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The Musician’s Legal Companion, Second Edition by Michael A. Aczon

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Chapter 3. Songwriting and Music Publishing Agreements

I cannot write the following phrase enough times, and feel it from the bottom of my heart every single time I do so: It starts with a song. Period. There is absolutely no music business without the music. This entire industry would be nothing if it weren’t for songwriters and their songs.

Think about it for a moment—when trying to remember a particular time in your life, what do you use as an artistic reference point? It’s usually by identifying the songs you were listening to or singing at the time. Even more to the point in the context of the music industry, have you ever asked yourself what was more important—an act or a song? I personally believe that it’s the song, because if you are trying ...

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