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Marty Khan

Marty Khan

Marty Khan is co-founder and Director of Outward Visions, Inc., a not-for-profit arts service organization founded in 1976. A 40+ year veteran manager, strategic planner, non-profit expert, producer, lecturer, author and activist, he has worked extensively with many of the most respected artists in Jazz, Dance and World Music. Author of Straight Ahead – A Comprehensive Guide to the Business of Jazz (Without Sacrificing Dignity or Artistic Integrity) and the accompanying Teacher’s Guide with Suggested Assignments, his concepts are original, forward-thinking, pragmatic and viable


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Through the Membrane

Straight Ahead

Teacher’s Guide of Straight Ahead

“Straight Ahead” is a musician’s lifesaver, a vehicle to aid safe passage through the shark-infested waters of the music business. Khan covers everything in detail, carefully illuminating each aspect of the process: the artist’s team (manager, agent, attorney, publicist, etc.); the business (the labels, the executives, the staff); performance (clubs, concerts, bookers, etc.); contracts; publishing; funding; strategies.

The list goes on. This compendium should be on the bookshelf of every musician (and not just jazz musicians), a guide that will fascinate anyone who retains the belief that all it takes to get to Carnegie Hall is practice, practice, practice.

Reprinted with permission of Don Heckman

“Drawn from an unstoppable imagination and a lifetime of insider jazz lore, the plots and characters in Through the Membrane unfold with the eeriness of a Twilight Zone episode, the turns of a Chandler crime mystery and a confrontation with evil characteristic of Martin Scorsese’s best films. Reading Marty Khan’s three spirit-rich and ancestor-wise sci-fi novellas is like watching drop-jaw cinema with an unforgettable soundtrack.”

Kirpal Gordon, author, New York at Twilight

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