Music Law (Paperback)

How to Run Your Band's Business

By Richard Stim

NOLO, 9781413317435, 551pp.

Publication Date: September 17, 2012

List Price: 39.99*
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The No. 1 bestselling business book for bands!

If you belong to a band and love the art of your job, but sing the blues when it comes to the business side, you need Music Law. Composed by musician and lawyer Richard Stim, the book explains how to:

. find the right manager
. buy, insure and maintain equipment
. get gigs and get paid
. tour on a budget
. use samples
. do covers legally
. protect your copyright
. trademark your band’s name
. choose a recording studio
. sell your music
. manage your website
. understand record contracts
. deal with taxes

Music Law provides all the legal information and practical advice musicians need. This edition is thoroughly updated with the latest changes in copyright and trademark law, including guidance on filling out "Form CO." Plus, find expanded information on musical collaborations between DJs and other musicians. You'll also get the most up-to-date legal forms avaliable.

--This book has links to online forms

About the Author

Richard Stim specializes in small business, copyright, patents, and trademark issues at Nolo. He practices law in San Francisco and has represented photographers, software developers, crafts people, publishers, musicians, and toy designers. He is the author of many books, including "Music Law," and "Profit From Your Idea." Stim also produces audiobooks, and performs and records with two bands.

Praise For Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business

"Explains the business side of running a band from a legal perspective.... Covers downloads and other Internet issues."  Reference & Research Book News