Baskerville, David. Music Business Handbook & Career Guide, 6th ed. Thousand Oaks, Calif., New Delhi, India and London: SAGE Publications in association with Sherwood Publishing Partners, 1995. Mus Ref ML 3795 .B33 1995
Use: Designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the business of music. Helpful for a composer or performer looking for information about publishing, licensing, agents and managers, etc.
Coverage: Covers all levels of music business for anyone trying to start a professional career in music. No set criteria indicated.
Organization: Organized by subject. Seven main subjects or sections. Each subject is divided into subsections. Some subsections are organized even further. Also includes an appendix with many different subjects dealing with agreements, applications and so forth. Also includes a glossary of terms and an index.
Pros: Extensive information on a musical career.
Cons: Foreword does not inform reader about how to use the book or what is in the text.
Shemel, Sidney, and M. William Krasilovsky. This Business of Music, revised and enlarged 7th ed. With contributions by Matthew J. Fortnow and Glenn Delgado. New York: Billboard Books, 1990. Mus Ref ML 3790 .S5 1995
Uses: Guide to the commercial music industry. To learn the ins and outs of record companies, agents, publishers, etc. Necessary to do business correct and legally.
Coverage: All above topics in addition to international relations. Coverage is complete to 1995. It has a companion book called More About This Business of Music.
Organization: Organized according to four subjects: Recording Companies and Artists, Music Publishers and Writers, Music Industry Aspects, and Appendixes. All items are listed on detailed contents pages. There is a complete index at the end.
Pros: Provides good examples of documents, copyrights, contracts, etc. Clear organization.
Cons: Information after 1995 not available.