There are literally thousands of experts prepared to share their knowledge in writing, for artists it’s hard to know where to start. This list was compiled by asking my followers on social media to share their best suggestions for current, useful books for artists. This will continue be updated and expanded as the holidays draw nearer. Check out the list and let me know if you have any suggestions @askmikewarner on Twitter.
*Please note: these links are Amazon affiliate links, if you click them I get a commission, you will still pay the same price.
All You Need to Know about the Music Business
by Donald Passman
Released: October 29, 2019
Many refer to this as the industry music bible of our generation and has become a first point of reference for people in various careers in the music industry, not just for artists. The tenth edition promises to be the biggest update yet, with a strong emphasis on music streaming products such as Spotify and Apple Music.
How To Make It in the New Music Business (Second Edition)
by Ari Herstand
Released: November 5, 2019
A DIY guide told from more of an independent artists perspective. Ari has hustled, traveled, seen and done it all. This guide is the perfect companion for any artist looking to put in the hard work themselves.
The Musician’s Profit Path
by Bree Noble
Released: February 23, 2019
Are you struggling to build your fan base and create sustainable income from music? Are you tired of investing precious time and money into your music career without seeing results? Whether you're a: full-time musician wanting to expand your fan base and increase your music business income, a part-time musician hoping to make a living from music, a hobbyist looking to make a bigger impact with your music...this book will give you a clear road map to follow to achieve your music career goals.
$150,000 Music Degree
by Rick Barker and Wade Sutton
Released: Apr 29, 2014
Practical tips on artist development from Rick Barker (former manager of Taylor Swift) and Wade Sutton (host of the highly successful six minute music industry podcast). While this was released in 2014, the way of thinking and approach artist development is still relevant and worth a read.
The Plain & Simple Guide To Music Publishing
by Randall D. Wixen
Released: April 1, 2014
Since the publication of the first edition in 2005, The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing has emerged as the premier guide to the subject. With sufficient depth to be used as a text at major college music industry programs including UCLA, NYU and Northeastern, the book also remains simple and clear enough for the lay songwriter to gain a crucial understanding of musical copyrights and licensing basics.
Twitch for Musicians
by Karen Allen
Released: August 19, 2019
I will gladly put my hand up to say that I never paid attention to Twitch, until I came across this book. More than a live streaming platform for gamers, artists have found a way to connect with their fans and make a living through this platform. Recommended for performing musicians who are comfortable in front of a camera and want to generate some extra income.