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The songwriter's and musician's guide to Nashville
Bond, Sherry, 1941-
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Revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Allworth Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
245 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: The songwriter's & musician's guide to Nashville / edited by Sherry Bond. Cincinnati : Writer's Digest Books, 1991.

Includes index.
Added Uniform Title:
Songwriter's & musician's guide to Nashville.
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ML3790 .S66 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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This behind-the-scenes look at the Nashville music industry reveals insidenformation on how to break through the system and get heard. It explores howo find the decision-makers and offers insider tips and a one-week itineraryo get the most out of a trip to Nashville.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introductionp. vii
1. An Overview of Nashvillep. 1
Reality versus Myth
The Layout of the City
A Brief History of Music in Nashville
About Music Row
Map of Music Row
2. A Crash Course on the Music Industry (As It Pertains to Nashville)p. 13
Copyright Protection
The Role of a Music Publisher
The Role of the PROs
The Role of an AandR Department
The Difference between an Artist Manager and a Booking Agent
Other Important Professionals
The Country Chart System (with Comments by Marc Driskill)
About Digital Water-marking
Different Sources of Income and How It Is Collected
3. How to Know If Your Talent Measures Up to Nashville Standardsp. 23
Litmus Test for Songwriters
Litmus Test for Aspiring Artists and Musicians
4. A Basic Understanding of Music Rowp. 27
The Writing Environment
The Importance of Collaboration: Industry Interview with Roger Murrah
Industry Interview with Katherine Dines
Industry Interview with Mike Settle
About Writers' Nights and Open Mic Nights
The Bluebird Cafe: What to ExpectAmy Kurland
How to Play the Bluebird Cafe
5. A Basic Understanding of Nashville's Music Publishersp. 49
About Nashville Publishers
Nashville's Major Music Publishers
Nashville's Hot Independent Music Publishers
Industry Interview with Ree Guyer Buchanan
Other Important Independent Music Publishers
About Song Pluggers
About Staff Writers
Industry Interview with John Van Meter
Working with Publishers on a Song-by-Song Basis
6. A Basic Understanding of Nashville's Record Companiesp. 81
Nashville's Major Record Labels
Nashville's Major Independent Labels
Other Important Independent Record Labels
How To Approach Nashville's Record Companies
Industry Interview with Anthony Smith
7. A Basic Understanding of Working as a Musician in Nashvillep. 101
Nashville's Musicians
The Nashville Number System
For Musicians Only
Industry Interview with Dave Dunseath
8. A Basic Understanding of Nashville's Songwriters Organizationsp. 111
Nashville's Three Songwriters Associations
Industry Interview with Barton Herbison
Industry Interview with Rundi Ream
Industry Interview with Jim Sylvis
9. A Basic Understanding of Nashville's Performing Rights Organizations (PROs)p. 121
About Nashville's PROs
Industry Interview with John Briggs
Industry Interview with David Preston
Industry Interview with Pat Rogers
10. A Basic Understanding of Nashville's Networking Systemp. 135
Party, Party, Party
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
The Acklen Station Post Office
Golfing, Fishing, and Playing Tennis
Professional Organizations
Back to School: Record Industry Courses
Other Important Resources
About Music Conferences
11. Packaging Your Productp. 145
The Songwriter's Demo
The Work Tape
The Full-Blown Demo
Nashville's Top Demo Studios
Beware of Song Sharks
Publisher Fees
The Songwriter's Demo Package
The Artist's Demo
Nashville's Top Producers
The Artist's Package
12. Establishing Contact Before Your Tripp. 165
Subscribe to Music Row Publications
About Demo Critiques
Study the Trades
Study CD Label Copy
About Making Appointments
13. When To Go: Important Industry Events Month by Monthp. 171
14. The Logistics of Your Visitp. 175
What to Bring
What to Wear
Where to Stay
15. Your One-Week Itineraryp. 181
General Guidelines
Day-by-Day, Hour-by-Hour Schedule
16. Common Mistakesp. 187
Big Fish in a Small Pond
"Holier-than-Thou" Attitude
Displaying an Attitude
Trying to Buy Your Way In
"Sell" Some Songs
Sending Tapes through the Mail
Writing for Permission to Submit a Tape
Approaching a Publisher Incorrectly
Packaging Product Incorrectly
Not Understanding the Industry
Staying in Your Hotel Room Waiting for Return Phone Calls
17. Planning Your Artist Showcasep. 193
Showcase Guidelines
Various Types of Showcases: A Guide to Showcase Clubs
Getting the Right People to Your Showcase
Nashville's Top Publicists
18. Making the Decision to Move To Nashvillep. 207
Should You or Shouldn't You?
Ideal Jobs
Where to Live
A One-Year Game Plan for Success Once You Are Settled Down
How to Succeed Without Moving to Nashville
19. Your Personal Referencesp. 225
Creating a Database
About Basic Listings
Reference Directories
Section I Recording Services
Section II Services You Will Need to Complete Your Writer/Artist Package
Section III Publications
Section IV Recommended Reading
Indexp. 239