Learn how to get the most out of the music business from a music industry insider...
For unsigned musicians, it can be difficult to juggle the tasks of creating and performing your music, shopping your demo to labels, and promoting yourself and your music to your audience. This book can help. Getting Signed! An Insider's Guide To The Recording Industry by industry veteran George Howard will show you the importance of connecting. Connecting with the right songs, connecting with your community, connecting with the industry and, ultimately, connecting with the right label will all help you connect with your audience.
A recording contract is often critical to the long-term success of an artist, but getting signed is not an easy task when you are competing against numerous bands who submit their demos to record labels on a daily basis. Getting Signed! arms you with the knowledge you need to work your way through the maze of today's music industry, and move your demo to the top of the stack. Even if you are an artist who is comfortable without a label, you still need to assemble a team to make sure your music is heard by as many people as possible. Getting Signed! shows you how to do this.
Howard, the former president of Rykodisc, will give you critical advice on how to prepare yourself, your music, and your band for the challenging task of attracting a label's attention - and keeping them interested. Build your armory of knowledge by:
- Learning what an A/R person does and why it matters
- Building your team: manager, booking agent, lawyer, and others
- Maximizing your gigs and other activities to make yourself more attractive to record labels
- Figuring out who the decision-makers are
- Navigating through contracts and royalties
- Developing your record distribution chops
- Understanding your music publishing and co-publishing options
- Considering all labels, from major labels to smaller indie labels
This book is a must for all serious musicians regardless of what stage you are in your career. It is an all-encompassing resource that serves as a reference guide and instruction manual to today's ever-changing music industry.
(Berklee Press). For unsigned musicians, it is vital to long-term success to sign a contract with a record label. However, preparing your music, targeting a label, and getting your demo into the hands of someone who will listen is challenging, if you don't know where to start. Getting Signed! , by record industry veteran George Howard, guides you through the maze of today's music industry, and will help you move your demo to the top of the stack. Even if you are not yet ready for a record deal, it will help you assemble a team that will make sure your music gets heard by as many people as possible. "The next time an aspiring recording artist comes to us for advice, we'll advise them to read this book first. George Howard really knows what he's talking about." Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth, members of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club