• All You Need to Know About the Music Business

  • 10th Edition
  • By: Donald S. Passman
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (172 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“The industry bible” (Los Angeles Times), now updated, essential for anyone in the music business - musicians, songwriters, lawyers, agents, promoters, publishers, executives, and managers - trying to navigate the rapid transformation of the industry.

For more than 20 years, All You Need to Know About the Music Business has been universally regarded as the definitive guide to the music industry. Now in its tenth edition, this latest edition leads novices and experts alike through the crucial, up-to-the-minute information on the industry’s major changes in response to today’s rapid technological advances and uncertain economy.

Whether you are - or aspire to be - a performer, writer, or executive, veteran music lawyer Donald Passman’s comprehensive guide is an indispensable tool. He offers timely, authoritative information from how to select and hire a winning team of advisors and structure their commissions and fees; navigate the ins and outs of record deals, songwriting, publishing, and copyrights; maximize concert, touring, and merchandising deals; understand the digital streaming services; and how to take a comprehensive look at the rapidly transforming landscape of the music business as a whole.  

The music industry is in the eye of the storm, when everyone in the business is scrambling to figure out what’s going to happen to the major labels and what it will mean for the careers of artists and business professionals. No musician, songwriter, entertainment lawyer, agent, promoter, publisher, manager, or record company executive - anyone who makes their living from music - can afford to be without All You Need to Know About the Music Business. As Adam Levine, lead singer and guitarist of Maroon 5, says, “If you want to be in music, you have to read this book.”

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2019 Donald S. Passman. All rights reserved. (P)2019 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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A Must Read!

If your are a creative in the music business this book is a must read. I've listened to it 4 times already and working on my fifth go around. It raises your situational awareness concerning your business and that, to me, makes it extremely valuable.

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good read

great informative book...but i never got the PDF file that was supposed to come with it

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Masterful & Strategic: An Excellent Reference Tool

A friend who is teaching a class on the Music Business gave this book and two others as part of the class first reading assignment. I have been listening ever since.

After my first listen I went and bought the book. I knew that investing in this book would be the reference tool gift that keeps on giving.

I highly recommend listening to this book over and over and over again if you are serious about business period. There is information in this book that is transferable for Content Creators, Entrepreneurs, Infopreneurs, Gamers, and Writers.

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Awesome Book!

Read or listen to the book "All You Need to Know About the Music Business" is like possessing the ancient golden plates of the music industry.

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The Music Bible

Must read. makes me wonder how good he was when negotiating his own book publishing deal lol

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I Needed This 40 Years Ago

This is a great book for anyone who is, or is planning on, doing anything in the music business. I wish I would have had this information 40 years ago when I was starting out.

I loved it so much, I'm ordering a hard copy for reference.

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The Industry Bible

Absolutely no notes a wonderful listen, excellently narrated a great insight for beginners venturing into the music industry

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This was what I was looking for!

I love it.This was a really great book!This was what I was looking for! Thanks Ahunnit!

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Calling all ARTISTS!

When I gave Daniel Meachum the online of this book as my end goal & 200 Contracts I received from R Kelly's old tour manager he asked what I needed him for. Today I realized I didn't need him or anyone else for that matter.

Russ & Steve Stoute please reach out to me on my Instagram DonTakeItPersonaLoK page

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All You Need to Know Indeed

This is THE book for understanding the ever-changing music business. I’d recommend this to anyone chasing a career in the music industry. It’s a must have handbook.

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  • 09-08-20

All I needed to know and more

Great book and audio performance. Thank you, learned a lot that I cab apply directly.

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informative

a sharp and straight up guide to the music business. a very interesting read. thanks