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Dan McAvinchey is a composer/guitarist living in Raleigh, NC.

He believes every musician or composer has the power to release their own record.

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His CD release on Guitar Nine was entitled "Guitar Haus".

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Help For Your Independent Label or Release

Many of you, at some time or another, will be exploring the possibility of releasing your own independently produced record, tape, or CD. You may even want to start your own record label. The benefits of doing so are numerous:
  • Earnings from sales of a smaller number of independently released recordings can be more profitable than large sales on a major label
  • You can start your label and release a record today; you do not have to wait for a label to contact you
  • Your future is in your own hands, not in the hands of hardened bureaucrats
  • You retain complete creative control over your music
  • Releasing your own record is a relatively inexpensive option, and it's a way to get heard
With that in mind, you may need some help in completing a recording project for the first time. Following are reviews of several excellent books on everything from making your record and setting up a label to publishing and legal concerns. Good luck!

Note: All books reviewed may be purchased through our association with Amazon.com Books -- simply click on the book cover to order.


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The Recording Industry Sourcebook 11th Ed.

Spiral Bound



Do you want contacts? Maybe you need contacts. This directory for the recording industry has over 10,000 entries in 55 different categories! Everything and everybody from music attorneys, indie distributors, music media, record promotion and recording studios to CD manufacturers, equipment transportation, digital imaging, record producers and major record labels. Each entry includes names and titles, fax and phone numbers, styles of music, notes, addresses, etc. There are even credits, rates and specialties listed for the record producer category. An indispensable directory for hooking up with the right people at the right time. Scb Distributors, ©1999, 376 pp.


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The New Songwriter's Guide to Music Publishing, 3rd Edition

By: Randy Poe



In contrast to The Musician's Business & Legal Guide, this book concentrates on the details of the publishing contract and its importance in generating a healthy stream of royalties. Geared towards songwriters of all music styles, Music Publishing - A Songwriters Guide removes the mystery surrounding music publishing and explains the different royalties that can be earned by songwriters and publishers, iincluding royalties from foreign sources. Mr. Poe also includes an excellent chapter on the pros and cons of starting your own publishing company. Since one of the biggest regrets of many famous songwriters is not fully understanding the long-term financial impact of publishing clauses in their initial contracts, this book should be required reading by all songwriters. Writer's Digest Books, ©2009, 160 pp.


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Everything You'd Better Know about the Record Industry

By: Kashif



Songwriter, producer and artist Kashif relates real-world situations from his 24 plus years of industry experience to provide an insider's look at the business of music. Kashif is not shy about expressing his opinions on 'standard recording deals' and how they tend to exploit musicians. From establishing an independent label and recording budget to understanding how royalties work, various agreements, and copyright laws as they apply to sampling and other income-generating methods, whether you want to run your own label or desire a record deal, this book would be very helpful. The book has a wonderful, easy-to-read style, as if Kashif is right in your living room, helping you to achieve your dream. Highly recommended. Brooklyn Boy Books, ©1996, 410 pp.


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