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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 8. Booking Agents and Managers

Very few people who make it in the music business arrive at stardom alone. Most performers who achieve any success and keep it do so with the help of a coterie of other music industry professionals who furnish advice as well as services. This team usually consists of at least a booking agent, a personal manager, and a lawyer—who may join your team in that order or may show up in some other sequence.

In the best situation, the efforts of each member of this team are enhanced by the efforts of the others. In the worst case, the members of a performer’s professional team spend their time collecting commissions from the performer and dodging each other’s calls. This is actually rational behavior from people ...

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