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Forget everything you think you know about the odds of “making it” in the music industry. Today, odds mean nothing and success is not about lucky breaks. It’s about conquering social media, mastering the art of merchandising and simply working harder and being smarter than everyone else. We are living in the midst of an industry renaissance, one that has left the record co Forget everything you think you know about the odds of “making it” in the music industry. Today, odds mean nothing and success is not about lucky breaks. It’s about conquering social media, mastering the art of merchandising and simply working harder and being smarter than everyone else. We are living in the midst of an industry renaissance, one that has left the record companies desperately struggling to maintain their prominence, as a subculture of dedicated, DIY (do-it-yourself) musicians have taken over. These days talent is a given and success has to be earned. In 2008, Ari Herstand boldly turned in his green Starbucks apron to his manager, determined to make a living off his craft as a singer/songwriter. Almost a decade later, he has become a founding member of the new DIY movement and a self-sustaining musician, all without the help of a major label. Now, drawing from years of experience, Herstand has written the definitive guide for other like-minded artists, the ones who want to forge their own path and not follow the traditional markers of success, like record sales, hits on the radio or the amount of your label advance. Incredibly comprehensive and brutally honest throughout, How to Make It in the New Music Business covers every facet of the "new" business, including how to: Build a grass-roots fan base—and understand the modern fan Book a profitable tour, and tips for playing live, such as opening vs. headlining etiquette, and putting on a memorable show Become popular on YouTube, Spotify and SoundCloud Get songs placed in film and television Earn royalties you didn’t know existed and reach your crowdfunding goals Musicians will not only be introduced to all the tools available today but will be shown how to effectively leverage them to actually make money. More important, they will develop the mindset to be aware of new advancements both online and in the real world and always stay in tune with a constantly evolving landscape. There has never been a better time to be an independent musician. Today, fans can communicate with their idols by simply picking up their phones, artists are able to produce studio-worthy content from their basement and albums are funded not by "record men" but by generous, engaged supporters. As result, How to Make It in the New Music Business is a must-have guide for anyone hoping to navigate the increasingly complex yet advantageous landscape that is the modern music industry.


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Forget everything you think you know about the odds of “making it” in the music industry. Today, odds mean nothing and success is not about lucky breaks. It’s about conquering social media, mastering the art of merchandising and simply working harder and being smarter than everyone else. We are living in the midst of an industry renaissance, one that has left the record co Forget everything you think you know about the odds of “making it” in the music industry. Today, odds mean nothing and success is not about lucky breaks. It’s about conquering social media, mastering the art of merchandising and simply working harder and being smarter than everyone else. We are living in the midst of an industry renaissance, one that has left the record companies desperately struggling to maintain their prominence, as a subculture of dedicated, DIY (do-it-yourself) musicians have taken over. These days talent is a given and success has to be earned. In 2008, Ari Herstand boldly turned in his green Starbucks apron to his manager, determined to make a living off his craft as a singer/songwriter. Almost a decade later, he has become a founding member of the new DIY movement and a self-sustaining musician, all without the help of a major label. Now, drawing from years of experience, Herstand has written the definitive guide for other like-minded artists, the ones who want to forge their own path and not follow the traditional markers of success, like record sales, hits on the radio or the amount of your label advance. Incredibly comprehensive and brutally honest throughout, How to Make It in the New Music Business covers every facet of the "new" business, including how to: Build a grass-roots fan base—and understand the modern fan Book a profitable tour, and tips for playing live, such as opening vs. headlining etiquette, and putting on a memorable show Become popular on YouTube, Spotify and SoundCloud Get songs placed in film and television Earn royalties you didn’t know existed and reach your crowdfunding goals Musicians will not only be introduced to all the tools available today but will be shown how to effectively leverage them to actually make money. More important, they will develop the mindset to be aware of new advancements both online and in the real world and always stay in tune with a constantly evolving landscape. There has never been a better time to be an independent musician. Today, fans can communicate with their idols by simply picking up their phones, artists are able to produce studio-worthy content from their basement and albums are funded not by "record men" but by generous, engaged supporters. As result, How to Make It in the New Music Business is a must-have guide for anyone hoping to navigate the increasingly complex yet advantageous landscape that is the modern music industry.

