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Music business handbook and career guide
Baskerville, David.
Personal Author:
Seventh edition.
Publication Information:
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, [2001]

Physical Description:
xxviii, 676 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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ML3795 .B33 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The Seventh Edition of the Music Business Handbook and Career Guide remains the most comprehensive, up-to-date guide to the US$100 billion music industry of the United States. This thoroughly revised edition includes complete coverage of all aspects of the music industry. Song-writing, publishing, copyright (national and international), licensing, artist management, promotion, recording, production, retailing and media are just some of the topics covered. There is a complete section on careers in music, including specific advice on getting started in the music business.

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Choice Review

Baskerville is to be commended for his success in putting together the sixth edition of this book. Virtually every page includes updates, corrections, new information and syntax, and a more readable layout. The rather abrupt style of the original edition (CH, Oct'79) has been softened, and material leading to potentially inaccurate assumptions has been generalized. This is still the most complete reference and career guide available for students, faculty, or practitioners concerning the various careers that can be identified as "music business." Many other titles--e.g., Simon Shemel and M. William Kranilovsky's This Business of Music (rev. ed., 1995; rev. and enl. ed., CH, May'78); Nancy Uscher's Your Own Way in Music (1990); and Shelly Field's Career Opportunities in the Music Industry (3rd. ed., 1995; 1st ed., CH, Oct'86)--expand on the material found in various chapters of this book, but none covers such a broad range of topics. Baskerville's tendency to slight the not-for-profit segment of the music industry continues in this edition; however, careful readers will be able to apply information about the commercial sector to the not-for-profit world. The book serves as a reference volume for a wide range of users and deserves to be on the shelf of every library serving music students and aspiring managers, administrators, and agents. K. R. Frohrip; St. Cloud State University

Table of Contents

Part 1 Music In The Marketplace
The Music Business System
Part 2 Songwriting, Publishing And Copyright
Professional Songwriting
Music Publishing
Music Copyright
Part 3 Business Affairs
Music Licensing
Unions and Guilds
Agents, Managers and Attorneys
Artist Management
Concert Promotion
Music and Theater
Music Product Merchandising
Arts Administration
Part 4 The Recording Industry
Scope of the Recording Industry
Record Markets
Artist's Recording Contracts
Record Production
Record Promotion, Distribution and Retailing
Studios and Engineers
Business Music
Part 5 Music In Broadcasting And Film
Music in Radio
Music in Television
Music in Advertising
Dramatic Scoring for Motion Pictures and TV
Part 6 Career Planning And Development
Career Options
Career Development
Part 7 Canadian Music Industry And International Copyright