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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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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!

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Great Content, Bad messenger

The book answered and informed me way beyond what I was thinking. I will buy the physical copy to accompany my listening. It did leave me with more questions that are very specific to my situation but I have not listened to the 2nd book Run Your Music Business yet to see if the answer is there.

Side note: The performance was hot trash. Nader Nadernejad is a lazy ass dude who did not trim up audio or even take out mistakes. At one point he mispronounced then reread before getting the sentence right. Also the audio quality fluctuated between terrible and alright.

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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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Pretty helpful

I am a stand alone musician and want to know how to be my own boss legally. It provided a ton of info on partnerships and creating corporations too, which wasn’t as particular for me, but that’s because Audrey spells out all of your possible options. I’m excited about the next book! I feel like what I have to do was probably laid out exactly, but I’ll have to listen through again just to make sure I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing

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Audio was garbage - zero insight

This book felt like some guy reading a wikipedia page in a large hallway, about 3 miles away from the microphone.

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A must read !

Very helpful information. I look forward to buying the 2nd book in the series!! Worth the buy

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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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Great Information For Indie Artist

Loved the book, easy to follow with great information for independent artist and labels. Gave detailed explanations on copyrights and various income streams for your music.

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Valuable Information, Mediocre Execution

The Narrator had a couple of hiccups while reading and stumbled a lot for a professional book written by a lawyer. He could have also been more enthusiastic, the material is kind of boring (but valuable).

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Great book will be using all the principles.

very knowledgeable, enlightening ,on the music business great listen. will recommend to my friends thanks.

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  • 02-14-21

Excellent Information

This book is loaded with all the ins and outs of running your successful chosen career in music. Well worth the investment.

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  • 08-30-18

Awesome Education

was easy to follow through and full of information.
fired up to setup my business right .