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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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I. Introduction

One reason people are so intrigued by the idea of making money making music is that the music business is like the lottery. One lucky break can turn a bunch of struggling musicians who haven’t had the nerve to give up their day jobs into a band with a record deal and a sudden need for an accountant and a lawyer. It doesn’t happen to every hopeful who rides into L.A. or New York or Nashville on a Greyhound bus, but it does happen, and it is the stories of those hometown boys and girls who conquer Hollywood or the Apple or Music City that feed the dreams of all the high school kids who play air guitar in front of MTV and plan their own eventual escapes into stardom. Few rock star wannabes ever consider the possibility that they ...

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