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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MCS1004 Module Title: MUSIC INDUSTRY 1
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU1.MUSICIND
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: SANSOM M Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Spring Semester

Assessment Pattern

Coursework 50%: An essay of around 2500 words
Examination 50%: A 2-hour written paper, covering all aspects of the module content

Module Overview
This is the first of a two-part strand enabling students to plan a career in the music industry. This strand covers the basics of being a freelance musician, including an overview of the industry and the people in it, a basic understanding of contracts and IP and communications skills.


Module Aims

• To provide an overview of the music industry and those who work in it
• To describe the methods by which musicians can access the decision makers
• To give an overview of contract law and intellectual property with regard to compositions and recordings
• To provide the basic personal skills required to work within the music industry

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:
• Describe how the music industry works, including roles and responsibilities
• Explain intellectual property and copyright in relation to music
• Give an overview of a production deal within recording and digital distribution
• Write an effective biography and press release

Module Content

The module is taught through a series of lectures and case-studies exploring realistic examples of the knowledge and decisions that students have to make in their careers. Because this is a rapidly changing area, the methods and material may change from year to year to reflect changes in practice, new legislation and routes to market.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

10 One-hour lectures/workshops
The lectures and workshops will be delivered by one or more external specialists

Selected Texts/Journals


Harrison, A. (2005) Music: The Business London, Virgin Books 
Passman, D. (2002) All You Need to Know About the Music Business Harmondsworth, Penguin


(2003) Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Vol. 1 Media, Industry & Society London , Continuum.
Barfe, L. (2004) Where Have All The Good Times Gone: The Rise And Fall Of The Record Industry London, Atlantic
Bowdin, G. et al (2007) Events Management London , Butterworth-Heinemann
Dann, A. and Underwood, J. (revisions by Batterbee, A) (2008), How to Succeed in the Music Business London , Omnibus Press
Davis, S. and Laing, D. (2004) The Guerilla Guide to the Music Bussiness London , Continuum
Dodgson, L. (ed) (2007) The Unsigned Guide Manchester , mcr:music ltd
Duncan, B (2002) The Live Sound Manual London , Backbeat Books
Fisher, J (2005) Cash Tracks: Compose, Produce, and Sell Your Original Soundtrack Music and Jingles Course Technology Inc
Frasconga, X. and Lee Hetherington, H. (2005) This Business of Artist Management New York , Billboard Books 
Frith, S. (ed.) (2005) Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock Cambridge , CUP
Frith, S. and Goodwin, A (eds) (1990) On Record: Rock, Pop and the Written Word London , Routlege
Gordon, S. (2005) The Future of the Music Business: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution London , Backbeat Books
Music Managers Forum. (2003) The Music Management Bible London , Sanctuary
Negus, K. (1999) Music Genres and Corporate Cultures London , Routeledge
Negus, K. (1992) Producing Pop – culture and conflict in the popular music industry London , Hodder Headline
Williams, P (2008) Music Week Directory London , CMP


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