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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MCS2006 Module Title: MUSIC INDUSTRY 2
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU2.MUSICIND
Level: HE2 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 second of a two-part strand enabling students to plan a career in the music industry. This strand covers contract law, payments, issues regarding live performance, entrepreneurship and ethical issues.
A pass in Level HE1 Music Industry 1
Module Aims

• To deliver a strong understanding of the nature of contracts in relation to management agreements, publishing and recording
• To explore contractual and planning issues regarding live performance
• To give strategies in running your career, including project management and events planning

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

• Explain the nature of contracts for a variety of performing, management and recording scenarios
• Define the different components of planning for and delivering live performances
• Discuss a number of ethical and sociological issues that relate to the music industry
• Understand and employ issues of entrepreneurship

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

Essential reading:




Harrison , A.  (2008) Music: The Business London , Virgin Books

Passman, D. (2002) All You Need to Know About the Music Business Harmondsworth, Penguin




Recommended reading:




(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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