Inside the Music Business

By Tony Barrow; Julian Newby | Go to book overview
Save to active project


Getting inside the music business

When first considering entering the music business it’s important to stop and think exactly what the term music business actually means. What does the music business do? The broad answer to that question is that it serves to enable and support the creation of musical products, such as records, videos and concerts and published musical works, for the commercial exploitation of the copyrights embodied in those products. The music business is, essentially, a rights business.

It’s a somewhat cold and clinical definition, but does its job in that it serves to shatter the commonly held impression of the music business as a bunch of wacky men and women who convene on an informal basis to create music from the midst of a bohemian, good-time fog. That is not what the music business is. It is lawyers, accountants, administrators, secretaries, typists, computer programmers, agents, managers, promoters, technicians, producers, graphic designers, songwriters, song publishers, copyright agencies, musicians, singers, dancers, stage hands, drivers, box-office staff, disc jockeys, video producers and directors. It is huge, worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year, and is, in the main, not staffed by long-haired funsters who stay in bed until midday and party until the small hours, day-in and day-out.

Most of the people in the music business start work at the start of the day and go home at the end of the day. Many of them wear suits; some even wear ties. Many of them are over 40 years old and some much older! Most of them couldn’t play a


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Inside the Music Business


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 244

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?