Music Business And Production

You will be challenged to investigate some key contemporary cultural issues relating to your professional field, developing a contextual understanding through research, questioning and debate. The rapidly evolving music business is a multi-faceted, technologically driven industry. Effective music industry practitioners must understand how the numerous businesses, organisations and professionals operate, how they work alongside each other and interconnect. Furthermore, due to the rate of change, it is essential to make informed predictions about the future of the industry and evolve operations accordingly. This module is designed to offer you a holistic perspective of the industry, from where you can clearly identify conventions, standard working practices and growth areas. With BA Music Business, you’ll have opportunities to expand your knowledge of the industry across a wide range of subject areas.

Working in groups, you will define key roles and responsibilities and manage the whole event cycle, from sourcing a venue, booking artists, analysing and creating branding for the event, promotion, and ultimately hosting the event for the public. You will have the opportunity to work with audio, film and game art students to help record, film and promote the event. A portfolio of work is created during the planning process, including a brand book, business, marketing plan and contracts. Year 3 provides an opportunity to explore the cutting edge of the music industry as a global business. You will develop your own major degree project, undertake trips to major international centres of the music industry and prepare for your career in professional practice.

Moreover, it provides substantial revenue for the Music Industry, proving to be more robust than the recording sector in the face of changing technology. However, it is not without its own challenges, particularly around the competitiveness of this sector at every level. If you are a songwriter that also wants to develop real-world entrepreneurship skills, then the BA Songwriting & Music Business degree is right for you. What better way to learn the tools of the trade than by getting real life experience under your belt?

As a student you can find internships and a doorway to job opportunities across the city through Wired Sussex, a local membership organisation for companies and individuals working in the digital sector. The university is the lead academic partner of the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton, which helps entrepreneurs and small businesses bring their digital services and products to market. Home to over 1,000 companies in the digital sector, Brighton is well established as one of the UK’s leading centres for creative media technology. Like all universities we are followinggovernment guidance and we are monitoring the pandemic very closely. Should Public Health advise it we have robust plans in place for additional safety measures to be introduced to enable everyone to continue learning on campus, and, as a last resort, for students to continue their learning remotely.

The module will look at critical aspects of the industry including project management, income and royalties, legal, contractual and accounting elements, music formats, label management, software and hardware, music aggregation and streaming. In addition to gaining a 360-degree view of the industry, you will explore styles of music management and a range of interpersonal, emotional and entrepreneurial skills needed to survive and thrive in the dynamic landscape of popular music. The BA Music Business course aims to nurture your creative flair while developing core skills as a music business entrepreneur in this exciting and growing industry. The likes of Jo Whiley, Adam Ryan, Matt Biffa and Ian Neil have given our students professional advice, career tips that you won’t find in any textbook and unmatched wisdom that will help you navigate the music industry.

Below you will find how learning time and assessment types were distributed in the past on this course, through approximate percentages taken from previous cohorts. Changes to the division of learning time and assessment may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions. When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us.

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