Music Industry Studies

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Music Industry Studies

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Music (BA), Music Technology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This course, while compulsory for Bachelor of Popular Music (BPM) undergraduates, is a popular elective for those students from other disciplines who seek to increase their understanding of the machinations of the music industry.

    There is no set prerequisite to undertake this course.

    Restricted: Approval from Course Convenor

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course will give the student a detailed understanding of the independent approach to the Music Business. Content includes effective techniques of self-management, live performance & touring, releasing recordings and detailed study of the publicity, promotion & marketing of music products & services.

    Course Introduction
    This course will give the student an overview and working knowledge of the Music Business. Students will be involved in developing real world applications of the music business to enhance their understanding of the many sectors of the Music Industry and be better prepared for a career as a professional musician/composer.

    This course is delivered over a single semester through a weekly, two-hour lecture. Students are required to participate in some group exercises designed to develop relevant skills, demonstrate new knowledge and to progressively assimilate information presented in the lectures. The course is largely content based and information will be presented orally and using audiovisual aids including PowerPoint, Video, set readings and handouts.

    Course Aims
    This course will give the student an overview and working knowledge of the Music Business. Students will be involved in developing real world applications of the music business to enhance their understanding of the many sectors of the Music Industry and be better prepared for a career as a professional musician/composer.

    Students should gain a practical, working knowledge of the Music Industry in order to effectively manage, market & promote their product/s and skills in the commercial sector. It is common for creative persons to become 'lost' in the daily business and administration, this course will de-mystify the multi-faceted music industry and give students working tools to turn their creative output into sustainable employment.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1.understand the role and value of the many and varied music industry bodies and networks

    2.identify and develop additional income streams as a working musician/composer

    3.develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of the contemporary music industry and be able to impart that knowledge of the music industry to others

    4.offer a competent, fair and knowledgeable evaluation of current issues affecting the music industry

    5.protect your original musical works from unauthorised use and undertsand the mechanics of copyright royalties and legislation

    6.understand the process of establishing and maintaining a successful small business

    7.promote and distribute your original musical works and merchandise to the general public using any applicable means

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.