30 review for How To Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living as a Musician

  1. 5 out of 5

    Milan B

    The main reason for 4 stars is that Ari insists on using words like "dough", "moola" and "cheddar" for money. It was distracting at best. The book is also very US-centric. I don't fault him for this, it's his experience after all, but maybe 10% of the book was confusing because of this, especially since you don't know if the legal and financial arrangements that work in US still affect you if you're from the 95% of the rest of the world. Also, a mixed blessing was Ari reading urls with "eighe-tee- The main reason for 4 stars is that Ari insists on using words like "dough", "moola" and "cheddar" for money. It was distracting at best. The book is also very US-centric. I don't fault him for this, it's his experience after all, but maybe 10% of the book was confusing because of this, especially since you don't know if the legal and financial arrangements that work in US still affect you if you're from the 95% of the rest of the world. Also, a mixed blessing was Ari reading urls with "eighe-tee-tee-pee colon slash slash" and reading meaningless numbers digit by digit like "artist you've never heard of made 7'624'863.48$ on their one-off hit" instead of saying "seven million dollars". Again, distracting. Ari gives very competent tips for using social media and technology, and admits these change rapidly, and as if to underline this point, makes numerous mentions of Vine. Point proven. One thing that I felt was important and was slightly overlooked was mentioning that one-off success is just that. Any clever trick or a lucky streak that has worked for a year or two will fade away eventually. Ari does explain that hard work and innovative approaches to marketing do matter, so it's not like he was naive about it, but, you know. I'm nitpicking. It's a good book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Minna

    As promised Herstand delivers “practical tips on building a loyal following and making a living as a musician,” in a flowing style easy to read cover to cover. This is the music industry book for right now, with current information on social media, crowdsourcing, merch, video, digital distribution, and much more. A recurring theme is the necessity of consistently putting in a mountain of hard work to succeed. He recommends twelve hour days. But the prerequisite to success is having outstanding o As promised Herstand delivers “practical tips on building a loyal following and making a living as a musician,” in a flowing style easy to read cover to cover. This is the music industry book for right now, with current information on social media, crowdsourcing, merch, video, digital distribution, and much more. A recurring theme is the necessity of consistently putting in a mountain of hard work to succeed. He recommends twelve hour days. But the prerequisite to success is having outstanding original material and musicianship.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carlosh Garzat

    As an independent recording artist, I had been looking for a book that could provide me with the essential, up-to-date information on how to pursue a career in music. Look no further. Ari does a great job in covering all the essentials in the modern music world in an engaging way. I'll keep referring to this book in the future. As an independent recording artist, I had been looking for a book that could provide me with the essential, up-to-date information on how to pursue a career in music. Look no further. Ari does a great job in covering all the essentials in the modern music world in an engaging way. I'll keep referring to this book in the future.

  4. 4 out of 5

    SY77

    Read this if you're considering a career in music or just curious about the music business Read this if you're considering a career in music or just curious about the music business in general. I learned a few things from this book! Read this if you're considering a career in music or just curious about the music business Read this if you're considering a career in music or just curious about the music business in general. I learned a few things from this book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris Turnbaugh

    Wow. An exhaustive guide to virtually every aspect of the music business as it is now. I've played a lot of gigs and worked a lot of sessions in my time, but this goes into details I didn't know and discusses topics I hadn't considered. It is shaded mostly towards solo artists and bands, but anyone in the music business could benefit from reading this book. I highly recommend it. Wow. An exhaustive guide to virtually every aspect of the music business as it is now. I've played a lot of gigs and worked a lot of sessions in my time, but this goes into details I didn't know and discusses topics I hadn't considered. It is shaded mostly towards solo artists and bands, but anyone in the music business could benefit from reading this book. I highly recommend it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Szymon

