Musicians Business Dictionary [myoo-zish-uhn biz-nis dik-shuh-ner-ee] n. – A comprehensive collection of more than 300 searchable music industry jargon definitions ready and waiting.

about.

and so we are here today.

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.

elusive information.

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.

so what?

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.

take control of your career.

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.

where you fit in.

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.

disclaimer.

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.

agreement.

Welcome to the Musician's Business Dictionary (the “Dictionary”), a global and collaborative resource for today's music industry. Our goal is to assist not only musicians but also music industry professionals by providing an accessible, free dictionary of music industry jargon. To further this objective, this Terms of Use Agreement (the “Agreement”) states the terms of use to which visitors, users, and contributors (hereafter "Users") of this website are bound. This Agreement is a binding agreement between all Users of the Dictionary and Key Man Group, which owns and operates the Dictionary. By visiting, using, contributing, or in any other way participating in and/or utilizing the Musician's Business Dictionary, Users acknowledge and agree to the following:

  1. 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. It is the responsibility of Users to seek counsel outside of this resource before taking action involving or relying upon information provided by the other Users of the Musician's Business Dictionary, the Musician's Business Dictionary, or both.
  2. Contributors. The Musician’s Business Dictionary depends upon the contributions of its Users and welcomes contributions. Any Users who contribute information, text, data, or material of any kind to the Dictionary shall abide by the following:

    1. Users hereby that certify that the material they contribute is entirely original or that they are authorized by the owner(s) and/or creator(s) of the work to reproduce it here.
    2. Users agree that they shall abide by the Copyright Laws of the United States, and that no contribution shall infringe the copyrights of any third parties.
    3. Users agree not to directly copy definitions from third party resources to the Musician's Business Dictionary. Contributions to the Musician's Business Dictionary must be in whole or in part original.
    4. Users agree to properly cite all sources and materials not of their own and referenced in the contribution.
    5. Users agree that their contributions shall not include any false, defamatory, or slanderous statements or information about any other persons or parties.
    6. Users agree that their contributions shall not violate or infringe the privacy or publicity rights of any other persons or parties.
    7. Users agree not to contribute any material that is illegal, or contains any illegal material, under any state or federal law.

  3. Neither the Musician's Business Dictionary nor its owners are liable in whole or in part for monetary or other damages sustained by users as a result of interacting with any part, including the content and others users, of the Musician's Business Dictionary.
  4. The terms of the User Agreement are subject to change without notice, and it is the responsibility of all users to check this page periodically for updates.