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Essential Reading for Music Artists: Top 5 Books to Inspire, Educate, and Empower

One thing about me is I’m always reading, studying and researching everything about the music business and it’s been a crucial part of my to do list daily. Not only do I want to do all I can to get my music to as many ears as possible. I like to incorporate what I learn in my own Marketing and Business Plans.

Reading is a powerful tool for personal and professional growth. For music artists, books provide valuable insights, inspiration, and knowledge that can enhance their creative process, career development, and overall understanding of the industry. In this blog, I’d like to share the top five books that I feel every music artist should read. These books cover a wide range of topics, from creativity and self-expression to business strategies and industry insights.

1. "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield:

"The War of Art" is a must-read for any artist looking to overcome creative blocks, self-doubt, and resistance. Pressfield explores the internal battles artists face when pursuing their creative endeavors, providing practical advice on how to overcome procrastination, fear, and self-sabotage. This book serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of discipline, perseverance, and embracing the creative process.

2. "All You Need to Know About the Music Business" by Donald S. Passman:

For artists navigating the complex world of the music industry, "All You Need to Know About the Music Business" is an essential guide. Passman covers everything from record deals and royalties to copyright law and marketing strategies. This comprehensive book equips artists with the knowledge and understanding required to make informed decisions, protect their rights, and build a successful and sustainable career.

3. "How to Make It in the New Music Business" by Ari Herstand:

In this digital age, the music industry is constantly evolving, and artists need to adapt to new trends and technologies. "How to Make It in the New Music Business" offers valuable insights into the modern landscape, including social media marketing, streaming platforms, crowdfunding, and DIY strategies. Herstand shares practical advice and real-life examples, empowering artists to take control of their careers and embrace the opportunities of the digital era.

4. "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron:

Creativity is at the core of every artist's journey, and "The Artist's Way" provides a transformative approach to nurturing and expanding creative expression. Cameron introduces tools and exercises to overcome creative blocks, tap into intuition, and cultivate a sustainable creative practice. This book encourages artists to embrace their unique voice, explore new ideas, and develop a deep connection with their creative process.

5. "Music Business Handbook and Career Guide" by David Baskerville and Tim Baskerville:

Aspiring music artists and industry professionals will find "Music Business Handbook and Career Guide" to be an invaluable resource. This book covers a wide range of topics, including artist management, marketing, promotion, touring, and contracts. It offers practical advice, case studies, and industry insights to help artists navigate the ever-changing landscape of the music business and make informed decisions for their careers.

Reading books is an excellent way for music artists to expand their knowledge, gain new perspectives, and find inspiration in their creative journey. The top five books mentioned above - "The War of Art," "All You Need to Know About the Music Business," "How to Make It in the New Music Business," "The Artist's Way," and "Music Business Handbook and Career Guide" - cover a wide range of topics, from overcoming creative obstacles to understanding the intricacies of the music industry. By delving into these books, artists can equip themselves with the tools, insights, and inspiration necessary to thrive as musicians and navigate the ever-evolving music landscape. So, grab a book, open your mind, and embark on a journey of growth and empowerment. Happy reading!


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