Top 5 Music Business Books To Read

The best thing to do when you’re passionate about your craft is never to stop learning about it. I know many creatives/musicians come to the online magazine just for the music business portion of things so they can gain more insight about the industry.

Well, I am a lover of reading, and I believe books about your career path or something you’re interested in can give you more knowledge, and drive your passion. So here is my list of music business books that can help obtain information that will help you in the long run.


1. All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Eighth Edition – Donald Passman

Now, this book is like the bible of the music industry. Literally, everything you need to know or want to know is in here. This book was actually a requirement to have in my college courses. The book is a fundamental manual instruction in the music industry ever written. Donald Passman is one of the best top music attorneys. He has been in this business for over 30 years and graduated from Harvard Law. In other words, you need to get this books because this man knows his stuff.

Overview of Topics In the Book:
1. The business of songwriting and publishing

2. What managers, agents, and attorneys actually do in the music business, and how to build your team

3. A detailed overview of copyrights

4. How the business of concerts, touring and merchandising works


2. Artist Management for the Music Business – Paul Allen

This book is the ultimate guide to Artist Management. It is beneficial to those who do have the desire to become an artist manager. It’s also an excellent source for an artist who want to manage themselves. An artist’s manager is an essential influence on the artists’ career. Artist managers need an intimate understanding of the music business and what’s needed to manage their artist effectively. Managers also need to know how to motivate their careers. Paul talks about these issues and backs them up with credible information, lessons, and even contract examples.

Paul Allen teaches artist management, digital media, and marketing. He is also a producer and has produced for artists such as Blake Shelton, the Dixie Chicks, Toby Keith, and Garth Brooks.


3. How To Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living as a Musician – Ari Herstand

Ari Herstand is a notable music marketing and business expert. He established himself by publishing a variety of topics about his own experiences. The book is an absolute must-read for musicians in the digital age. Everything these days has been based on streaming services and social media. However, the book will teach you about building a fan base, YouTube following, how to book your own tour, maximize your royalties and more.


4. Music Money and Success 7th Edition: The Insider’s Guide to Making Money in the Music Business – Jeffrey Brabec

This book is the most insightful book about the flow of money in the music industry. Brabec is using real examples and real conversations about generating a good flow of money in this robust industry. This an excellent read for the people who are managers, business partners, and publishers. I recommend everyone to read on how to establish themselves in the business especially with making money.


5. Six-Figure Musician – How to Sell More Music, Get More People to Your Shows, and Make More Money in the Music Business – David Hooper

The book is a variety of thoughts and ideas through work on the music industry. Hooper even covers your mindset of how to maneuver your way through the business. I’ve always heard your mindset has to be right to reach a certain level of success. This book is supposed to help with that aspect as well as building a strong connection with your fans, how to get a record contract, social media marketing, and much more.

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