Project Management and Business Books
Here are some books about project management, music business, and general business practice that I’ve found helpful. They are not necessarily new and hot; they are classics, and my reliable favorites. The links go to either the authors’/publishers’ sites or to the Northshire Bookstore, which is both online and in Manchester Center, Vermont. (If you see Northshire in person, it will probably become your favorite bookstore too. Support independent booksellers!)
P.S. You might confirm that I’m linking to the current version of these books, before you buy them. Let me know if you find a stale link.
Bargfrede, Allen and Cecily Mak. Music Law in the Digital Age. Boston: Berklee Press, 2009. An insightful and fairly comprehensive guide to understanding copyright law and the current legal state of the industry.
Cornell-Feist, Marci. Board Meetings: A Guide for Charter Schools. Harvard, MA: The High Bar, 2011. Okay, okay, this book is targeted at the niche market of charter school boards, and yes, my wife is the author and I’m the editor. But it is an excellent, concise guide to how to run effective meetings, good for all kinds of work, and I give it my highest (if, perhaps, slightly biased) recommendation. Money-back guarantee….
Feist, Jonathan. Project Management for Musicians. Boston: Berklee Press, 2013. Principles of formal project management customized for the music industry. This book serves as the textbook to the Berklee online course of the same name, and the topics are synchronized. The book is portable and cuddly. The course is interactive, with multimedia, additional examples/models, video interviews with various music industry professionals, class discussions, real-time chats with author/instructor Jonathan Feist, and detailed feedback on weekly assignments and practice exercises. The book is like a travel guide; the course is the actual journey.
Fraley, Gregg. Jack’s Notebook. Nashville, Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2007. A creative and effective way to teach strategic thinking.
Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). Atlanta, GA: Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013. The central repository for the most up-to-date research on best practice. This is the book that all the other project management books reference. Including mine.
Wynsocki, Robert K. Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons Inc., 2011. A clear, end-to-end project management guide, primarily aimed at managing larger projects in a corporate context, but some very practical and thorough descriptions of the major standard tools.
These links are related to the content of the Project Management for Musicians materials, providing more information about the featured music industry professionals and organizations.
- Addison Toons. See more of Mark Addison Kershaw’s hysterical/insightful/wonderful cartoons/drawings.
- Berklee Press. The book/DVD publishing activity of Berklee College of Music, publisher of the book Project Management for Musicians. I’m the editor in chief.
- Berklee College of Music. One of the world’s great music education institutions. Proud to have been on staff since 1998.
- Berkleemusic.com. Berklee College of Music’s online continuing education division, where you can take the 12-week online course Project Management for Musician, and many other courses about all dimensions of the music industry. Including my other course on Finale.
- Bowker. Get your barcodes and ISBN numbers here.
- Hal Leonard Corporation. The distributor of Berklee Press, and one of the world’s largest music product publishers.
- Aaron Larget Caplan. Guitarist and new music evangelist, who provided grisly photos of his house fire.
- Dana Levit, Financial Planner, Principal of Paragon Financial. Brilliant wizard of personal finance. Listening to her on the phone with IRS customer service is an entertainment worthy of a radio comedy show.
- Jamie de Rooij designed the PMM book cover.
- Smartsheet. Developers of a fantastic project management platform, which I use to illustrate various concepts.
- From the Top. Celebrating the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young musicians. Interviews with their staff and examples based on their radio shows and live-broadcast concerts are found throughout these materials.
- Frank Shirley Architects. This firm specializes in renovations and additions to antique houses, and they do first rate work.
- Mike King. Contemporary music marketing guru.
- Emily Peal. Singer/songwriter and band leader, who I Shanghaied into interviewing and contributing her band’s experiences as the basis for various case studies.
- Anne Peckham. Chair of the voice department at Berklee, and author of multiple best-selling Berklee Press books.
- Project Management Institute. A think tank about deep project management thoughts, generally considered among the highest quality sources of information on the subject.
- Bob Sinicrope. Founder/Director of the Milton Academy Jazz Department.
- Wula Drum. Makers of fine African instruments.
- Wiley. Publishers of many excellent books on project management.
Other Interesting Websites
These websites might also be of interest to those involved in music and project management. The bias here is on sites related to my students, friends, and colleagues, but some others are mixed in. Not much rhyme or reason to this list, to anyone but me, but perhaps you’ll find some good diversions here, if you are surfing.
- 99Designs. Crowd-sourced graphic design.
- Ahern Communications. Communications guru, focused on fundraising, non-profit organizations, and advocacy. You must sign up for his practical and entertaining newsletter.
- Bandcamp. Sell your music and merch directly do your fans.
- Bull Moose Records. Among the last of the great record (and other media) stores.
- CD Baby. Indie CD publishing site.
- George Howard/9GiantSteps. Music industry guru and entertaining blogger.
- Dave Kusek. Music industry futurist and entrepreneurship guru.
- Simone Joyaux. Fundraising/non-profit organization guru.
- Creative Workspaces. An online artists’ studio, founded by Bob Hubert, who took my “About the Author” photo, using a 1940s vintage Century Master Studio camera.
- David Patterson. Guitarist, producer, educator. Track down the videos of his multimedia collaborations, such as this one.
- Fantasy Monologue. Some of my songs.
- Gobbler. Audio data storage/backup/file transfer solution.
- Ariel Rivas Entertainment. GRAMMY winning producer.
- Joe Turner Consulting. Joe is a terrific trainer in formal project management: methodical, practical, and entertaining.
- Stephen Webber Music. Emmy award–winning composer, producer, educator, writer, performing musician…. you name it.