    Must-read for any band leader/manager or just any artist really. Some stuff is pretty obvious and some of the content describes really advanced processes. One slight disadvantage: heavily targetted on the USA - i would say around 30% of the tips won't apply if you live outside the USA. Must-read for any band leader/manager or just any artist really. Some stuff is pretty obvious and some of the content describes really advanced processes. One slight disadvantage: heavily targetted on the USA - i would say around 30% of the tips won't apply if you live outside the USA.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fipah

    3 stars = I liked it, do read this if you're a country/rock/pop-rock US-based touring musician or a band or if you already are playing venues However, if you're a solo act not playing venues yet, not from the US, there is not that much to benefit from here. The best advice is given on: - how to play venues and organise everything - how to pick a manager - how to network - how to organise your band - how to press releases, promos, buzz, music blogs - how LA music scene works and how to make it work for 3 stars = I liked it, do read this if you're a country/rock/pop-rock US-based touring musician or a band or if you already are playing venues However, if you're a solo act not playing venues yet, not from the US, there is not that much to benefit from here. The best advice is given on: - how to play venues and organise everything - how to pick a manager - how to network - how to organise your band - how to press releases, promos, buzz, music blogs - how LA music scene works and how to make it work for you However, most of the information is nothing new, nothing surprising, though you will definitely get practical info – even with email examples. This really is helpful when you're learning how to pitch and promote your music. I was disappointed that the royalties section was very basic. Again, the focus of this book is the practicalities of actually playing venues, working well as a band/business (organising Google spreadsheets) and pitching music blogs and writers. It is not rocket science, though you will sure benefit from someone actually showing you in layman's terms how to organise your musical journey. It is not bad, however, to me it still feels very PDF-ish. You know the feeling. Everyone today has their own PDF e-book. This has that vibe. Also, the author's underlying experience comes from a rock/pop-rock/jazz/country-ish background (my oversimplification, read: not EDM, not Bjork, not classical), he is very knowledgable there. He also is a bit wiser (i.e. not in his twenties) and you can... feel it. Nothing against the author, it just does not work for me. The vibe is a bit dated, I can't help it, the advice feels like as if your dad wrote a book for teens about being a teen while not being a teen himself. Gosh, this is so hard to phrase. It just feels... safe. Nostalgic. Older. Like as if he studied what works but there still is his dated background and foundation that no longer can keep up with all that the present can offer? Don't get me wrong, Ari sure offers up-to-date advice. But the book is basically a handbook for a band from the 90's or early 2000's who suddenly appeared in 2020 and have to learn how to tour, pitch their work, learn about handy music websites and 101 organise their band business structure. Like a handbook from someone who writes about how things are now, while being one tiny step behind. It lacks that innovation aspect. It has that nostalgia feelings of how music was played back in the days. As such, it also serves well a demographic trying to stay in that era while still utilising today's perks like the internet. Maybe this simplification will help: this book is for those who want to go on a tour with their band and gain traction, find their rock/pop-rock/jazz/country fans. This is not a book for musicians in the vein of Arca, Bjork, Sophie, PC Music etc. (probably because the innovators do not need to read books about how to make a living as musicians). Just my feelings, again, this will be helpful if you're a touring US-based band 100%.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jesus

