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Making it in the Music Business: The Business and Legal Guide for Songwriters and Performers by Lee Wilson

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Chapter 5. Partnership Law for Musicians

Although making music is an art, making a living from it is a business. The music business is glamorous only on its surface. Underneath that shining surface is a cold, hard heart that will break yours unless you learn enough to watch your back and where you step. As a general rule, the parts of the business side of music that you most need to understand are those that are closest to you. And your closest relationships will be with the other members of your band. In fact, many partnerships are closer, more intense relationships than most marriages. That’s why you need a working knowledge of partnership law before you get “married” to the boys in the band and certainly before you “divorce” them.

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