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For generations, record companies have dominated the music industry. Artists were unable to get their material to the masses without label backing, meaning that the path to stardom inevitably involved artists having to sign exploitative record contracts. These "record deals" were profoundly one-sided, and usually imposed brutal, predatory terms on artists. Fortunately, times have changed and artists no longer need labels. It is a new music business, and it is time for a new kind of music business book. Break the Business is the musician's guide to achieving music industry success through embracing an independent, entrepreneurial, and artist-centered business model.

©2014, 2015 Ryan Kairalla (P)2017 Break the Business LLC

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Excellent Book - Truly Relevant for 2018

I was looking for a book like this. The traditional music industry is currently existing in an "Emperor Has No Clothes" moment. I've been a business manager and financial consultant for 10 years, and am now ready to take the leap and go all in on a music career at 32. As I've been reading more well known music industry books in preparation, I would repeatedly shake my head and say "These record label contracts are $#&!ing INSANE!". Why is no one saying it in these books!? Well, this author comes right out with that. It's clear to me that in 2018/2019, as long as you have good music, you can and ABSOLUTELY should go independent rather than signing one of these horrific record label deals. So, I've been looking for books on the industry that call out the Nudity of the Emperor (so to speak) in no uncertain terms, and advise from that perspective. Musicians: get this book, it's worth every penny.

Ryan, if you're reading this, I'm letting you know here that I'm going to contact you to let you know how your book has helped me after I have released my debut album this coming year, and I'll be looking you up for legal services. Thank you for writing this book for musicians, and for calling out the Emperor.

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Great book

Great. Very informative didn't try to talk over my head with the legal jargon..... excellent