3 books you should read as an artist in 2024

For artists navigating the ever-evolving music industry, knowledge is power. Whether you're dreaming of launching your own label or striving for personal growth and success, the right books can offer invaluable insights and guidance. In 2024, these three must-read books provide a blend of industry know-how, negotiation tactics, and personal development strategies tailored for artists and music professionals. Let's dive into the titles that should be on every artist's bookshelf.


1. "The Label Machine: How to Start, Run and Grow Your Own Independent Music Label"

Navigating the music industry maze requires more than talent; it requires savvy business acumen. "The Label Machine" serves as your comprehensive guide, offering step-by-step advice on starting, running, and growing your own independent music label. From legal intricacies to marketing strategies, this book covers it all, making it an indispensable resource for anyone looking to make their mark in the music business.


2. "Deal" by Jack Nasher

Mastering the art of negotiation is crucial in the cutthroat music industry. Jack Nasher's "Deal" delves into the psychology and tactics of negotiation, empowering artists and music professionals to negotiate contracts, deals, and collaborations with confidence. Packed with practical tips and real-life examples, this book is a game-changer for anyone looking to navigate the industry's complex negotiation landscape successfully.


3. "Start, Finish & Quitter" by Jon Acuff (3-Book Series)

Jon Acuff's compelling series "Start," "Finish," and "Quitter" offers a roadmap for personal and professional growth. "Start" inspires you to take the leap towards your dreams, "Finish" guides you to overcome obstacles and complete your goals, and "Quitter" provides wisdom on balancing your day job with your passion. Together, these books form a powerful trilogy that motivates artists to pursue their creative endeavors with persistence and resilience.


As an artist in 2024, equipping yourself with the right knowledge and insights is as crucial as honing your craft. "The Label Machine," "Deal," and Jon Acuff's transformative series provide a solid foundation for understanding the business, mastering negotiation, and achieving personal success. Immerse yourself in these pages, and you'll be well on your way to making your artistic mark with confidence and savvy in the modern music world.