Music Publishing: The Complete Guide

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Music Publishing: The Complete Guide


Smith, Benjamin, MEIEA Journal


Steve Winogradsky. Music Publishing: The Complete Guide. Van Nuys, California: Alfred Music, 2013. www.alfred.com.

Steve Winogradsky's Music Publishing: The Complete Guide is an exciting new volume on music publishing. This well-organized book lives up to its name through its clear and detailed chapters covering this important area of the music industry.

Winogradsky begins with a history and concise summary of copyright law, establishing the basis for the music publishing industry. Graphics are included to assist the reader in understanding complex topics such as copyright duration and termination of rights. Other chapters in the book are dedicated to performing rights organizations, mechanical licensing, synchronization and print licensing, songwriter and composer agreements, publishing administration, and sampling.

The author wisely dedicates two of the thirteen chapters to explaining the frontier of digital media. Analysis of a digital rights agreement is especially helpful for anyone who has not seen or is attempting to draft such a document. The chapters on pitching and placement agreements and production libraries are yet another attractive component of Music Publishing. The chapter on production libraries is one of the best written by any author on this topic. The subject is covered by text and an analysis of three different contracts. The study of this chapter would be a helpful addition to any media production course.

Throughout the book the author clearly defines industry terminology. He demonstrates how these terms function in industry agreements, and provides all of the definitions in a glossary. Winogradsky draws from his many years as an attorney and music industry professional to provide case studies, hypothetical illustrations, and examples from his own career. This brings the material to life for the reader. These personal examples are enlightening, detailed, colorful, and often humorous.

The greatest strength of this book, which really sets it apart from other books on publishing, is the inclusion of sample documents with extensive explanation by the author. …

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