Our entire reason for existing is to give every musician free and easy access to information that is critical to their success in today's music industry. The way we see it, the business and legal information musicians need to thrive in the industry is about as elusive as the perfect record deal we've all been chasing.
Yet, everything musicians need to do in the modern music industry—land gigs, produce albums, promote themselves, uphold a brand—requires not just knowing this information, but a competence in knowing how to use this information. In fact, we'd say being a modern musician requires legal prowess that most only attain in high-level college classes—if not in law school.
Sure, this is why we have (nice and expensive) lawyers in the biz, so they can aid musicians in navigating the legal matters that affect their careers. But really, do musicians still need to be left in the dark, especially musicians who wish to retain control over their careers? The answer is no. And this is why we have created the Musician's Business Dictionary, the world's only online resource of more than 300 searchable music industry jargon definitions.
We provide the means for musicians to educate themselves, so our industry can be well on its way to having all musicians aware of the business and legal issues that affect their art. And so they can take the necessary steps to mitigate/convert those issues into opportunities for success.
Here is the way musicians can learn and contribute knowledge via adding music industry jargon to a free and easily accessible online database. So please do join in! We'd appreciate the company (you know, making the world a better place can get a bit lonely), and we think you'll learn a lot along the way. Simply search for jargon to begin, or create an account if you'd like to contribute. And don't forget to follow us on Twitter! Cheers!
The Musician's Business Dictionary is a project of Key Man Group: Foundation for the Rights of Musicians and is supported by various generous partners, including University of the Pacific, AECG, and the Rights Workshop. Please review the Terms and Conditions before using the Musician's Business Dictionary.
You might be surprised, but giving every musician free and easy access to the information critical to their success is no easy task--and it’s certainly not free.
The Musicians’ Business Dictionary relies on donations from people just like you who find the time and generosity to make even a small donation. A gift of just $1 helps to ensure the Musician’s Business Dictionary will remain a free resource for all to indulge. A gift of just $5 makes us all behind the Musician’s Business Dictionary jump up and cheer!
Donations can be made to the Key Man Group: Foundation for the Rights of Musicians (the organization directly behind the Musician’s Business Dictionary) via PayPal using a secure online form. All donations are tax deductible and a confirmation receipt will be mailed to you within three weeks of your donation.
The Musician’s Business Dictionary is a user-created and maintained resource. The content of the Dictionary is subject to constant change and revision by third parties, and the content may not have been reviewed by the Dictionary or its owners. Neither it nor its owners warrants or guarantees that any of the information contained in the Dictionary is true, accurate, up-to-date, or complete.
We encourage all musicians and music industry professionals to use the Musician’s Business Dictionary for industry jargon definitions, but we strongly advise all users to seek advice from an appropriate professional before making important decisions based upon any words or jargon contained in the Dictionary. For more information please refer to the Musician’s Business Dictionary’s User Agreement, which can be viewed below.