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St. Martin's Griffin
St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780312263508208 Pages
Barnes & Noble
Whether you're in a band, a business entrepreneur or just interested in the music business, Label Launch will let you take your fantasies of holding the reigns at your own record label into reality. In fun, easy-to-understand language Veronika Kalmar takes you step-by-step through the intricate process of running a label from the moment you think about entering the biz until your first CD, vinyl single, or demo tape rolls off the press. Topics covered include:
Funding your label
Maneuvering through the legal maze
Selling your product online and off
Picking and signing bands
Promotion and touring
Avoiding the most common pitfalls of a new label
And even tells you when it's time to sell out to "the man."
Kalmer has culled information from the best in the independent record business interviewing heads of labels who have made a great success and those that almost didn't make it.