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Music Publishing 101
Music Publishing 101
Create and operate your own publishing company, and learn how to effectively promote and place your songs into income-generating opportunities in this 12-week online course.

Music Business 101
Music Business 101
Gain a broad overview of the music business and learn how the various segments of the industry operate on a day-to-day basis.

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Making Music Make Money: An Insider's Guide to Becoming Your Own Music Publisher

by Eric Beall
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Successful songwriters know that to really make it in today's music business, you have to get your music published. Eric Beall, Vice President, Creative at Sony/ATV Music, helps songwriters traverse the intricate maze, pitfalls, and obstacles surrounding music publishing in MAKING MUSIC MAKE MONEY: An Insider's Guide to Becoming Your Own Music Publisher.

"First, most songwriters need to realize that they already have a music publisher: themselves," writes Beall. "The problem is that most writers either don't realize that they are already music publishers, or don't understand how to effectively act as their own publisher."

MAKING MUSIC MAKE MONEY will empower songwriters to take charge of their own careers. It provides an insider's view of the music publishing business, and offers some practical and up-to-the-minute tips to help writers make a living doing what they do best: writing songs.

Beall covers everything you need to know to get published, including:

  • The role of the music publisher
  • Understanding the copyright: how to get one, use one, and make money from one
  • Building a business plan and setting up shop
  • Identifying which songs to sell, who to sell them to, and then how to ensure that you get paid
  • Protecting yourself from copyright infringement

MAKING MUSIC MAKE MONEY: An Insider's Guide to Becoming Your Own Music Publisher will educate songwriters, as well as aspiring music business entrepreneurs, in the basics of becoming an effective independent music publisher.



About the Author

Eric Beall is the Vice President, Creative at Sony/ATV Music. He was the former Creative Director for Zomba Music Publishing.. In his role at Zomba, Eric has signed and developed top writers including Steve Diamond, KNS Productions, and Riprock & Alex G. and has coordinated and directed Zomba writers in the development of material for Jive Records pop superstars like Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Britney Spears, and Aaron Carter.


"A noteworthy addition to your song biz bookshelf...written in a friendly, easy-to-understand style."

-Music Connection magazine

"An insider's view of the music publishing business...includes practical tips to help songwriters take charge of their own careers."

-Music Inc.

"Covers all the bases of getting into music publishing."

- GOLDMINE magazine

"Eric Beall's Making Music Make Money is an incredibly informative and entertaining real-world look at what it takes to be successful as your own music publisher. It's written with humor in a way that is encouraging yet takes a clear-eyed look at the hardball nature of the music business. I recommend this book to both novices and professionals that are looking at ways to expand the way that they market their music. Eric presents so many resources and avenues for marketing your work that you are left with the feeling that with talent and determination, there is always a way."

-Steve Diamond, Emmy-award winner and six-time Grammy award nominated songwriter, whose hits have been recorded by Faith Hill, Eric Clapton, John Michael Montgomery, among many others

"Eric speaks the truth. This book will not only enlighten you about how music publishing works, it will enable you to be your own best ally when trying to get the most out of your artistic endeavors. Eric doesn't mince words. As songwriters we depend on him no matter what publishing or record company we are affiliated with because he will always give an evenhanded artistic and practically oriented point of view on the best use of our songs. It is a privilege to get his advice."

- David Frank, Keyboardist, producer, songwriter and composer of "Genie in a Bottle" for Christina Aguilera, as well as hits for Dream,98 Degrees, The System, Steve Winwood, Annie Lennox, Chaka Khan, Tupac Shakur,among many others

"Eric Beall has been a mentor to me in teaching all there is to know about the music publishing scene. This book gives you everything you need to know to get your music published."

-Howie Dorough, songwriter for and member of The Backstreet Boys

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