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Music Industry

A guide to various tools and resources for studying the music industry

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Use Library Search to search for books (and a variety of other formats, like articles, video, and audio). Books can provide lots of background information and in-depth coverage of a subject. Most of our books are published by university presses and are written by experts in their fields. 

Books are organized in our libraries using the Library of Congress Classification System. The classification system uses call numbers to place items on a physical shelf, and items are also given multiple subject headings, a controlled language that describes the contents of items. Subject headings are used for searching in catalogs and databases, while call numbers are useful for finding materials and browsing physical shelves.

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Subject Headings for Music Industry

Here are some general subject headings books on the music industry:

  • Music trade --United States
  • Music and the Internet
  • Music -- Vocational Guidance
  • Music -- Economic Aspects
  • Music Publicity
  • Music publishing --United States
  • Popular music --Writing and publishing
  • Sound engineers
  • Sound recording industry
  • Sound --Recording and reproducing
  • Sound recordings--Production and direction
  • Computer sound processing
  • Digital audio editors
  • Auditory perception
  • Acoustical engineering
  • Signal processing--Digital techniques
  • Magnetic recorders and recording -- History


When searching in the library catalog for materials related to music copyright and licensing, use these subject headings:

  • Copyright --Music
  • Copyright --Music --United States
  • Copyright --Royalties
  • Copyright --Music -- Economic aspects
  • Copyright --Sound recordings --United States
  • Entertainers --Legal status, laws, etc. --United States
  • Copyright licenses --United States
  • Music publishing --United States

Call Numbers

You can also browse books on the music industry on the fourth floor of Campbell Library. You'll most likely find relevant books under:

ML 3469-3541 History and Criticism of Popular Music

ML 3790-3792

Music Trade

ML 3795

Music as a Profession, Vocational Guides

ML 3805-3820  Physics, Acoustics, and Physiological Aspects of Music
TK 7881 Sound Systems, Sound Recording, Sound Reproduction


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