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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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  • 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 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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A must read !

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

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Solid foundation if you take notes

If you need a brush up on all the nuts and bolts that you need to know minimum to safely chart musical waters this is a great guide probably the best ive heard as a starter course.

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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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  • Chris
  • Long Beach, CA, USA
  • 12-10-17

Shockingly bad sounding. Will buy a hard copy.

Would you try another book from Audrey K. Chisholm Esq. and/or Nader Nadernejad?

Yes. I will be purchase the actual book. The audiobook leaves much to be desired.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nader Nadernejad’s performances?

I understand everyone has to start somewhere but this is just terrible. The audio is poorly recorded, performed, and edited. Unlistenable.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-18

Awesome Education

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