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360 DealA-SideAdministration Deal
Administration RightsAdvanceAgent
Aggregate Tuning HoursAggregatorsAirplay
AlbumAlbum ArtworkAlbum Cycle
Album Delivery DateAlbum InsertAlbum Release
All-In DealAll-In RateAmerican Federation of Musicians (AFM)
American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA)American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)Approval Rights
ArbitrationArrangerArtist Royalty
Artist and RepertoireArtistic LicenseAudio Home Recording Act
August Press Release 2010Back EndBand Partnership Agreement
Berne ConventionBilling Block
Black Box MoniesBlanket LicenseBoilerplate Provision
BootleggersBox SetBroadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
Budget RecordBusiness ManagerBuy On
Cancellation Rider ProvisionCartageCatalog
Certificate of AuthorshipChartClout
Co-PromotionsCo-PublishingCollaboration Agreement
Combined RateCommercially SatisfactoryCompilation
Composer AgreementComposer AgreementsComposer Share
Compulsory LicenseConcert PromoterConducting Royalties
Conflict of InterestConsignmentConstructed Retail Price
Contingency FeeControlled CompositionControlled Composition Clause
ConversionCopyrightCopyright Royalty Board
CouplingCover AlbumCrawl
Creative CommonsCreative ControlCross-Collateralization
CrossoverCue Sheet
CutoutDIY Recording
Demo
Derivative WorkDevelopment DealDialogue Editor
Diamond AlbumDigital DistributionDigital Download
Digital Rights ManagementDilutionDisclaimer
DiscographyDistribution
DistributorDual Disc
DumpingEPEQ
Editing HelpEntertainment Lawyer
Exclusive AgreementExclusive License
Exclusive Songwriting ContractExpress LicenseFair Use
File SharingFilm Songwriter's DealFirm Album
First-Sale DoctrineFirst RefusalFirst Use
Flat FeeFolioForeign Publishing
Foreign Sub-PublishingFree GoodsGold Album
Grand RightGraphic EqualizerGreatest Hits Album
Gross ReceiptsGross SalesGuaranteed Release Clause
Handshake AgreementHarry Fox Agency
High-Pass FilterImplied LicenseIn the Black
Independent Production AgreementIndependent PromoterIndependent Record Company
Inducement LetterInfringement
Intellectual PropertyJebbleJoint Recording
Key Man ClauseKey Member
KickersLabel ShoppingLicensee
Licensing ManagerLicensorLiner Notes
Liquidating ReservesLive AlbumLow-Pass Filter
Lyric SheetLyricistMain Page
Major Record CompanyManufactured UnitsManufacturing Costs
Master RecordingMaster Use LicenseMatching Folio
Mechanical LicenseMechanical RoyaltiesMediation
Mixed FolioMixerMixing
Moral Rights (Droit Moral)Most Favored Nations Clause
Multiple AlbumMultitrack RecordingMusic Clearance
Music SupervisorMusic VideoNeilsen Soundscan
Net RateNew MediaNonexclusive License
NonreturnableOne SheetOptional Album
Outside CompositionPackage Deal
PackagingParametric EqualizerParody
PatentPay-or-PlayPayola
Per DiemPerformance LicensePerforming Rights Organization
Personal ManagerPiracyPlatinum Album
Press KitPressing And Distribution DealPrinted Music
Prior SongsPro-Rated RoyaltyProducer
Producer RoyaltyProduction CompanyProduction Coordinator
Production DivisionProject OverviewPromoter
PromotionPseudonymous WorkPublic Domain
Published Price to Dealers (PPD)Publisher
Publisher SharePublishingPublishing Agreement
Publishing CompanyPublishing IncomeRatable Liquidation
RateRecordRecord Club
Record CompanyRecord DealRecord One Royalty
Record ProducerRecord Rental Amendment of 1984Record Reserves
RecoupmentRest of World / UniverseRetainer
Retroactive EscalationReturn PrivilegeReversion of Copyright
RiderRiffRight of Termination
RoyaltyRoyalty AdministratorRoyalty Escalation
SESACSampleSample Clearing
Sample LicenseSchlockScrap
Secondary PublishingService markSheet Music
Shelving FilterSidemanSides
SingleSong PluggerSonny Bono Copyright Act
Sound Design EngineerSound EngineerSoundalike
SoundtrackSpec RecordingSpeculation
Split PublishingSpottingStatutory Copyright
Statutory RateStep DealStudio
Studio MusicianSub-PublishingSublicensing
Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)Sunset ClauseSweetening
SynchronizationSynchronization LicenseTalkback
Technically SatisfactoryTermTerritory
Tethered DownloadTheme SongTime Reversion Clause
Top FortyTour ManagerTour Support
TrademarkTradesTranscription License
Two Track MasterUnderscoreUnion Scale
Untethered DownloadUpstreaming
Value BillingVest Pocket PublisherVoice over talent
Voluntary LicenseWIPOWork for Hire
WriterWriter/Publisher

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.