Introduction to the Music Business
Three things are clear about today’s music industry: The consumption of music is expanding at the greatest rate in history and from the most portals ever imagined, the cost of producing music is decreasing, and the number of artists creating and seeking to expose their work and develop careers through the Internet has increased dramatically. As demand grows and Internet piracy wanes, ad-supported and subscription models will generate unprecedented revenues that will surpass even the best of past earnings. And, many astute “music industry-watchers” predict a steep rise in business activity and trade earnings by the end of the decade.
Whether you’re a music creator, consumer, or facilitator of this process, you’ll want to understand the history, underpinnings, and basics of the music business. This course has been developed to provide students with the latest instruction on the best way for creators, consumers, and facilitators to navigate the resurgence of one of the world’s most exciting industries: the music business. Course author John Kellogg—administrator, educator, entertainment lawyer, performer, and radio and television personality—offers students the opportunity to learn the fundamental principles of the developing new music business, for now and into the future.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
- Overview of the Music Industry
- Recording Agreements
- Copyright Basics
- Managers, Agents, and Attorneys
- Band and Brand Organization and Protection
- The Live Performance Market
Course delivery details
This course is offered through Berklee College of Music, a partner institute of EdX.
2-4 hours per week
- Verified Track -$49
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- The history of the recording industry
- Today's music business structure
- How to read and understand recording contactracts
- How toprotect artisitic work with copyright
- The various roles in the industry, including managers, agents, and attorneys
- How to build a musical brand
- How to plan and organize live performances
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