    The density of information in this book is effectively counterbalanced by Herstand's direct but affable tone. So for a comprehensive handbook, it's a pretty easy read. If you are an independent musician, buy this book and read every page. Then go back and read it again, this time with sticky tabs to mark the pages or paragraphs to which you'll be returning. The density of information in this book is effectively counterbalanced by Herstand's direct but affable tone. So for a comprehensive handbook, it's a pretty easy read. If you are an independent musician, buy this book and read every page. Then go back and read it again, this time with sticky tabs to mark the pages or paragraphs to which you'll be returning.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I had never heard of Ari Herstand before listening to him read his book, How to Make it in the New Music Business, but now I’m definitely a fan. His book is comprehensive—who knew there were so many ways to get paid—and his style witty and hip. He reads the material in an upbeat, street-smart and engaging way, with plenty of humor and heartfelt “I survived it and so will you” attitude. It’s clear that he’s a consummate entertainer. So who is Ari Herstand? A 30-something singer-songwriter and mul I had never heard of Ari Herstand before listening to him read his book, How to Make it in the New Music Business, but now I’m definitely a fan. His book is comprehensive—who knew there were so many ways to get paid—and his style witty and hip. He reads the material in an upbeat, street-smart and engaging way, with plenty of humor and heartfelt “I survived it and so will you” attitude. It’s clear that he’s a consummate entertainer. So who is Ari Herstand? A 30-something singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist based in LA, who has successfully toured, recorded, developed a youtube presence, had his music featured in TV, commercials, and films, and who is also a staff writer at Digital Music News. One of the first points that Herstand makes is that a musician must define his/her own success, what it means personally to “make it in the music business.” The vision must match the musician’s lifestyle; for example a parent in a young family might not find a 6-month tour very fulfilling. Any musician who doesn’t yet have a defined scenario of what would feel successful will find plenty of ideas in this audiobook. Some of the most successful indie artists rely more on youtube, collaborations, and royalties than on personal appearances (not a path I would choose, but interesting). Herstand guides the would-be pro through every phase of developing each income stream. And yes, success depends on a LOT of focused work, networking, planning, record keeping, and in some cases cash outlay. Herstand also gives specific and helpful advice about where NOT to spend money to build a music career. As entertaining as this audiobook is, the serious musician will benefit by also buying a hard copy. There is literally too much information to remember, and Herstand points out specific places where law or protocol changes frequently—for which updates are available on his website, Ari’s Take (aristake.com). Everything you need to know about getting into preferred clubs, planning a successful tour, promotion, breaking into the college scene, crowdfunding, claiming royalties as a songwriter and/or performer, selling music to moviemakers, TV shows, and commercials, becoming a youtube sensation, finding patrons, making and promoting recordings, making crowd-pleasing videos, writing press releases, how to contact the right person in each industry, and when you’ll need a lawyer is included. The information on how to make your website and social media work for you without wasting time on nonessentials, and how to deal with your day job are relevant to any musician, even part-timers like myself. I can’t recommend this book highly enough to any musician who wants to up his or her game. There is absolutely no down-side to this book. Kudos, Ari!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    Excellent! Ah, brilliant. I am about to start managing my boyfriend's music career, and from following the author's blog posts on Patreon I knew this would be the best book out there. I do feel a bit overwhelmed from having read it all at once, but I just need to remind myself that Ari himself took about ten years to work out and apply all these tips to his own career. One step at a time... My only wish is that he lived in the UK, as a lot of the tips are tailored to the US. However, I'm sure the Excellent! Ah, brilliant. I am about to start managing my boyfriend's music career, and from following the author's blog posts on Patreon I knew this would be the best book out there. I do feel a bit overwhelmed from having read it all at once, but I just need to remind myself that Ari himself took about ten years to work out and apply all these tips to his own career. One step at a time... My only wish is that he lived in the UK, as a lot of the tips are tailored to the US. However, I'm sure the principles are sound and I will find equivalent markets to approach (which I would never have thought to search for) with just a bit of Googling. I expect I'll be turning back to this book regularly for the next few years! :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paige Gordon

    This book was awesome! Ari’s writing never got boring even though he does delve into some really nitty gritty stuff. He keeps it lighthearted and related enough that you never really feel like you’re reading any sort of instruction manual, even though the info you’re getting is really that detailed! Ari covers nearly every question I’ve had about making a living as a musician and overall this book is hugely informative and encouraging! Anyone aspiring to make a living in the new music business s This book was awesome! Ari’s writing never got boring even though he does delve into some really nitty gritty stuff. He keeps it lighthearted and related enough that you never really feel like you’re reading any sort of instruction manual, even though the info you’re getting is really that detailed! Ari covers nearly every question I’ve had about making a living as a musician and overall this book is hugely informative and encouraging! Anyone aspiring to make a living in the new music business should DEFINITELY read this book! Favorite Quote: “Your goal should be to sustain as a full-time musician…You have officially ‘made it’ when you’re using your creative talents to pay all of your bills.”

