How The Music Business Works

The music business is one of the most complex, infamous, and influential systems on earth! To state that there are a lot of moving parts is an understatement.

How The Music Business Works has been written to explain how all of those moving parts work together.

Our goal is to compile and share the most exhaustive guide on the subject that exists.



1 The Team Read
2 Types of Music Releases Read
3 Copyright Registration Read
4 Music Industry Contracts Read
5 What is On-Demand Streaming? Read
6 What is Non-Interactive Streaming? Read
7 A Glossary of Music Industry Terms Read
8 What is Music Distribution? Read
9 Major vs. Indie Read
10 How Does the Music Modernization Act Work? Read
11 What are Print Rights? Read
12 What are Lyric Rights? Read
13 What is a Digital Download? Read
14 What are Neighboring Rights? Read
15 What is Work for Hire? Read
16 What is a Master-Use License? Read
17 What is Synchronization Licensing? Read
18 What is Performance Licensing? Read
19 What is a Mechanical License? Read
20 What Is SoundExchange? Read
21 What is Music Reports? Read
22 What is The Harry Fox Agency? Read
23 What is a Record Label? Read
24 What is a Music Publisher? Read
25 What is a Recording Artist? Read
26 What is a Songwriter? Read
27 What is a Sound Recording? Read
28 What is a Composition? Read
29 What is an ISWC? Read
30 What is an ISRC? Read
31 Organizations and Advocacy Groups of the Music Business Read
32 The YouTube Guide for the Music Business Read

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