Music Business

History Is Made at Night: Live Music in Australia

Clinton Walker
Books, Music Business
Sydney: Currency House, Platform Papers No. 32 July 2012. 73 pages
ISBN 9780987211415
Reviewed by , April 1st, 2014

In History Is Made at Night, Clinton Walker takes the lens to the ‘sticky carpet, dodgy house PAs and moshpit etiquette’ of live popular music. History Is Made at Night is one of the quarterly essays published in Currency House’s Platform Papers Series which provides a regular forum on the performing arts in Australia. Walker… continue reading »


How Music Got Free: What Happens When An Entire Generation Commits The Same Crime?

Stephen Witt
Books, Music Business
London: The Bodley Head, 2015. 296 pp
ISBN: 9781847923363 (Paperback)
Reviewed by , October 1st, 2015

How Music Got Free is business history written with the narrative drive of a Raymond Chandler crime novel. This carefully researched and deeply unsettling account traces the unravelling of the recording industry as copyright protection collapses and new digital technologies enable the free global distribution of music. And a whole generation decide to take advantage… continue reading »


Life in the Real World: How to Make Music Graduates Employable

Life in the Real World: How to Make Music Graduates Employable

Dawn Bennett, Editor
Books, Music Business
Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing LLC, 2012. 284pp.
ISBN 978 1 61229 078 2
Reviewed by , March 2nd, 2014

This book is a collection of papers from an international team of music educators exploring themes specific to the development of music-related careers for music students, including transitions into work for musicians, entrepreneurship and networking for musicians. There are also themes of a more generic nature including lifelong learning and identify formation. A book of… continue reading »


Making New Zealand’s Pop Renaissance: State, Markets, Musicians

Michael Scott
Books, Cultural Policy, Music Business
Farnham, England: Ashgate 2013, 185 Pages
ISBN 9781409443353
www.ashgate.com
Reviewed by , August 1st, 2014

As a “small, isolated, commodity dependent” trading nation, New Zealand is a difficult place to maintain a career in music. This was particularly the case during the 1990s when the country was undergoing some fairly strong  “neo-liberal” reforms under the Bolger-Shipley National  Government. The election of Helen Clarke’s Labour Government in 1999 produced a range… continue reading »


Music Business and the Experience Economy: The Australian Case

Peter Tschmuck, Peter Pearce, Steven Campbell, eds.
Books, Music Business
ISBN 978 3 642 27897 6
www.springer.com
Reviewed by , May 1st, 2014

Books that focus on music as business are relatively uncommon, so it is surprising to find an entire volume from international publishing house Springer devoted to the Australian music sector. The idea for the book arose in Townsville, when Peter Tschmuck, from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, was having dinner with… continue reading »


Philanthropy and the Arts

Jennifer Radbourne and Kenneth Watkins
Books, Music Business
Melbourne: Melbourne University Press 2015 228 pages
ISBN 9780522868708
www.mup.com.
Reviewed by , February 1st, 2016

A collaboration between an experienced fundraiser and an arts management academic, Philanthropy and the Arts promises to unpack the secrets of new philanthropy. It does this, though it’s not an easy journey. In part this is due to the book’s unusual perspective. It embeds a very narrow focus on the successful fundraising approach taken by… continue reading »


Websites & Social Media B146

Jerome John
Books, Music Business
Sydney: Australian Copyright Council May 2013, 47pp.
ISBN 978 1 920778 27 9
www.copyright.org.au
Reviewed by , March 2nd, 2014

If you thought the world of copyright was confusing enough, read Websites and Social Media and you’ll realise that the internet has added a new layer of complexity to the lives of musicians, artists, writers and critics. The plethora of on-line forums, blogs and audio distribution platforms that have emerged in recent years have created… continue reading »


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