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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
Narrated by: Ari Herstand, Derek Sivers
Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
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Summary

In the last decade, no industry has been through as much upheaval and turmoil as the music industry. If you're looking for quick fame and instant success, you're in the wrong field. It's now a democratic DIY business, and any guide to success in these new waters must be told by someone who's already survived them. Giving today's aspiring musicians the practical tools they need to build and maintain a lifelong career, How to Make It in the New Music Business becomes not only a brilliantly compiled tutorial on how to accomplish specific tasks - routing a tour, negotiating contracts, getting paid for Spotify and Pandora plays, or even licensing music to commercials, film, and television - but also a manifesto that encourages musicians to pave their own paths. Iin clear, easy-to-follow chapters, Ari Herstand's necessary and definitive handbook promises to redefine what it means to make it in the brave new world of professional music.

©2017 Ari Herstand; foreword copyright 2017 by Derek Sivers (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Quintessential and definitive. Must read.

The quintessential and definitive guide to the modern music industry. A must read for novices and seasoned vets alike. It will either reaffirm what you currently do and/or provide you with new perspective.

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This is rubbish

This is a complete waste of time. l purchased this book thinking all my answers have been found in one book. but I have got 2 3rds through and can't stand listening to this big headed, full of himself, who likes the sound of his own voice more than others do. or at least more than l do, and can't bare to listen no more...

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This book is worth a 100k University Music Course

This book is what should be given to every single artist who says they want to be in the music industry. A wealth of Information, gems , nuggets that if you applied just a 1/4 of the strategies here you will see a significant difference in your success rate in the Musid Buisness to today.

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Fantastic!

Delighted u got to finish it before the read version was released.
This is going to be a massive success.
Keep it up Ari.
Glad to have just met u;)

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So and so

It feels like this book was the first one written by the author.
It feels crowded, tiring and disorganised. Althought you may collect some interesting ideas, I would give 4 stars as an encouragement. For the author: just organise better the information as it feels that certain information is repeated. Chapter 13 is chapter 16 in this audiobook. Adapt the book for audio. The way the story has been presented feels childish. It does not represents Europe or other parts of the world, is feels purely American which is okay, and not. Not every buyer of your book lives in USA. Keep that in mind. And I think the revision should be free. :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-17

Fantastic! could not stop listening.

This is one of the best (if not the best) motivational tool for any DIY musician.

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  • Abraham
  • 12-07-17

Exceeded Expectations

I thought this book was at least 7 yrs old. To my surprise, the content is up to the minute as of 2017. Very useful, must-have reference book

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  • C-O
  • 23-04-17

Very good but a bit overwhelming

It's a great book and it's still good in 2017. It will probably get dated pretty quickly but so does all books of this kind. If you are a band there are tons of good stuff in here. If you are a solo artist (like me) prepared to be overwhelmed with all the things you feel like you need to do after listening to this book (besides writing great songs, making great records). Sometimes you just wish you did not have to be a jack of all trades to succeed, but I guess that's just the way it is. All or nothing!

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  • Hairitage93
  • 11-07-17

Finished in No time! Excellent Listen!

Ari gives solid advice that really dissects the industry as we know it. A friend recommended this to me and I highly recommend it as well! Thank you!

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  • Scott Frilot
  • 01-02-17

Guide Book for Musicians

I wish I had this book 5 yrs ago. It's the muse to getting any indie musician or band going. Full of great ideas; great plans; great strategies. How does Ari know? Because he's already done it. Teach from experience. If you're serious about your music, you at least owe it to yourself to listen/read this book. You're guaranteed to find at least ONE good idea. I have pages so far.

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  • Justin Sheppard
  • 25-02-17

Essential Reading

Make notes as you go. Loads of invaluable insight and ideas. Left me very inspired.

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  • Brandon
  • 23-06-17

An essential read.

if you're a small to medium level musician and looking to make an impact on your career, read this book. There's not another text on the market with an up-to-date literature on both the industry, and from the perspective of a musician.

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  • Andre X Rigau
  • 11-06-17

incredible guide

ari, thank you for sharing your knowledge with us! your wisdom has already improved my music career. cheers!

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  • Ser JT The Geek
  • 16-04-17

Best music business book I have ever read!

Best music business book I have ever read! Finally a book that gives practical tips and information on today's totally different music industry. I also love that it was written and narrated by a current musician who has actually experienced the things he talks about. I will be recommending this book to my musician friends!

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  • Shawn Gibson
  • 11-04-20

Good information

This was actually more thorough than I would have initially thought it would. Well done.