musiciansp. 95
Chapter 6 Understanding Contractsp. 113
Chapter 7 Finding and Managing a Booking Agentp. 123
Chapter 8 Managers and What They Mean to Your Careerp. 133
Chapter 9 Music Lawyers and How to Find and Work with Onep. 149
Chapter 10 Trademarks and Why They're Important to Youp. 171
Chapter 11 Choosing a Name You Can Protectp. 187
III. Appendixes
Appendix A Form Club Engagement Agreementp. 211
Appendix B Form Photographer's Agreement and Assignment of Copyrightp. 219
Appendix C Form Designer's Agreement and Assignment of Copyrightp. 225
Appendix D Sample Trademark Cease and Desist Letterp. 231
Appendix E Sample Trademark Search Opinion Letterp. 235
Resourcesp. 245
Indexp. 257