Hey AML artists. What’s good? I am in the final push of completing my writings for what I hope to be the most authoritative and first book, yet, on Nigeria’s music industry, music business and the law. The focus is both from the USA end of things and Nigeria.The book, so far, is fourteen (14) chapters long, detailed, practical and full of industry stories that have hit mainstream to illustrate business principles, legal principles and more.
I am a big believer in writing so a seven (7) year old can understand the legal jargon. So I do so and compare Nigeria and US laws, not just on the intellectual (copyright) property side of things but on contract law, among other legal practice areas that come up often in the music business and music industry.
From here onwards, it is a countdown to the completion of this book specially designed for YOU the AML artist! I need your support, and your encouragement AML artists.
This book is for you the Nigerian artist in Nigeria, you the Nigerian-American artist (God knows y’all need it from all of your stories shared with me), you the African artist in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and across Africa looking to break into Nigeria’s music markets, you the American emerging and/or established artist looking to do business (mainly performances) in Nigeria.
Basically, I’m about you the artist, empowering you so you can get your music business in order and make/ or keep your money.
BOOK TITLE SO FAR: NIGERIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY & THE LAW: A Nigerian Artist’s Guide to Success in the Music Business.
Do you all think I should change the title? If so, to what?
At this stage, we are gonna have to write this book together, hence the countdown. Each day, I will dedicate to further chiseling my writings. Next year, I want to sell, promote, and speak about it and of course see you all in person to sign your autographed copies.
So, here’s how we are gonna write this together. Leave your comments, send emails,tweet at me at @africamusiclaw or @uduaklaw and let me know what you specifically want to know as a Nigerian or African artist. The thoughts that keep you awake at night about your music career. I write for you. So, tell me how you want it created and the ingredients you want in it.
I look forward to our countdown!! This book needs to be wrapped up and ready to go in November so our focus December onwards is on preparing for publishing, offline events planning and more.
I told you all I was not playing in my last main blog post before my vacation. I meant it. “We ’bout to do dis!” All forms of distractions: persons, things, and all crazy shenanigans so kicked to the curb and cleared. I ain’t got the time for the nonsense.
AML artists, let’s absolutely DO THIS!
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