Hal Leonard publishes The Future of the Music Business

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Hal Leonard Books has published The Future of the Music Business, a book by Steve Gordon.

The Future of the Music Business

This Third Edition is a practical guide for artists and entrepreneurs on how to succeed in the music business with the new digital technologies.

New technologies are revolutionizing the music business. While these changes may be smashing traditional business models and creating havoc among the major record companies, they are also providing new opportunities for unsigned artists, independent labels, and music business entrepreneurs.

The Future of the Music Business provides a legal and business road map for success in today’s music business by setting forth a comprehensive summary of the rules pertaining to the traditional music business, including music licensing, as well as the laws governing online distribution of music and video.

The book provides practical tips for:

  • Selling music online.
  • Using blogs and social networks.
  • Developing an online record company.
  • Creating an Internet radio station.
  • Opening an online music store.
  • Raising money for recording projects online.
  • Creating a hit song in the Digital Age.
  • Taking advantage of wireless technologies, and much more.

This revised third edition is the most up-to-date and thorough examination of current trends, and offers special sections on:

  • What to do if someone steals your song.
  • Protecting the name of your band or label.
  • How to find and get a music lawyer to shop your music.
  • How to land a deal with an indie, or a major label.

The accompanying DVD includes a comprehensive lecture, “How to Succeed in Today’s Music Business,” delivered by the author at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

The Future of the Music Business is available to purchase for $29.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / The Future of the Music Business


Managing your money online

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Just yesterday I posted about Expensr, the new online personal finance manager. It looks like Mashable already compiled a big list of 40+ Resources for Managing Your Money Online.

Buxfer screenshot
Buxfer, one of the online budget organizers

From the article:

Money. Whatever you think of it, you can’t simply disregard it. Luckily, managing your finances today is easier than ever. We’ve collected over 40 tools and resources that will help you spend less, earn more and organize better

Mashable’s comprehensive list includes Budget organizers & Financial Planning, Financial Trading & Investment and Online Payment Systems.


Where did all my money go?

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If you can’t figure out where all your money goes, there is a new web 2.0 service in town: expensr (it’s beta, obligatory missing vowel and extra “r” in the name, what more do you want?).

expensr is a free online personal finance manager.

expensr demo screenshot
expensr demo screenshot

Since expensr is still in beta, features are added regularly and bugs are fixed (you can report/suggest bugs and features). Check the live demo of expensr, or sign up for a free account.

If you’re on facebook you might also want to check iSpend, expensr lite for facebook.

Some alternatives to expensr are Yodlee.com and Buxfer.

Link via Download Squad


Sicko has health care industry worried

The health care industry can’t be too excited about Michael Moore’s latest film Sicko, a documentary style movie (which opened June 29th) that shows Moore’s point of view on the US health care industry.

Michael Moore Sicko

From SFGate.com:

Moore builds his case against managed care through a series of anecdotes: a woman whose health insurer denied treatment on the basis she was “too young” to have cervical cancer; another who was billed for an ambulance ride after a car accident because she failed to get the trip “pre-approved.”

True to Moore’s filmmaking style, he launches biased, one-sided attacks to bring his message. Naturally insurance and health care representatives feel the need to downplay the films impact.

“Unfortunately, this is a Hollywood editorial. It is not a documentary and it should be seen as such,” said Mohit Ghose, spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry trade group. “He (Moore) made no attempt to contact us … about the issues he raises in the movie.”

I’m sure Moore conveniently left out details in his anecdotes, but if nothing else, let this film be an eye opener to the public and encourage governments to think about the pharmaceutical, heath care and insurance industries.

Being from Europe I’m used to a fairly social health care system, where everyone –rich or poor– has the right to decent health care. But I can see this non-social “I don’t want to pay for my neighbor’s medical treatment” attitude mounting here also.

If people can’t afford proper health care/insurance, this should not be a problem for the person in question, but rather for the government which should be there to support its people in the first place…

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The Money Maker: Interview with Ootje Oxenaar

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The CR Blog has published an interview with Robert Deodaat Emile (Ootje) Oxenaar, the designer of the Dutch banknotes I wish we still used in the Netherlands.

CR spoke to Ootje about his work, how he added personal elements to approved designs and how it feels to have your artwork seen and used by millions, everyday, for over 30 years. (An edited version of the interview appears in our current issue, guest-edited by ad agency Mother, alongside a DPS reproduction of his classic 10 guilder note).

Detail of a 1000 guilder note
Detail of a 1000 guilder note, featuring Oxenaar’s (hidden) fingerprint in the curl in the hair

I just love the way this guy secretly put some personal touches in his designs and nobody would find them until the notes were already being printed or in circulation.

This interview is a great read, especially if you’re Dutch.


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