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Understanding the Music Industries

by Chris Anderton, Andrew Dubber and Martin James SAGE Publications Ltd
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Everyone knows music is big business, but do you really understand how ideas and inspiration become songs, products, downloads, concerts and careers?

This textbook presents a full overview of the many elements of the music industries, and offers a sustained focus on 'understanding' the processes that have driven and continue to drive the development of those industries. More than just an expose or 'how to' guide, this book gives students the tools to make sense of technological change, socio-cultural processes, and the constantly shifting music business environment.

The crucial focus on research and analysis means readers can understand and track the ongoing development of the music industries and place themselves in the front line of innovation and entrepreneurship in the future.

Packed with case studies, this book:

• Takes the reader on a journey from Glastonbury and the X-Factor to house concerts and crowd-funded releases

• Demystifies management, publishing and recording contracts, and the world of copyright, intellectual property and music piracy

• Explains how digital technologies have changed almost all aspects of music making, performing, promotion and consumption

• Explores all levels of the music industries, from micro-independent businesses to corporate conglomerates

• Enables students to meet the challenge of the transforming music industries.

This is the must-have primer for understanding and getting ahead in the music industries. It is essential reading for students of popular music in media studies, sociology and musicology.

Questioning 'Traditional' Models of the Music Industry
Structure of the Book
1. Studying the Music Industries
Key Findings
Getting Started
Organizational Structure
Political Economy
Culture Industry
Historical Analysis
Technological Development
Media Ecology
Digital Technologies
Further Reading
2. The Recorded Music Industry
Key Findings
The Structure and Size of the Recording Industry
A Brief History of the Recorded Music Industry
The Majors: Business Structures and Characteristics
The Independent Sector: Definitions and Types
The Ideology of Independence
Strategies for Dealing with Uncertainty and Risk
Further Reading
3. Songwriting and Publishing
Key Findings
Songwriters, Performers and Publishers
Songwriting as Commercial Practice
Songwriting Methods and Tools
Music Publishing
Traditional Income Streams
'New' Income Streams
Further Reading
4. Music Production
Key Findings
Changing Models and the Mythology of the Recording Studio
The Production Process
Production Careers and Roles
Project Studios, MIDI, and Other Developments
Further Reading
5. Music Distribution
Key Findings
Introducing Music Distribution
Physical Distribution
Mass-Market Retailers
Independent Retailers
Second-Hand Retailers
Online Music Distribution
Streaming Services
Music Media Distribution
Unauthorized Distribution
Further Reading
6. Music Promotion
Key Findings
Marketing, Branding and Gatekeeping
The Promotional Campaign
Music Journalism
Point of Sale Marketing (POS) and In-Store Music
Sponsorships and Endorsements
Grassroots Marketing
Social Media/Mobile Media
Further Reading
7. The Live Music Industries
Key Findings
The Resurgence of Live Music
A Brief History of the Live Music Industry
Motivations for Live Concert Touring
Authenticity and Live Performance
Live Music Sponsorship
Roles and Responsibilities
Live Performance Contracts
Concert and Festival Ticketing
The Relationship between the Recorded and the Live Music Industries
Further Reading
8. Music Audiences
Key Findings
Understanding Music Audiences
Music on the Move: From the Walkman to the iPhone
Music and Social Media Consumption
Heritage and Nostalgia
Record Collecting
Further Reading
9. Copyright and Music Piracy
Key Findings
Introducing Copyright
Copyright Basics
Key Terms in UK Copyright Law
US Copyright Law: Key Differences
Collection Societies
Music Piracy
Music Industry Responses to Piracy
Artist Responses to Piracy
Further Reading
10. Contractual Agreements and Relationships
Key Findings
Artist Management Agreements
Music Publishing Agreements
Recording Agreements
Further Reading
Complexity and Symbiosis
Be Wary of Metanarratives
Diversity and Reorganization
Where Next?

This is an invaluable book for anyone who wants to know how the modern music industry works. Students will find it clear and enjoyable to read, musicians will find it revealing and helpful, and budding music entrepreneurs will find it provides real insights. It is up-to-date, informed by the realty of the modern music business, and balances theory with practice.Tim Wall
Professor of Radio and Popular Music Studies, Birmingham City University