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Music Business: A Musician's Guide to the Australian Music Industry Paperback – November, 2002

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (November 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187687161X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1876871611
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,475,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patanjali Sokaris on October 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
While this book is written principally for Australia and from an artist's perspective, it gives so much information about the intricacies of the music business that any one who is intending to make a career out of music should read it, regardless of what role you intend to play.
Shane covers all the major players in depth, including artists, record companies, publishers, producers, session musicians. More importantly, Shane covers all the facets of the typical contract arrangements between them. The detail provided helped me to ascertain whether it is better or even feasable to do one's own marketing, label, publishing or contract them out. The book also helped me to understand that even if I do some of these activities myself, say through a company, contracts are still required to keep everything in order. The arrangements have to be clear and explicit for royalty accounting.
While the examples focus on the Australian situation, they are always compared to US or European practice. This only served to deepen the understanding of the concepts behind why the business is so complex.
This book conveys that the music business is full of complexities, but it is so helpful in making actual business decisions that I felt it was better than Tim Sweeney's books, which were more directed at the marketing and promotion side.
Overall, while not leisuretime reading, I would consider this book an essential reference for anyone who wants a career in the music business.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Rashleigh on May 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book by Australian Entertainment Lawyer Shane Simpson is an absolute essential book for anyone working in the music industry whether they be a musician, promoter, band manager, record company suit or whatever you do. I highly recommend this book, and no Australian musician whose serious about their career should be without a copy.

I've worked in the Australian music industry on and off for over 30 years as a musician as well as working in Record Companies, Band Management, Music Retail, Music Production, Radio and in the musical instrument / Pro Audio wholesale trade and I only wish I had Shane's book a few decades back to help me with my career. Although many of the examples and references are from an Australian perspective, it would also be of value for other territories as well with its insightful and well grounded advice. This book has real depth and has been an valuable asset in my work and business in the media and entertainment industries.

I highly recommend it!
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