Thanks to a request from my friend and fellow entertainer Laryssa Birdseye, I’m writing this blog. I’m not going to waste any time, but about a year and a half ago I was beginning to think making money with music was hopeless, until I realized that treating my music business education the same way I treated my college degree (as something you actually have to read up on and study if you want to see any kind of progress) was when I started changing my perspective for the better about money and the music industry.
These books helped shape my current, much more optimistic perspective, and I’ll likely re-read them at some point in the not too distant future:
- Six-Figure Musician – This book put it into a much more practical perspective for me. Of course the name is lofty, and at first I was dismissive, but by the time I finished it, I actually believe that becoming a 6-figure musician is not impossible, in fact highly practical, though it’ll take a lot of work, but so does anything that you’re looking to make 6 figures from.
- The Artist’s Guide to Success in the Music Business – This book has so much information in it, I see it more as a huge reference guide, that you can take piece by piece instead of one whole read through, but I’d recommend going cover to cover. It covers everything in the industry, with some really great strategies to improve everything from gaining new fans, to how to book shows more effectively, and how to handle things as a legal entity, just to name a few, but it’s very thorough.
- The 4-Hour Workweek – Again a goofy, lofty name, but just enough to have piqued my interest. While this doesn’t necessarily have information specifically to the entertainment industry, it’s got some REALLY great ideas on how to become more effective and efficient with the systems you set up to to make sure you spend more time doing what you love, and less time with the stupid grunt work. Plus at times Tim Ferriss is pretty hilarious with his ideas.
- The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing – This too is not a book specifically for the entertainment industry, but it was recommended to me by the ClearChannel (at the time) operations manager I would seek mentorship from on occasion in regards to the music industry. At 143 pages, it’s a super fast read, and has fantastic brain food for you to stew on and exploit for your business side of entertainment.
- The Magic of Thinking Big – This book helps me stay motivated to hit for the fence whenever I feel like my longest term goals may be losing focus. Or if you haven’t considered what goals you’d set for a 10 year plan, this may help you start to home in on them, and motivate you to do it at the same time.
Also over the last year and a half I have come to understand how important continuing my education on these topics are, so here’s a list of books I just bought this week, and I’m planning on reading this year soon (they’re focused on the music part of the entertainment industry, but I’m betting there’s books on your part of the entertainment industry as well, comment below and I’ll help you find some):
- Business Basics: A Guide to Who Does What in Today’s Businesses (Volume 1)
- Artist Management for the Music Business
- Music Money and Success 7th Edition: The Insider’s Guide to Making Money in the Music Business
- All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Ninth Edition
- Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business
Hope these help in your quests!
Obligatory picture of some kick ass musicians I randomly stumbled on :
Holy crud. These women are pretty amazing @rainbowgirlsstomp. @grittybirds and I stumbled on this tonight while catching @jesssicamanalo, holy crud, so worth it. . . . . . #justsayin #folk #folkmusic #LA #losangeles #losangelesevents #livemusic #live #hotelcafe #rainbowgirls #rainbowgirlsstomp #hashtag #jessicamanalo