Blue silhouette of a person wearing headphones in front of a glowing screenUnlocking the Digital Age: The Musician’s Guide to Research, Copyright, and Publishing

by Kathleen DeLaurenti & Andrea I. Copland

Based on coursework developed at Peabody Conservatory, this book serves as a crucial resource for early career musicians navigating the complexities of the digital era. This guide bridges the gap between creative practice and scholarly research, empowering musicians to confidently share and protect their work as they expand their performing lives beyond the concert stage as citizen artists. It offers a plain language resource that helps early career musicians see where creative practice and creative research intersect and how to traverse information systems to share their work. As professional musicians and researchers, the authors’ experiences on stage and in academia makes this guide an indispensable tool for musicians aiming to thrive in the digital landscape. 

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In today’s fast-paced digital landscape, musicians find themselves increasingly immersed in research, facing the complexities of publishing, and tackling challenging copyright issues. Unlocking the Digital Age: The Musician’s Guide to Research, Copyright, and Publishing emerges as an invaluable resource, offering clear and accessible guidance tailored for early career musicians. It navigates the integration of creative practice, scholarly research, and information sharing, addressing the unique hurdles of the digital era. 

The guide provides practical, actionable strategies that empower artists to make informed and mission-driven decisions about how to share their work and build sustainable careers. Delving into the intricacies of information systems, it demystifies publishing and copyright processes to enable musicians flourish in both their artistic and professional lives. 

Authored by experienced music librarians and performing artists, the book offers authoritative insights, highlighting the essential convergence of artistic practice and information literacy. In addition, expert panels of professional artists share practical insights on how research, copyright, and publishing choices impact their work. Musicians are equipped to confidently traverse information systems, ensuring their work is effectively disseminated and their creative endeavors are protected. Extensive research and collaborations with publishers guarantee the guide’s alignment with the latest industry standards and best practices. 

Emphasizing copyright law and ethical considerations, the book provides artists with the necessary tools to navigate the complexities of the digital age with assurance and success. By addressing research, publishing, and copyright from a musician’s perspective, the guide fills a vital gap in existing literature, offering clarity and support in a constantly evolving domain.