This Business of Urban Music A Practical Guide to Achieving Success in the Industry, from Gospel to Funk to R&B to Hip-Hop

ISBN-10: 0823077586

ISBN-13: 9780823077588

Edition: N/A

Authors: James L. Walker, James Walker

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Hip-hop and R&B hold 25 percent of the consumer music market. Another 20 percent is held by religious (gospel and Christian) music, soul, disco, dance, and jazz. Here’s thefirstreference book to offer sound business and legal advice specifically tailored to these areas of the music industry. Securing a record deal, starting a label, publishing music, marketing and promoting--this is the information that today’s musicians need. With insightful examples, quotes, and anecdotes from dozens of top artists and executives,This Business of Urban Musicis entertaining as well as informative. Author James J. Walker, Jr., is a leading entertainment lawyer, representing such well-known clients as Cole, Jamie Foxx, DMX, and many others. Now he brings his years of professional expertise in litigation, business, intellectual property, and corporate law toThis Business of Urban Music--at a price every aspiring musician can afford.
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List price: $24.95
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/8/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 7.00" wide x 6.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

The Signing of Agreements and Building the Team
Introduction and Overview
Getting and Signing a Recording Contract
Signing a Management Agreement
Signing as a Group
Signing with an Indie
Agents, Lawyers, Publicists, and Accountants: Understanding the Roles and Functions
Starting a Label: A Few Preliminary Points of Consideration
Corporate Matters: Running the Label
Selecting an Entity: A Corporation, Partnership, or LLC
Signing Artists to Your Label, Production Company, or Entity
Trademarking the Name, Logo, and Intellectual Property
Distribution for the Label: Taking It to the Streets
Bring the Noise: Building a Studio
Final Thoughts on Running and Maintaining a Record Label
The Song Copyrights: It's All about the Benjamins
More than a Melody: Understanding Copyright Law
Joining a Performance Rights Society: BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC
A Thriller: Copyright Administration and Splits with Co-Writers
The LOX vs. P. Diddy: Statutory Rate vs. Three-Quarters Rate-What Does It Really Mean?
Songwriter Contracts and Publishing Deals: What Are They?
The Writer as Publisher (Self-Publisher)
Mechanical Licenses and Administration
Synchronization License: Music and Movies
Amazing Grace: Public Domain and Gospel Music
Marketing and Other Helpful Tips
Marketing Urban Music
Making the Video
Touring and Merchandising
Technology and the Internet: A Brief Overview of Popular Urban and Gospel Internet Sites
Organizations, Conferences, and Conventions in Urban and Gospel Music
A Few Closing Thoughts, Thank-Yous, and Shout-Outs!
Valuable Resources
Key Publishing Terminology
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