Making Music Make Money

An Insider's Guide to Becoming Your Own Music Publisher

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  • Suggested Retail Price: $26.95
  • Format: Book
  • Pages: 272
  • Dimensions: 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 0-87639-007-6
  • SKU: 50448009
  • Publication Date: October 30, 2003

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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.

“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


Eric Beall

Eric Beall is the Vice President, Creative at Sony/ATV Music. He was the former Creative Director for Zomba Music Publishing, as well as a songwriter and record producer.