Careers in Music

Baskerville, David. Music Business Handbook & Career Guide. 6th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1995.
This reference attempts to cover all aspects of the music business. See "Career Options," pp. 425-82. Baskerville includes a number of usual charts and tables, as well as model contracts and documents.

Beeching, Angela Myles. Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Useful, comprehensive guide by an experienced music professional with a position in academia. Includes some good resources at the back of the volume.

Brabec, Jeffery and Brabec, Todd. Music, Money and Success: The Insider's Guide to the Music Industry. New York: Schirmer Books, 1994.
This book contains a review of the commercial music business, with legal and financial factors clearly identified in each section. Career development does not necessarily address the academic community (pp. 382-92), but the list of music industry organizations (pp. 393- 99) is helpful. Music publishing is approached from the point of view of the composer and/or songwriter, as opposed to editorial or notational perspectives.

Ehrman-Herfort, Sabine, ed. Musikwissenschaft und Berufspraxis. Stuttgart: Wissenschaftlich Buchgesellschaft, 1996.

Elliot, Paula and Blair, Linda, eds. Careers in Music Librarianship II: Traditions and Transitions. MLA Technical Reports, vol. 29. New York: Scarecrow Press, 2004.
Careers in Music Librarianship II updates information found in Careers in Music Librarianship, edited by Carol Tatian and published in 1991 (MLA Technical Reports, vol. 18).

Griscom, Richard, and Maple, Amanda, eds. Music librarianship at the turn of the century. MLA Technical Reports, vol. 27. New York: Scarecrow Press, 2000.

Shemel, Sidney and Krasilovksy, M. William. This Business of Music. 5th ed. New York: Billboard Publications, 1985.
This Business of Music, while dated, is a general guide for commercial aspects of the music business. The authors include a number of forms and documents for reference not easily found elsewhere. It is a starting point for further, more detailed investigation.

Shemel, Sidney and Krasilovksy, M. William. More about This Business of Music. 5th ed., New York: Billboard Publications, 1985.
This supplements the previous title with information about "serious music," jazz, religious, and other areas. The information about music production includes material on copyrights and licensing, as well as various popular genres. Like the original publication, this book is more a compilation of information than a focused monograph.

Tatian, Carol, ed. Careers in Music Librarianship. MLA Technical Reports, vol. 18, New York: Scarecrow Press, 1991.
Careers in Music Librarianship II, updates information found in Careers in Music Librarianship, (MLA Technical Reports, vol. 29).

Weissman, Dick. The Music Business: Career Opportunities and Self-Defense. Rev. ed., New York: Crown, 1990.
This book is an overview of the entire music business, and so gives an idea of its scope. The glossary of "music business" terms is useful. The bibliography is divided into specific catagories.

__________. Making a Living in Your Local Music Market: How to Survive and Prosper. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation, 1990.
While similar to The Music Business: Career Opportunities and Self-Defense, this book is more specific when it comes to career choices. The latter half of the book is a useful reference, which may not be completely current. Nevertheless, it contains information not found easily in other resources. The bibliography is uneven -- while it is good to find Sophie Drinker's book on women in music, that source is more interesting for historical reasons than for its application to current issues.

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