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How To Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living as a Musician Hardcover – December 20, 2016
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“This is the single best book on the current music business. An absolute must-read for every musician.”
- Derek Sivers, Sivers.org, founder of CD Baby
“Ari is at the front of the front. He gets it. I've read a hundred how-to-make-it-in-the-music-biz books, and this one is today's definitive, comprehensive manual.”
- Jack Conte, 150+ Million YouTube Views, Pomplamoose, CEO of Patreon
“Ari understands this space. He gives a tremendous amount of information. Anyone wanting to make music for a living should read this, period.”
- Peter Hollens, 150+ million YouTube views
“An indispensable and comprehensive manual on how to navigate the modern music business.”
“The best ‘how to’ book of its kind. As a working artist himself, Herstand knows of what he speaks. . . . The book crackles with the actual experience of being a working artist. Highly recommended.”
- Music Connection
“There is a great divide between what the young musician thinks being a rock star is and what actually working as a musician entails. Ari fills in the blanks with his light hearted yet blunt demeanor. He's the informed older brother most of us never got in this crazy, confusing industry.”
- Andy Grammer, chart-topping singer/songwriter
“Incredibly valuable. Not just for musicians, but for entrepreneurs and anyone else wanting to succeed in the music business. Ari has written the ultimate guide on how to make it in the music business. Incredibly detailed yet fun to read, this is the book that generations of musicians will rely on to build their careers. One day, all these quotes will be replaced by quotes from A-list rock stars who got their start by reading this book.”
- Philip Kaplan, CEO and founder of DistroKid, Fandalism
“There are few careers more difficult than being a professional musician, but How to Make It in the New Music Business will absolutely increase your chances of success. Ari Herstand is a fresh, emerging authority on a music industry that is just taking shape, and a fearless tour guide in a brand-new jungle. I highly recommend this for your music career.”
- Paul Resnikoff, Publisher, Digital Music News
“There are a lot of books that attempt to describe how to make and do ‘it’ in the music business. What sets Ari apart is his not only his insatiable curiosity, research and conclusions but also the fact that he is a musician that has actually done the very ‘it’ he writes about. Reading Ari’s book teaches you what the music industry actually is, not what others think it should be.”
- Jeff Price, Founder of Tunecore, Audiam
“No one has ever laid out a roadmap to a successful music career in today’s world as Ari has in his book. Covering things like proper etiquette when emailing promoters to getting your songs placed in film and TV, Ari expedites the sometimes tedious process of learning what it takes to be a professional musician. If you want to take your career seriously, read this book.”
- Andrew Leib, artist manager
About the Author
Ari Herstand is a DIY musician who has played over six hundred shows around the country, has performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, has charted in the top 10 on iTunes and has had his music featured in countless TV shows, commercials and films. He currently fronts the funk band Brassroots District. In 2012, Herstand launched the music business advice blog Ari’s Take (www.aristake.com), which was nominated by L.A. Weekly as one of the best music blogs of Los Angeles.
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What makes this book such a valuable resource is that it's not some cookie-cutter explanation of the music industry. It's a practical, step-by-step guide (with examples) based on years of Ari's personal experiences as a DIY musician. This isn't a book about how to get famous or sign a huge record deal. Instead it aims to help musicians achieve a much more realistic goal- making a sustainable career doing what you love.
I can't say enough about this book and how much it's helped my career already. It's been an absolutely invaluable resource and has opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities as an indy musician. My only complaint is that it wasn't written sooner! Thanks for everything, Ari!
Although you have to Do The Work, Ari shares so many excellent industry insights and creative ideas that you can *work hard* on what MATTERS to your music career, and not just spin your wheels. You will learn about everything from writing better songs to producing better recordings to branding your music to licensing/monetizing your music and more.
I say this guide is comprehensive because Ari goes into great detail on all aspects of the music industry. Whether you are a seasoned pro or just beginning, this book can help you to achieve your dreams of being a successful, independent professional musician making a good living doing what you LOVE.
Do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK and REALLY follow Ari’s great advice.
An aside: I bought all three versions so I could listen to the audiobook while I run/exercise, use the eBook for it’s keyword search-ability, and have the hard copy to mark up like a Bible. I have NEVER bought all versions of any book. This book is THAT GOOD.
It covers everything you need to know. Let me repeat this for emphasis: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW. And it's very readable and easy to follow. Brilliant!
Once you've read this book, I can also recommend some Udemy courses by Christopher Greenwood on marketing for musicians. (They regularly go on sale for $10). He's a musician who markets himself brilliantly. ( He also does a monthly online program called Fanbase University. I signed up for the first month which is $20, which gets you access to a lot of great videos, plus you can email him with any questions. I give him five stars, too!
Udemy does a lot of great courses: Social medial marketing, piano, guitar, Logic, ProTools, etc. Plus Office, Word, Excel, Mac and PC tutorials, and a lot more. $10 is a great deal. Five stars for them, too!
Another great book: The Future of The Music Business (How To Succeed with the New Digital Technologies) by Steve Gordon.
But I still recommend you read Ari's book first. It's one of the best investments any musician can make in their career.
Beware: this is not called "how to become a rock star" for a reason. There is tons of hard, smart work involved. But hey, there is a reason you chose to become a musician and not an accountant, right? So what if you do have to bust your behind, as long as you are living the dream?
The very last point on the book, about the future of recorded music is just pure genius.