The Professional Musician

the Music the Business the Career the Life

by Wendell Clay Kelly



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/31/2015

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 924
ISBN : 9781496961334
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 924
ISBN : 9781504905169

About the Book

“We all love the art of music, but a professional musician must deal with the business of music. Wendell’s book helps you understand the highs and lows that can occur along the journey. As your experience unfolds, you expand your musical vistas, adding to your individuality, growing one step at a time without a direct awareness of this inevitable transition, taking place. This book tells it like it is, through the eyes of a truly professional gentleman, who has full knowledge of the elements needed to achieve success.” —Sammy Nestico, composer and arranger “I have had the good fortune to preview Wendell Kelly's book entitled The Professional Musician. In the process of my review, I realized that I would be hard pressed to find a book packed with more pertinent information concerning the actual inner workings of the music business. Wendell has managed to incorporate a diverse collection of material that is not only academic in nature, but extremely practical as well. Wendell is himself an absolute top rate musician and performer whose experiences have made him an excellent candidate to write a book such as this. The breadth of knowledge between the covers will take the reader through an eclectic group of subjects ranging from practical on the job performance tips, to legal advice such as contract negotiation and copyright law. This is a book that would be a valuable asset in the university classroom or in your own home library as an on the job training manual.” —Cliff Hulling, Professor Biola University Conservatory of Music, Pacific Symphony/Ahmanson Theater “For the past ten years, Wendell has devoted his time organizing information and writing about what he knows best: music. In an effort to help young and young-at-heart musicians, he has compiled valuable information that will assist them in charting the waters of musicianship. His book, The Professional Musician: The Music, the Business, the Career, the Life, is a compilation of gems of lessons learned from the best in the music industry. Wendell shows how to set goals, make contacts, set up a home office or home studio, how to navigate and survive the mental and physical challenges of a traveling musician. In addition, he discusses relationships, finances, travel tips, composing and arranging music, and copyright issues. Wendell also gives a brief synopsis of recording conglomerations with a wonderful tribute to well-known and not-so-well-known musicians, vocalists and backup singers. Included in his book is a brief history and contributions of Unions, particularly as they relate to the music industry. If you have a budding musician or well-established musician in the family, this book will make a treasured gift for years to come. I heartily recommend this book!” —Helen Delaney, editor

About the Author

Wendell Kelly has played on over one thousand recordings from film, TV, to CDs. He has been on over forty tours in over twenty countries and has performed multiple Broadway shows and thousands of live performances. He served on the board of directors of Local 47 in Los Angeles, gaining experience in the interworkings of the Musician’s Union and the music business. With over thirty-five years of experience as a composer, arranger, conductor, contractor, educator, and clinician, he endorses institutionalized education and the experiences of being out in the “real world” and includes them in such a needed book in the industry.