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The Artist's Guide to Success in the Music Business (2nd edition)

The “Who, What, When, Where, Why & How” of the Steps That Musicians & Bands Have to Take to Succeed in Music
Narrated by: Loren Weisman
Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The Artist's Guide to Success in the Music Business, 2nd Edition is a detailed analysis of the subjects that all musicians should understand and apply to pursue successful and sustainable careers in music today. Full of practical advice, this music-industry audiobook provides comprehensive details on how to achieve self-empowerment and optimize your success in today's music business. From production and performance tips to marketing and career-building advice, this music-business book instructs and empowers artists on how to take the hard-earned lessons of a fellow musician and put them to work in their own careers.

Take your music from passion to profession. From promotion and performance tips to marketing and career-building advice, Loren Weisman serves up lessons culled from his 20 years as a working musician and a music-business consultant. Get straight talk from the road and the studio in areas such as:

  • Creating the best plan for your career
  • Touring
  • Booking gigs
  • Performing
  • Recording from pre- through post-production
  • Branding a band
  • Fundraising and working with investors
  • Marketing and promotions

©2013 Loren Weisman (P)2013 Loren Weisman

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a necessity for anyone in any part of music biz

Even if your just thinking about doing music full time. This book tells you everything you need to know to get going, and stay comfortable within the industry.

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Fantastic perspective on the music industry

I want every artist I work with to read/listen to this book. If you plan on a career in music this book sets the stage on what must be done to make a living at it.

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More for dreamers than do'ers

Too much about about top level problems, not much on how to get to theTop.

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Very passionatlly read

I really enjoyed this book.
The detail and length are encyclopedic. In my opinion this just shows the author's love for the subject and his caring for those that will read this book.
There are passion and experience in his voice that turn a potentially dry and dusty topic into an interessting chat with a long time and trusted friend.
Easily worth twice the number of stars.

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Everything I hoped for and more!

This is a must read for anyone considering a career in any business not just music. To be honest there is even parts that can help with relationships with a friend or significant other.
Great Book! I'm grateful to Mr. Weisman
For providing such a gem for aspiring artist.

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Calling this book a "must read" is an understatement

Jam packed with information for any musician planning on making steady income with music. Loren Weisman makes sense of it all in away that honest but not overwhelming.

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Recommended for all musicians

Very detailed.
Perfect for inexperienced, but beneficial for experienced musicians as well.
Every aspect of the musician's career analyzed very thoroughly.

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It's got everything.

This audio book is exactly what I was looking for when I was looking for a complete and comprehensive guide to get my Metal band Into Existence to be a bigger player in the music scene. I will be listening to this book several more times. \m/

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Passionately-Delivered but Sprawling & Unorganized

It's 18 hours long, so one could argue that it's good value for money. But the author delivers it in a stream-of-consciousness meandering fashion that makes it a frustrating listen. He's passionate about the subject, but the lack of editing is evident. You'll find him starting a section on e.g. social media marketing and then suddenly going off on a rant on why some people make it and others don't, before returning to social media marketing, and then suddenly bouncing to a completely unrelated topic almost in the same breath. This pattern repeats itself. It's made worse by the fact that some genius decided to break it into 261 chunks on Audible. We have the bookmarking feature; we don't need 261 mini-chapters. It actuallly makes it more - not less - difficult to navigate. If you're like me and you like to re-wind and re-listen to various sections while working through a audiobook, then 18 hours could easily turn into 25 or 30 hours, and that's time that arguably could be better spent. I suggest playing it at 1.25 speed.

In terms of content, if you're a live act then you might get something out of it, but it's mostly Tony Robbins-style fire-under-your-behind tough-talking motivation, combined with tips that are out of date even though the book is only a few years old. A lot of it assumes you're looking to get CD sales out of all of your marketing efforts, which in 2018 simply isn't the case for the vast majority of small/independent artists.

There's no money in music for the vast majority of artists these days. That's not the author's fault. But you're better off following some music marketing/business blogs/podcasts if you want specific, up-to-date tips. But again: staying up to date is no guarantee of success. Working hard is no guarantee of success (despite what the author would have us believe).

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Informative, humorous, insightful, and brilliant!

Loren Weisman is musically educated, extremely experienced, and brutally honest with this book! Great read if you are seeking a deeper understanding of succeeding in the music industry. It will open your mind to aspects of the music industry that you probably never thought of. Some parts even had me laughing with Weisman's genuinely unique sense of humor. Definitely recommend!

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  • 12-07-15

so much waffle and common sense

really struggling to find anything in the first 86 chapters that isn't common sense or just really vague and related purely to attitude and behavioural problems. might be worthwhile for very young people and those who are just about to start out but as someone with only a few years in the industry I honestly can't bring myself to finish this in the vague hope that there might be a handful of things that might be beneficial to my progression.

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  • Glenn1019
  • 05-23-17

Interesting and Insightful

Would you consider the audio edition of The Artist's Guide to Success in the Music Business (2nd edition) to be better than the print version?

Yes, have the audio version narrated by Loren Weisman means that emphasis is given correctly to certain parts and some of the (cheesy) jokes are a little more humorous.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There were no characters per say, however I found the true life accounts of people Loren had come into contact with very interesting.

What about Loren Weisman’s performance did you like?

The way he really put across the amount of hard work and determination is needed during each part of the musicians journey.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

What does success mean to you?

Any additional comments?

Though some parts of this book could come across simplistic and basic, it provides much deeper analysis into party of the music industry that most newcomers wouldn't even consider. If you take the experience that is on show here, and use it to better yourself, this could end up being one of the most influential books you'll ever read.

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  • Aydin
  • 07-07-18

Good advises but...

I have few problems with this book.
Because of the title I thought it will be full of advises and strategies on how to have a business plan or what are the best promotion tools and how to use them etc.. but it was mainly about how to behave as a musician and simply not to be a pain, at the beginning you think it is a book for those who already made it and then it turns into pointing the obvious (at least to me)
If you have zero experience in music industry then this is a good guid book on how to behave and save time and energy and create a good relationship with other in the industry.
I’m a bit disappointed that the title was a bit misleading to me. I think it should have been something like “sharing my experience in music industry” or “music industry tips” or something like that, it had nothing to do with business side of the music in my opinion. By replacing the “Business” with “Industry” the title wont be as misleading.
Again it is not a bad Audio book at all but if you are looking for business plans look elsewhere.

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