JPL Logo
My Library Account

"How Do I...?"

Ask a Librarian logo

Music Business & Careers

Books | Websites


All You Need to Know About the Music Business / Donald S. Passman.
780.2373 P288a, 2000 [REFERENCE]
This Business of Music : the definitive guide to the music industry / M. William Krasilovsky and Sidney Shemel. -- 8th ed.
MIX 781.49 K89t, 2000 [REFERENCE]
Written by a music and copyright lawyer (Krasilovsky), this book has become the music industry's standard guide to legal and financial concerns. The publication includes a CD-ROM with standard forms and contracts.
Songwriter's Market.
Includes contact information and submission guidelines for over 1,200 music publishers, producers, and booking agents. Updated annually.
Recording Industry Sourcebook. -- 14th ed.
MIX 338.47780266 RECORDING 2003 [REFERENCE]
A leading music industry and production directory, with over 15,000 listings.
Career Opportunities in the Music Industry / Shelly Field.
Offers information about the requirements and prospects for over 80 music-related careers, ranging from performance and education, to management and technical support.
Opportunities in Music Careers / Robert Gerardi.
780.2373 GERARDI, 2002 [TEEN]
Overviews of a wide variety of music careers, including training and educational requirements, and income expectations.
For additional resources, search JAXCAT using The following SUBJECT KEYWORDS:


About-- Music Industry Jobs & Careers In Music
Designed for both musicians and non-musicians, this web guide collects "vast stacks of information on how to find, win, and succeed at music industry jobs."
AcqWeb's Directory of Music Publishers and Vendors
International directory developed for librarians and others interested in selecting and buying information resources for library collections.
The Commercial World of Music
A categorized directory of internet sites from the William and Gayle Cook Music Library at the Indiana University School of Music. Compiles a wide array of resources, including listings for instrument makers, music software, publishers and recording companies, and musicians unions.
Finalé® Notepad® : Basic Music Notation Software
Download this free software to create professional-looking music scores for printing, with up to 8 separate staves. Plus, Notepad® will play back transcribed music using the computers existing sound card.
MENC : Careers in Music
Career guide put together by the National Association for Music Education. Site includes a Dictionary of Musical Careers, which provides "complete descriptions of numerous music career options, followed by [their] Careers in Music online brochure which gives insight into specifics such as the recommended training, skills, personal qualifications, and average salaries for 16 career fields." There is also a Job Center, which includes job listings for music educators.
The Music Yellow Pages
"The Music Yellow Pages is part of Music Players Network, a division of United Entertainment Media, Inc., and was founded in 1994 to develop and publish the first true categorical database for the Music, Pro Audio, Lighting and Entertainment Industries." : the Business Source for the Performing Arts
Although the news articles and complete database listings are available by subscription only, free portions of the site include: Calendar of Events, Career Center, Directory Articles, and Industry Links (providing email and website addresses for performing and artists' management organizations), and Press Releases. Deals exclusively with classical music and ballet.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Musicians, Singers, and Related Workers
"Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations." From the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the information given provides a general overview of the music profession as a whole, rather than details of specific jobs.