Review of "All You Need to Know about the Music Business, Sixth Edition" by Donald S. Passman (2006)
This book is really aimed at new musicians who are attempting to break into the music business. There are chapters about picking a team, including personal & business managers, attorneys, & agents. Next it goes into how the industry is structured, including major & independent labels, records & the masters, & royalties & how to compute them, as well as advances. It does say there's the possibility of streaming on demand of audio & video on the internet, & that some artists broadcast their concerts over the internet. The book covers copyright basics & secondary publishing income, such as printed music & electronic transmissions, including digital downloads, ring tones, webcasting, subscription services, & podcasting.
Since the book seems aimed at beginning artists, there is info on songwriter deals, as well as copublishing & administration deals. Next, touring is discussed, as well as tour & retail merchandising. Classical music & motion picture/film, including soundtracks, receive their own chapters. The author did note that a lot of marketing for concerts is now being handled via the internet. Over 80% of all tickets are now sold over the internet, so it's important to have visibility & presence on the Web.
Promotion & the internet receive almost no treatment. I believe this may be partly due to the fact that this is the 6th ed. of a book first published in 1991, before the internet became such an important place. There are some links to sites where the musician can discover whether or not his/her or the group's name has already been used by someone else!
'Sorry, but this book doesn't really provide much info on how to promote either Melinda or the Backups....