  12. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Very interesting and detailed book. I read it, not because I am a musician, but I love music and am curious how independent artists can survive in an era where many illegally download their music. The author is a working musician and has a legal background, so he is ideally qualified to write this book. There is a lot of good information for anyone who wants to make it in the music business, or anyone who is just curious about it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    John

    This is the most comprehensive book I have come across on the music industry. We received this book after we took Ari's webinar on the college market ( which was very informative and well worth the money). If you are looking to further your career this book will serve as a great resource. Keep in mind that the industry moves lightning-quick so you will need to cross-reference Ari's suggestions. What works for one band may not necessarily work for the next. This is the most comprehensive book I have come across on the music industry. We received this book after we took Ari's webinar on the college market ( which was very informative and well worth the money). If you are looking to further your career this book will serve as a great resource. Keep in mind that the industry moves lightning-quick so you will need to cross-reference Ari's suggestions. What works for one band may not necessarily work for the next.

  14. 5 out of 5

    pianogal

    If I had had this book 10 years, I would now rule the world. Ok, maybe not, but it certainly would have been helpful. Instead of paying $20K for an MBA in music business (like I did), just take $20 and go buy this book. Seriously - it was way more helpful and targeted to what I wanted to know. I've started a lot of music business books in my life and this is the first one I've ever finished. Very excellent read. If I had had this book 10 years, I would now rule the world. Ok, maybe not, but it certainly would have been helpful. Instead of paying $20K for an MBA in music business (like I did), just take $20 and go buy this book. Seriously - it was way more helpful and targeted to what I wanted to know. I've started a lot of music business books in my life and this is the first one I've ever finished. Very excellent read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kostas

    Ari is a singer/songwriter, and I am into extreme metal. Yet I don't think I have ever read a more comprehensive book covering pretty much all aspects of being a DIY musician, regardless of your genre and background. It is therefore highly recommended to everyone who takes their musical career seriously, including those who don't necessarily want to make a full-time living out of it, but would still love to use sound business principles in the way they approach their artistic careers. Ari is a singer/songwriter, and I am into extreme metal. Yet I don't think I have ever read a more comprehensive book covering pretty much all aspects of being a DIY musician, regardless of your genre and background. It is therefore highly recommended to everyone who takes their musical career seriously, including those who don't necessarily want to make a full-time living out of it, but would still love to use sound business principles in the way they approach their artistic careers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Ari's book is a straight forward "results may vary" "How To" for aspiring musicians. The tone makes it feel like you're talking to a friend, who's definitely not a lawyer- but has been around the block. There are other books out there, on this topic (one, even, with the same title)... but I found this one highly accessible and down to earth, which helps set it apart. Ari's book is a straight forward "results may vary" "How To" for aspiring musicians. The tone makes it feel like you're talking to a friend, who's definitely not a lawyer- but has been around the block. There are other books out there, on this topic (one, even, with the same title)... but I found this one highly accessible and down to earth, which helps set it apart.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Justin Fitch

    A pretty full proof guide to the DIY musician. Incredibly informative for a time when the industry is changing so dramatically. Like most books that have opinionated bases, this one should be taken similarly. It is not the end all be all of information by any means. Experience is (even as stated in this book) the best teacher. But this is certainly an amazing guide.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tim B

    An easily readable handbook full of implementable ideas of achieving success is the new digital music age. The author provides experiences, insights, and concrete strategies. Some of the areas are a little more lean than they ought to be, but overall an interesting and inspiring read. The glossary is useful and fun...

