The Music Business

Music Business
Controlled Composition
Administration Deals
Mechanical License & HFA
Statutory Compulsory Mechanical License Rate
360 Multi-Rights Deal
Advances & Recoupment
Favored Nations Clause
Public Domain
Work Made For Hire
Performing Rights
Exclusive Songwriter Contract
Radio Music Director
Copyrights - Mechanical License - Performing Rights - Blanket license
Managers & Consultants
Professional Pack

Careers in the Music Business

We know that many other professions in life such as medicine, dentistry, law, social work, and other professions require discipline, research, and numerous hours of study to prove one's worthiness to participate gainfully in the field. And so, the music industry is fast becoming an area requiring many of the same elements for participating in it, and making the most of what the business has to offer.

First of all, let’s define what the music business is.

The Music Business is the commerce part of the music industry. This commerce or business side of music in America, Canada, Europe and around the world comes from many different ways to generate income and money for talent, services, companies, retailers, and also venues for performing.

If you are first starting out, you will have to determine what element of the music business you want to become involved with. Many are gifted, and have a passion and drive to be on the creative; "talent", performer side of the industry. But, there are numerous opportunities, and people that are more suited to be on the management, administrative, executive and company support side of the industry.

New talent and people seeking careers in music must also seriously take a long look at becoming more educated about the business part of music; how things work in this industry. Why? To avoid some of the tragic mistakes that so many new artists and up-and-coming producers are making everyday that causes millions of dollars to end up in someone else's pocket. As an on the rise artist, producer, songwriter, manager, or indie label, you must plan for success.  Also - many times, it may be in a person's best interest to invest in the idea of considering more of a formal education to get a degree through a music business school or become involved with some type of industry training via college courses.

Rande Isabella

Advice from Rande Isabella, Instructor of Music Production and Audio Engineering at Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

At some point in the life of every artist, producer, manager, songwriter, singer or musician, the question of, "how much education do I need?" arises. This discussion is for the purpose of giving a real world look at music industry academia and its value and importance in the lives of today's music industry professionals. Should you go back to college? Or are there alternative ways of obtaining an education sufficient for securing a position within the industry.

Criteria for determining the best course of action for you should not be based on what others have done or what a particular school has developed. Your particular career goals should dictate the method(s) used for obtaining sufficient education. These solutions should be individualized and flexible to meet the demands and ever changing dynamics of the career market. Let's discuss music & entertanment industry education as it applies to you and your specific needs.

Some of the key music industry jobs and careers in the music business are:

Music Producer, Label A&R, Manager, Publisher, Music Booking Agent, Songwriter, Artist, Composer, Arranger, Engineer, Recording Studio, Entertainment Attorney & Legal Advisor, Talent Agent, Radio DJ, Music Program Director, Live Music Performer, Radio Personality, Music Business Consultant, PR, Music Marketing & Promotion, Talent Coordinator, Studio Musician, Touring Musician, Background Vocalist, Concert Promoter, Choreographer, Label Administration, Business Manager, Talent Scout, Distributor, Video Professionals, and other industry related gigs.

The various ways of generating money in music come from (but are not limited to) Producing, performing, recording, record production, beats for sale, distribution, music publishing, record labels, licensing, talent management; artists, songwriters, performers, musicians, and more; promotion and marketing, sales, concerts, radio, video, tv, film, soundtracks, synchronization, copyrights, legal services, audio professionals; engineers, mixing, mastering services, music education and more.

In an effort of to further educate those who would like to know and understand many of the terms and common definitions used in the music business, we have put together some of the common music business terms that should help you.


Music Contracts