The Essence of the Music Business: Philosophy

· Mika Karhumaa

About this ebook

This classic of music business books has received a second edition. The fully revised piece delves even deeper into the most important insight of modern music management – the endearing inter-dependence between the artist and the manager. In accepting this, it is possible to achieve strategically sustainable results – also in terms of music.

The music industry is an artist-centered business environment. Many operations are the result of an artist’s management or the artist themselves managing initiatives or reactions. This book deals with the environment and practices affecting it. Where the first volume of this book series dealt with agreements, this second part represents the realities and themes generally perceived to be worth pursuing.

The first volume intended to understand agreements, whereas in this book we try to understand the artist. Knowledge of the music industry is central. Reciprocity and understanding the needs of others is a cornerstone to successful operations. When the artist’s management and other background forces are able to imagine themselves in the artist’s position, it is easier to relate their own activities towards achieving common goals. On the other hand, when an artist understands their affiliates’ and their needs, it is easier for them to accept the measures they have to take.

The author of this book has had an over two-decade career as an international artist manager and legal advisor. His first book was considered widely throughout the world. This second volume deals with the same topic from another perspective. Although it is specially targeted for artists and managers, it is also suitable for general information needs. The book is well suited also for educational use.

About the author

Mika Karhumaa is a music manager, legal adviser and an author. He has been a manager for various artists and industrial needs over two decades. He lectures a lot on the subject. Currenly he is attached with The Music Management specialisation studies in Arcada University of Applied Sciences.

He studied law at the University of Turku. He specializes in international contract law and copyright.

As an artist manager, he is probably best known for his collaboration with Winterborn and Celesty. Today he is a manager for Melba Culp and Delta Enigma.

He is also the author of The Essence of the Music Business trilogy. 'Contracts’ is the first part of this series. The second part, ‘Philosophy’, was released in August 2018. The third and the last part, 'Stategy' was released in May 2019.

The Essence of the Music Business:Philosophy 2nd Edition will be published in August 2020.

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