  19. 4 out of 5

    OrdinaryVisionary

    An excellent book. All the information is incredibly useful, right on point and I just love the checklists! It really helps organize your thoughts and make a plan. Before throwing your money at anyone offering paid online classes and webinars, seriously consider buying this book first.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brooklyn James

    Packed full of essential information!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Glory Reinstein

    A must read for any independent musician.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Josh K

    I have been using this book not for music, but for any indie creative project. From software to indie publishing. Real helpful book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Phiz

    This book is an essential read for all musicians. Some content may seem obvious but he covers all the bases.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Harrison

    This book is a fantastic guide for anyone looking to get their music career started. I highly recommend it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    DW

    Saw this book on the New Book shelf at the library. It included some of the same things as other books I've read on the topic (like The Indie Band Survival Guide). But this book was much better and more comprehensive because the author has clearly had experience at all levels of the business. It has TONS of extremely practical tips. Random points that I thought were interesting: - Don't have a back-up plan, or you will use it. - Descriptions of LA (all creatives, very competitive), NY (competitive, Saw this book on the New Book shelf at the library. It included some of the same things as other books I've read on the topic (like The Indie Band Survival Guide). But this book was much better and more comprehensive because the author has clearly had experience at all levels of the business. It has TONS of extremely practical tips. Random points that I thought were interesting: - Don't have a back-up plan, or you will use it. - Descriptions of LA (all creatives, very competitive), NY (competitive, expensive, cutthroat), and Nashville (all about the community, go to the clubs at 6 if you're new) - Never say "Nice to meet you" to a fan in case you've met them before ... - Never say "we're having technical difficulties" or apologize onstage, just be awesome. - Send emails to bookers in all lower case (this would drive me crazy) and how to get the important info across in 8 sentences. - When busking: do whatever you can to draw a crowd, take frequent breaks to engage the audience, set up a cozy space, don't perform unplugged, have a clear plastic tip jar with lots of cash in it, have a $20 merch option, play covers - Steer clear of pay-to-play festivals and shows that require the band to purchase tickets in advance and sell them - All the details about playing colleges and working with the Campus Activities Boards at the National Association for Campus Activities was fascinating (they pay well but don't generate fans). I don't actually remember any such events at my college (I know there were lots of performing student groups), but I probably just wasn't paying attention. - Stuff about the cultures of YouTube, Vine, Instagram, you should master one because they're all different, and research 10 the ways other musicians use various social media platforms. - Ads want songs with lyrics about "home," "together," "friendship," "freedom," "let's go," "sunshine," "feels great," "enjoying life," "new beginning," "things are gonna be great," "feels so good," "change," "tonight's the night," "light," and "time" ... I thought that was funny. Anyway, I found it fascinating.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Briar Rose Reads

    A fairly good comprehensive primer, though might be a big reality check to a lot of musicians. Great at highlighting just how demanding music industry success is at this point in time. Feels like Ari knows both the industry and what it's like to struggle and succeed inside it. Not such a fan of the repeated waxing poetic about the streaming services game. Probably my least favorite thing about the book. All around, a good compilation of basic industry advice and simple branding/marketing things. A fairly good comprehensive primer, though might be a big reality check to a lot of musicians. Great at highlighting just how demanding music industry success is at this point in time. Feels like Ari knows both the industry and what it's like to struggle and succeed inside it. Not such a fan of the repeated waxing poetic about the streaming services game. Probably my least favorite thing about the book. All around, a good compilation of basic industry advice and simple branding/marketing things. It's an impressive feat to put something like this together, regardless if you think it's not quite in-depth enough. The question is, does it really answer the big question that's on the mind of literally every single musician starting out today: "WTF Do I Do?" I think, the answer isn't really anywhere in sight, but that's not Ari's fault, because every musical career is different, a total gamble, and nobody can answer that for you. The strength of this book is preparing you for different avenues to explore, pointing out places you might be missing, and finding your strengths & flexing them. And that's a good start, especially if you can find all of that information in the same place.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dan Barton

