All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Canadian Edition by Donald S. PassmanAll You Need to Know About the Music Business: Canadian Edition by Donald S. Passman

All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Canadian Edition

byDonald S. PassmanAs told byChip Sutherland

Hardcover | November 5, 2013

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The definitive, essential guide to the music industry, now in its eighth edition—revised and updated with crucial information on the industry’s major changes in response to rapid technological advances and economic uncertainty. For the first time ever, the guide also includes advice on the Canadian music scene from entertainment lawyer Chip Sutherland.

The past two decades have seen file-sharing technology and digital streaming services transform the music business across the continent, and the changes keep coming at breakneck speed. How are record labels adapting to the demand for instantly accessible, low-cost music while coping with piracy? How can Cana­dian musicians break into the global market? And what does it all mean for aspiring and established artists today?

Donald Passman, one of the most trusted music law­yers in the United States, offers his sage advice for creating, selling, sharing, and protecting your music in the Infor­mation Age in this updated Canadian edition of All You Need to Know About the Music Business. And now Cana­dian musicians have a voice of their own, as Chip Sutherland, one of Canada’s most distinguished enter­tainment lawyers, offers insight into the industry trends and particulars of the Great White North.

Executives and artists, experts and novices alike will benefit from these detailed yet easy-to-understand expla­nations of the latest technologies, legalities, and practices shaping the music business, such as:

• Royalties for music transmitted via digital down­loads, streaming services, cloud lockers, and apps

• Updated licensing regulations and industry agree­ments

• Selecting and hiring a winning team of advisors—personal and business managers, agents, and attorneys—and structuring their commissions, percentages, and fees in a way that will protect you and maximize these relationships

• Mastering the major and the finer points of con­tract negotiations

In a bonus Canadian content section at the end of each chapter, they give guidance on the basics, such as how to:

• Navigate the Canadian marketplace and the tran­sition to a global presence

• Find Canadian financial grants and bursaries

• Understand regulations governing Canadian content development

• Recognize the unique features of Canadian deal structures

• Maximize concert, touring, and merchandising agreements in Canadian and American market­places

Anyone interested in making and marketing music—musi­cians, songwriters, agents, promoters, publishers, managers, and record company executives—needs this crucial text to keep up with the frenetic pace of technological and legal change. No one understands the music business on both sides of the border better than Passman and Sutherland. Let them show you how to “make it” in one of the world’s most dynamic and challenging industries.
Don Passman is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and lives in Los Angeles, California.
Title:All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Canadian EditionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.6 inPublished:November 5, 2013Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1451635540

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Read from the Book

All You Need to Know About the Music Business Introduction to the Ninth Edition Well, kiddies, we’ve certainly seen a lot of changes since we last we got together. The good news is that streaming is growing at a wonderful pace. And that’s about it for the good news. CD sales are under 25% of the business and dropping. Downloads have fallen 15% per year for the last few years. Piracy is alive and well, hiding under cyber-rocks, and YouTube delivers more audio-only music than all the other sites put together (including the pirate sites), for which the creators are paid very little (we’ll talk more about that later). All in all, the industry earnings are almost half of what they were in 2003. Also, we’re going through a major upheaval in the songwriter world that could radically change the industry. Otherwise, it’s a lovely afternoon. On the brighter front, we’re seeing huge growth in vinyl (to younger people, it’s a new technology; go figure) that’s only held back because every vinyl plant on the planet is at full capacity. The bad news is that it’s less than 2% of the business. But in the current state of affairs, we’ll take what we can get. Now if you’re reading this and trying to decide whether the music business will disappear and if you’d be better off putting the price of this book into your stamp collection, there actually is a beautiful weather forecast. As we’ll discuss, streaming has the potential to make the music business bigger than it’s ever been in history. People who never would have gone into a record store are listening to streams, and the numbers are growing fast. So stick around (and buy the book). As these new ways to exploit music take hold, you might wonder how artists get paid. Well, my friend, you’ve come to the right place. The book in your hands has the latest scoop on all these newfangled gizmos. And at no extra charge (if you act RIGHT NOW), there’s an update of what’s happening with traditional music business deals—recording, songwriting, merchandising, touring, and so forth. So step right up. All these secrets and more are revealed just inside the tent. P.S. Congrats if you read this. It means you’re a real Go-Getter, since most folks skip the introductions to books.

Editorial Reviews

"Any creative person who's considering working in the music business should read this book."