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Publisher's Summary

Start Your Music Business is a simple guide for songwriters, producers, music publishers, independent record labels, artists, bands, musicians, and individuals in the music industry who want to legally start and grow a successful music business.

Written by an experienced entertainment lawyer whose clients have been featured on MTV, American Idol, and VH1, you will learn how to:

1. Understand eight different types of royalties your music should be earning through music publishing
2. How to completely own your music
3. How to completely own your masters
4. How to legally sample and cover music (why you may be breaking the law)
5. How to protect your name and logo (what to do if you illegally use someone else's)
6. How to structure your music business
7. Learn 10 ways to avoid being sued personally

You'll also discover these simple steps:

1. Understand the different types of businesses (LLCs, corporations, partnerships, and more)
2. Setup your business
3. Learn when you need to start your music business
4. Learn the difference between trademarks and copyrights
5. Learn how to apply for a trademark (do it yourself)
6. Understand copyright law and how to copyright your music
7. Learn the truth about poor man's copyrights
8. Know your rights when you co-write a song
9. How to divide song income between co-writers
10. How to properly and legally clear samples

And more!

©2013, 2014 Audrey K. Chisholm (P)2017 Audrey K. Chisholm

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It was good

Good basic knowledge, but I could not get over the nasally reader. Very distracting. It almost sounds like he recorded It on his iPhone at home while making cereal. I would advise to hire a professional next time.

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  • Joe
  • RESTON, VA, United States
  • 12-01-17

Simple and very informative book on music biz

Simple and very informative audio book on how to start a music business. I like the fact that it is less than 3 hours. I could finish listening to it one day!

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Great Content, Bad Narration

Definitely worth buying a hardcopy. The narrator sounded like he had a cold and the editor didn't make the effort to cut out the distracting mouth sounds. But the information was valuable for someone just starting!