    This is a must-read for independent musicians who are aiming to professionalize. Thanks to Ari's experience building his own career and his blog Ari's Take, he has the credibility and the access to the right information. A few main takeaways: 1. being a professional musician is not rocket science. It's perfectly attainable in any number of ways, if you assemble the portfolio of income streams that suit your strengths. Becoming a professional creative is made out to be so elusive as to be unattai This is a must-read for independent musicians who are aiming to professionalize. Thanks to Ari's experience building his own career and his blog Ari's Take, he has the credibility and the access to the right information. A few main takeaways: 1. being a professional musician is not rocket science. It's perfectly attainable in any number of ways, if you assemble the portfolio of income streams that suit your strengths. Becoming a professional creative is made out to be so elusive as to be unattainable. That narrative sinks in, and we deserve to have that demystified. You are your own road blocks — are you willing to find the information and execute a path? 2. Honestly, Ari's music is average to me. And in my opinion, that makes the book even better. If (insert singular generational talent) wrote this book, it would be hard to take the advice seriously. But the fact that Ari has the chops of any other Long Haired Guy Playing Acoustic in the Quad gives the book a real "and you can do it too" effect. 3. The business of music is so vast and complicated that this book should be treated like a Wiki. Take any topic that strikes you and find the books and resources dedicated entirely to the topic.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Ari's guide on the music industry is THE best of the best. You may have never heard of him by name but you have, no doubt, hard him on one of your favorite shows or heard someone who was influenced by him. If you are an indie musician and are struggling with the steps you need to make to succeed as a writing musician, this is for you. Ari breaks down the working class musician path into easy to understand steps that will guarantee your success, with a lot of hard work. He even details several dif Ari's guide on the music industry is THE best of the best. You may have never heard of him by name but you have, no doubt, hard him on one of your favorite shows or heard someone who was influenced by him. If you are an indie musician and are struggling with the steps you need to make to succeed as a writing musician, this is for you. Ari breaks down the working class musician path into easy to understand steps that will guarantee your success, with a lot of hard work. He even details several different options depending on your specific goals (e.g. Do you want to tour, have music on TV, be a Youtuber, etc...). All in all, this is the best music business book I have ever read (I'm working on my fifth listen now). Do yourself a favor and pick this up of you're tired of searching for answers in your issue music career.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    How to make money in the new music business was fun to read. I thought it was very thorough. One of my favorite chapters was chapter 5 where Ari talks about Los angles, new your, Nashville, and London. I had never heard of songwriting rounds before. I also really liked chapter 13 about Royalties and other business stuff. On thing that surprised me was that it takes so much work to get booked into colleges to play. I would have thought getting into colleges to play would have been easy. There is s How to make money in the new music business was fun to read. I thought it was very thorough. One of my favorite chapters was chapter 5 where Ari talks about Los angles, new your, Nashville, and London. I had never heard of songwriting rounds before. I also really liked chapter 13 about Royalties and other business stuff. On thing that surprised me was that it takes so much work to get booked into colleges to play. I would have thought getting into colleges to play would have been easy. There is so much that I enjoyed about How to make it in the new music business that I can't possibly write about it all. I suppose I could. But, I am not going to. I wish I could remember every word I read in how to make money in the new music business. I think after reading the book I know a lot more about the music business than before I read it. Its the best book I have read so far this year.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Josie

    Simply put, this is THE BEST music industry book out there. Herstand provides a phenomenal, hands-on guide with plenty of practical advice for the modern musician, songwriter, artist, producer or manager. He has loads of experience, and has clearly put in countless hours of research, effectively organizing his thoughts to make it easy as possible for the reader. With almost 500 pages, this book has an unbelievable amount of knowledge, though I flew through it in a little over a week, BOTH times I Simply put, this is THE BEST music industry book out there. Herstand provides a phenomenal, hands-on guide with plenty of practical advice for the modern musician, songwriter, artist, producer or manager. He has loads of experience, and has clearly put in countless hours of research, effectively organizing his thoughts to make it easy as possible for the reader. With almost 500 pages, this book has an unbelievable amount of knowledge, though I flew through it in a little over a week, BOTH times I read it. For anybody at all who is interested in the Music Industry, buy this book now, and read it immediately.

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