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January/February 1998

Daylle Deanna Schwartz
The Real Deal: How To Get Signed To A Record Label From A To Z

Ms. Schwartz knows of what she writes, having moved from high school teacher to rapper to record label president, and now heading up Revenge Productions—where she teaches the ins and outs of the music industry.

She walks you through the entire process, from getting gigs to cashing royalty checks. But easy it ain’t. First comes understanding what it takes to make it in the music business. Like: “Having great music without showing concern for marketability will keep you in your day job,” says the author.

Learn how to find and choose a Personal Manager, Talent Agent, Attorney, and Producer—each at the right time—to help you reach your goal of signing that
label deal.

Jazzers who think their talent and staying close to the phone will make them stars should avoid this book at all costs. It takes a massive amount of effort—and great chops—to succeed.

Ms. Schwartz’s book supplies the necessary tools. The rest is up to you.

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