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New book unlocks the secrets of music industry practice

The Music Industry Handbook, written by Southampton Solent University music lecturer Paul Rutter (pictured), aims to ‘unpack the complex structures’ of the contemporary music business.

The Music Industry Handbook, written by academic Paul Rutter (pictured), aims to ‘unpack the complex structures’ of the contemporary music business.

As well as a foreword by UK Music chair and former Undertones lead singer Feargal Sharkey, the book features input from a host of leading industry figures and commentators, including Pete Astor, Marius Carboni, Stu Lambert, Simon May, Mike Smith and PSNE’s very own Dave Robinson.

Combining practical and theoretical perspectives, Rutter – who is Principal Lecturer and Programme Group Leader, Popular Music, at Southampton Solent University – offers advice on the myriad of roles available in the industry and ways of keeping up-to-date with current and future trends.

There is practical guidance on establishing new independent music ventures, as well as concise explanations of issues including legal trading, ownership and IP music law, copyright, exploitation and protective measures, gatekeeping, and hidden music income streams. Suggestions for further reading are offered throughout the book, while there is also an extensive glossary of industry-related terms.

Geared towards both new and veteran music-makers, promoters, musicians, managers and students, The Music Industry Handbook is published by Routledge and is available through Amazon and other retailers.

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