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Music Business Handbook and Career Guide, Eleventh Edition, by David Baskerville and Tim Baskerville.

This powerhouse best-selling text remains the most comprehensive, up-to-date guide to the music industry. The breadth of coverage that 
Music Business Handbook and Career Guide, Eleventh Edition, offers surpasses any other resource available. Readers new to the music business and seasoned professionals alike will find David Baskerville and Tim Baskerville’s handbook an indispensable resource, regardless of their specialty within the music field. This text is ideal for introductory courses such as Introduction to the Music Business, Music and Media, and Music Business Foundations as well as more specialized courses such as the record industry, music careers, artist management, and more. The fully updated Eleventh Edition includes coverage of key topics such as copyright, licensing, songwriting, concert venues, and the entrepreneurial musician. Uniquely, it provides career-planning insights on dozens of job categories in the diverse music industry.
We gratefully acknowledge David Baskerville and Tim Baskerville for writing an excellent text and for reviewing the assets on this site. Special thanks are also due to Mark J. Davis for creating the ancillaries on this site.


Fair use is a longstanding and vital aspect of American copyright law. The goal of the Index is to make the principles and application of fair use more accessible and understandable to the public by presenting a searchable database of court opinions, including by category and type of use (e.g., music, internet/digitization, parody).
The Fair Use Index tracks a variety of judicial decisions to help both lawyers and non-lawyers better understand the types of uses courts have previously determined to be fair—or not fair. The decisions span multiple federal jurisdictions, including the U.S. Supreme Court, circuit courts of appeal, and district courts. Please note that while the Index incorporates a broad selection of cases, it does not include all judicial opinions on fair use. The Copyright Office will update and expand the Index periodically.

Interview with MJD and videos of the La. Music Educator’s Conference via the Artists House Music link on the right.

Music Business Handbook and Career Guide, Tenth Edition
by David Baskerville & Tim Baskerville (SAGE 2012)
ISBN 978-1-4522-4220-0
Updated and extended the online ancillary material for the latest edition of the best-selling and most comprehensive, up-to-date text in the music industry. Baskerville is the most widely used core textbook in courses such as Introduction to the Music Business, Music and Media, Music Business Foundations and survey courses.

New Media Consortium 2008 Conference Proceedings
Fair Use Ain’t What You Think It Is: Copyright and Fair Use in the Digital Classroom

Practice Before The Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel in 17 U.S.C. §111 Distribution Proceedings, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment Law & Practice; Vol. 5 No. 2, Spring 2003

CARP Report to the Register of Copyrights, Federal Register 66 Fed. Reg. 247, December 26, 2001

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