Diane Sward Rapaport is a publisher, author and book producer.
In March 2017, the fifth revision of The Musician’s Business and Legal Guide, A Presentation of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Committee for the Arts, edited by Mark Halloran, Esq. has been published in March 2017 by Routledge, Taylor and Francis one of the largest global textbook publishers. As with other editions, Diane Rapaport’s company, Jerome Headlands press produced the book, in cooperation with the Beverly Hills Bar Association and Mark Halloran. The book is considered one of the ‘holy trinity’ of music business books, selling more than 250,000 books since 1991. http://amzn.to/2nDYy7A
Since 1991, Jerome Headlands Press has produced books for musicians and artists that were co-published with Pearson Education. Books include two of her own books: How to Make and Sell Your Own Recording and A Music Business Primer. Other books were The Acoustic Musician’s Guide to Sound Reinforcement and Live Recording by Mike Sokol; and four revisions of The Musician’s Business and Legal Guide: A Presentation of the Beverly Hill Bar Association Committee for the Arts.
In May 2016, Jerome Headlands Press, published Adulterer’s Wife, How to Thrive Whether You Stay or Not by C. J. Grace (www.adultererswife.com) The book helps women overcome the ts
unami of fury, loneliness, jealousy and sadness that their husband’s betrayal has swept them into. It tells readers how to use their shock and anger to take back power and gain independence. “The best revenge is to get past the need for it,” writes C. J. Grace.
Diane Rapaport’s third book, Home Sweet Jerome, Death and Rebirth of Arizona’s Richest Copper City, was published in 2014 by Johnson Books, a subsidiary of Big Earth Publishing. This quirky, provocative history is about the people that overcame overwhelming odds to revive this fabled city after it was abandoned in the 1950s. Jerome became Arizona’s most famous ghost town and a notorious and loveable hippie hideout. The book was highly accliamed by readers and critics and sold 3500 companies when Big Earth books went into bankruptcy in September 2017.
Her book, How to Make and Sell Your Own Recording, published in 1979 revolutionized the music industry by providing information about recording and marketing indie (DIY) recordings. Over a period of 20 years, the book had five revisions and sold 250,000 copies. (Out-Of-Print)
She wrote a Music Business Primer in 2001. It is out-of-print.
Highlights of Rapaport’s career include—
- The first woman to work as an artist’s manager in the music industry for Bill Graham’s Fillmore Management (1969-1974).
- Pioneer of music business education for musicians—publishing the first music business magazine (Music Works—A Manual for Musicians) and teaching some of the first music business workshops in the country.
- Producer of the first five annual COYOTE Hooker’s Masquerade Balls in San Francisco, California (1974-1977), arguably the largest (and wildest) charity fundraiser at that time.
- Founder of an advertising and public relations company in Jerome, AZ that specialized in working with companies that remediated contaminated soil and groundwater or designed environmental monitoring equipment. Among her clients Jerome Instrument Corporation (designed and manufactured mercury detection instruments), Tracer Research Corporation (designed and manufactured leak detection equipment for aboveground fuel storage tanks), and The RETEC Group, a national remediation firm (respectively purchased by Arizona Instrument Corporation, Usisco Inc., and Westford-based AECOM Technology Corp. She published over fifty articles on behalf of her clients in such publications as Chemical Engineering and Environmental Management.
- Producer of “Images of Jerome: A Centennial Retrospective: 1899-1999,” an art show which was sponsored by the Jerome Historical Society. Some one hundred art works depicted the culture of the community during three distinct periods: the mining era, ghost town years, and restoration period.
- Teacher of Taoist tai chi and qigong health practices. She edited many books for Taoist Lineage Master Bruce Frantzis, including Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong, Sexual Meditation and Tai Chi: Health for Life.
Rapaport graduated magna cum laude from Connecticut College in New London with a double major in English and History and earned a Masters Degree in Renaissance Literature from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She was an honorary Woodrow Wilson Scholar.