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  • Series: Berklee Press
  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Berklee Press (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876390459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876390450
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is well written, easy to read and georges sense of humor shines through.
C. Wishart
It helped me a lot, and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who wants to have anything to do with the music business.
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Getting Signed is an excellent guide to getting a record deal with Majors or Indies!
Luke Roland Balane

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lancelot on October 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
We owe Mr. Howard a debt of gratitude for this volumn, and even its wonderful, easy to read and understand companion leaflet, "Music Pulishing 101". I have been knocking around in the music industry for several years now trying to make sense, from the outside looking in, of this crazy business. Having signed and worked with several promising artists, my frustration with the unfathomable ins and outs of the process was beginning to show, and I considered giving up on my dreams despite my love for the business.

This work gives you the basic foundation you need in a readable, non academic way, so that you aren't wandering around in the wilderness like I was, listening to the questionable advice of people who really either 1) don't care about you; or 2) only want you to know so much so you don't level the playing field with them. It's business, not personal, so don't get bent out of shape, as Mr. Howard explains.

This work is the best, least expensive investment in your future as a knowledgeble artist, aspiring record label owner, or artist manager/producer that you can make. My music business is already opening up and my opportunities are already expanding with my increased understanding of how everything really works.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura Meyer on May 31, 2004
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If you are an aspiring musician interested in learning more about how to jump-start your career or take it to the next level, I highly recommend reading this book. George Howard has the expertise to effectively advise readers in creating press kits, developing a support team of appropriate management, understanding royalties and basic legalities, as well as publishing and gigging. He presents all material clearly and succintly, so information is easy to digest and retain. The book is written in three different parts, progressing from basic topics to more advanced ones, and so this is a book that musicians at various stages of their careers can learn from. Read this book and you will be that much closer to getting signed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. K. Levine on December 27, 2004
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Don't let the size of this book fool you. George Howard covers a lot of ground in this compact book, which is easy to both read and digest. I recommend it to any songwriter or artist trying to find his or her place in the music industry. George provides a nice overview of the music business and pulls no punches on those "less attractive" areas of this exciting but often confusing industry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexander A. Brouwer on December 21, 2004
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I read this book along with taking the Record Business 101 class at Berkleemusic.com with George himself and it was on of the most informative experiences of my life in reguard to my future as a musician. Thank you George, it was fun learning.

-Alex Brouwer
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This music business primer is easily worth over $10,000.00 in advice and real world guidance. What sets GETTING SIGNED! apart from all others on this subject is 1) the impeccable "real world" success of its author and 2) the quoted input from 22 other professionals in every field of expertise an up and coming band will need to interface with along the journey of "Getting Signed!"

Laced with humor and interesting commentary taken from real world situations, Getting Signed! fits both the must have and must read list for anyone serious about a career in the music business. It's not just for performers, but also aspiring songwriters, producers, promoters, A&R people, radio promotion, distributors and everyone else inbetween that make this "music business" a business. Why? Because this book clearly and concisely explains the music business one component at a time. Given its primary perspective is for "the band", the material covered quickly transcends into a practical handbook for success in the multifaceted music business.

The bottom line is simply this: If you're determined to succeed in the music business whether you're in a band or not... "Buy this book and learn." You'll never earn a greater return on your money than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rodrigo Noriega-jimenez on April 10, 2005
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It's amazing how this book helped me to understand the music business. The examples were very useful; also the workshops at the end of each chapter.

I think that this book enclose several tools to success in the record industry.
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I am a folk singer/songwriter in Maine, and I purchased this book for use in a Berklee School of Music on-line course (taught by the author!)

This book answered all of my most pressing questions about record labels, their business processes, and what it takes to get their attention.

The information is anchored securely in the real world, and focuses on practical, down-to-earth details about how labels work, what you need to do to get noticed, and the preparation that you need to do in order to be successful in getting signed. Demo prodcution, promo package development, gigging, assembling your professional team, publicity and promotion, contract terms, it's all here.

The book also tells you how to find your own way as a label/artist, and what you need to do that will help you perform all the services for yourself that a lable would do for you.

I totally recommend this book; George Howard is an experienced music industry and record label pro, and knows what he's talking about. The book is fun, too - George has a sense of humor and knows how to use it to keep the reading interesting and engaging.

Definitely buy the book.
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