Making It in the Music Business

Making It in the Music Business

The Business and Legal Guide for Songwriters and Performers

Lee Wilson


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Early in their careers, most musicians find it hard to believe that their band might ever make enough money to fight over. But sooner than you think, success may arrive, and without clear terms of how the band is organized and who controls what rights, your best friends and fellow musicians may become your worst enemies. Anyone who seeks to enter the complex world of the music business ought to know what to do in order to avoid derailing a high-speed ride to the top of the charts.


Lee Wilson:

Lee Wilson is a Nashville writer, publisher, and intellectual-property lawyer. A graduate of Rhodes College, she has worked as a newspaper reporter, advertising copywriter and producer, and freelance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she served on the board of editors for the Tennessee Law Review. In private practice in Nashville since 1984, she has served on the boards of the Sinking Creek Film Celebration, as president of the nonprofit organization that publishes the scholarly Cumberland Poetry Review, and was founding president of the Tennessee Writers Alliance. She is president of Magellan Press, Inc., the Nashville publisher of the Where the Locals Eat series of US restaurant guides and other nonfiction books. She has written several books herself, the most recent of which are The Copyright Guide, The Trademark Guide, and Making It In The Music Business: The Business and Legal Guide for Songwriters and Performers, all of which are published by Allworth Press of New York. She also periodically writes a legal affairs column for Communication Arts magazine. Her latest book, The Advertising Law Guide, was published by Allworth Press in 2000. She lives in Pleasant View, Tennessee. Lee Wilson offers a free fifteen-minute phone consultation to any Tennessee artist with a problem or question. Call her at (615) 746–4502 with questions.