Introduction to the Music Industry: Midwest Edition is an introduction to the music industry, and can be considered a primer for two reasons.
- It covers the primary, most important information about the present state of the music and entertainment industry and how we got here. You will also learn how music is recorded, marketed, licensed, and performed.
- It is meant to help prime the pump and contribute to the development of the music and entertainment industry in the Midwest, by identifying and reporting on special opportunities in the region.
The foundation in music industry practices and pointers toward new opportunities are designed to help you understand the business and where you might fit in. The suggestions for practical activities will help you begin.
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Jeffrey Izzo is a veteran entertainment attorney, earning his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 1993. In his 25+ year legal career he has represented songwriters, performers, independent record companies, authors, and filmmakers, worked as in-house counsel for independent film production companies and multi-media organizations, and is currently Mike Curb Endowed Chair of Music Industry Studies at California State University, Northridge. He is admitted to practice in the states of New York, Massachusetts, and Washington, and proud to be an ASCAP affiliate, as well as a member of the California Copyright Conference, The Recording Academy, College Music Society, The Society of Composers & Lyricists, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Association For Popular Music Education, and Songwriters of North America.
Jeffrey is also an accomplished composer, lyricist, vocalist, pianist, guitarist, and bass player, with a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Berklee School of Music, and a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Edinburgh. He has written everything from pop songs and jingles to symphonic, chamber and choral works, but his passion is composing for musical theater.
Introduction to the Music Industry by Robert Willey is an excellent publication, which could be used for both an introductory "Music Business I" course as well as the second semester course. I especially like the resources shared and the sections called "For Further Investigation" and "Do It Yourself" which appear at the end of the chapters. These sections offer ideas for projects and further research!
- Denise Grupp-Verbon at Owens State Community College