Donald S. Passman

Donald S. Passman

A graduate of both the University of Texas and Harvard Law School, Donald S. Passman is a practicing lawyer specializing in the music business. During his thirty-year career, he has built a reputation as the most influential and knowledgeable legal expert in this field. As a lawyer with the Los Angeles firm Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, he has worked with industry clients including publishers, record labels, high-profile songwriters and musicians, industry executives, producers, managers, and major entertainment companies.

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All You Need to Know About the Music Business


"Any creative person who's considering working in the music business should read this book."
-Jimmy Iovine, chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M Records

All You Need to Know About the Music Business has long been the leading resource for both novices and pros in the business aspects of making and selling music.

With file-sharing technologies and digital streaming services changing the landscape of the music business, it's more important than ever for aspiring and established artists to be aware of the current laws, regulations, and business practices governing the industry--and how to use them to best advantage.

In this latest edition, Donald Passman--the top entertainment lawyer in the country specializing in the music business--is your guide to making and selling music in the Digital Age. Fully updated, the eighth edition contains the most current information on creating, selling, sharing, and safeguarding your music in today's rapidly-changing digital landscape.

Passman provides a clear, step-by-step path for artists in structuring commissions, fees, and percentages; negotiating contracts; common royalty agreements; getting the most out of touring, concert, and merchandising agreements; and more. This book is a must-have guide for anyone interested not just in making music, but making a living at it.

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