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Title: This Business of Songwriting
Author: Blume, Jason
Publisher: Billboard Books
ISBN: 9780823077595
Call Number: 784.028 B625t
Notes: A detailed explanation of the songwriting business with definitions of industry terms, an explanation of singles and album charts, and step-by-step guides for starting a publishing company and for pitching songs to artists, publishers, and executives.

 
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Title: Music and Copyright
Author: Frith, Simon and Lee Marshall
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415972536
Call Number: 346.7304 M973a
Notes: Copyright is analyzed and discussed by composers, performers, producers and bootleggers, who examine the relationship between the global entertainment industry and local musical practices in light of how we view copyright and intellectual property.

 
 
Title: The Future of the Music Business : How to Succeed With the New Digital Technologies : a Guide for Artists and Entrepreneurs
Author: Gordon, Steve
Publisher: Backbeat Books
ISBN: 9780879308445
Call Number: 780.688 G658f
Notes: Entertainment attorney Steve Gordon guides artists and entrepreneurs through emerging opportunities to distribute, license, and sell music, discusses new business and digital delivery models, the latest legal developments in copyright and digital music law, and explains how aspiring musicians, established artists, independent labels, and entrepreneurs can take advantage of new technologies and opportunities in the music business. Limited availability.

 
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Title: Songwriter's Market
Author: Hatfield, Greg, ed.
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582975474
Call Number: 784.05 So58m
Notes: The definitive guide for songwriters on where and how to market your songs with listings of publishers, record companies, producers, agents, and other contacts in the music industry as well as articles and interviews by professionals in the business (updated annually). Limited availability (newest edition Reference only).

 
 
Title: The Future of Music : Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution
Author: Kusek, David
Publisher: Berklee Press
ISBN: 087639059
Call Number: 780.23 K968f
Notes: The Future of Music looks at current trends in the music industry and paints a picture of where the digital music revolution is taking it and how artists and industry executives will have to adapt to an entirely different model of promoting, selling, and distributing music with new technologies. Limited availability.

 
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Title: Your First Cut : a Step-By-Step Guide to Getting There
Author: Vandiver, Jerry and Gracie Hollombe
Publisher: 11/22 Publishing
ISBN: 097177451X
Call Number: 784.028 V287y
Notes: A workbook designed to guide and encourage aspiring songwriters in getting their songs recorded by major label recording artists, outlining step-by-step processes that help them track their progress toward the "first cut."

 
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Title: How to Have Your Hit Song Published
Author: Warner, Jay
Publisher: Hal Leonard
ISBN: 9781423411994
Call Number: 784.028 W245h
Notes: A step-by-step guide for songwriters navigating the business of music publishing with advice on how to win over publishers, producers, and record executives and get your songs published and recorded.

 
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Title: Hey, That's My Music! : Music Supervision, Licensing, and Content Acquisition
Author: Wentz, Brooke
Publisher: Hal Leonard Books
ISBN: 9781423422129
Call Number: 780.2373 W488H
Notes: This book details the do's and don'ts of music licensing in films, television, video games, and commercials and defines music licensing and rights issues for musicians and music supervisors.

 
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Title: Making It in the Music Business : the Business and Legal Guide for Songwriters and Performers
Author: Wilson, Lee
Publisher: Allworth
ISBN: 9781581153170
Call Number: 780.2373 W695m3
Notes: This business and legal guide for songwriters and performers with practical advice and strategies for avoiding copyright infringement, working with managers and music lawyers, contracts and legal agreements, and internet copyright issues.

 
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Title: The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing
Author: Wixen, Randall D.
Publisher: Hal Leonard
ISBN: 9780634090547
Call Number: 070.5794 W791p
Notes: Wixen lays out the essentials of the music publishing business, discussing copyright, licensing, royalties, and more in a clear and candid style to help songwriters succeed in today's music industry.