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.
Topics of study
The history of the recording industry
Today's music business structure
How to read and understand recording contracts
How to protect artistic 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
Berklee College of Music Business Course | Pearson Pathways
Berklee Online is the online extension school of Berklee College of Music, delivering access to Berklee’s acclaimed curriculum from anywhere in the world. Berklee Online's award-winning online courses, multi-course certificate programs, and Bachelor of Professional Studies degrees are accredited and taught by the college's world-renowned faculty, providing lifelong learning opportunities to people interested in music and working in the music industry.