Career opportunities in what is broadly known as the ‘music industry’ are diverse. Recent studies by the Australia Council have emphasised the range of roles that single music practitioner may undertake – often simultaneously – during their career. These can range from live performance to teaching, composition and both artist support and management. This course provides a broad overview of the practical and legal considerations in the business of music. It aims to develop selected basic skills and competencies in business writing, financial statement presentation, strategic management and marketing, applied to a range of practical situations. Many of the sessions will be delivered by practitioners in the fields of arts and festival management, the freelance music business, and intellectual property.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, student will have the knowledge and skills to:1. Understand practical and theoretical issues in the business of music.
2. Independently critique these theoretical perspectives, and apply practical knowledge, to a number of specific musical case studies,
3. Compile a portfolio of music business and arts management documents.
4. Prepare basic financial statements for use in music businesses - profit and loss, balance sheet, budget, cashflow statement, budget.
5. Communicate effectively and succinctly through oral presentation, developed and prepared through teamwork.
6. Listen to presentations on matters related to music business and provide feedback in real-time.
Indicative AssessmentGroup Tutorial Presentation (30%), [Learning Outcomes 1,2,4,5]
Tutorial and Presentation Reflections (2000 words in total) (20%), [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4]
Tutorial Participation and Presentation Feedback (10%), [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5, 6]
Business portfolio (2000 words - compiled of several documents such as CV, promotional materials, business case, financial statements) (40%), [Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4]
NOTE: Attendance at a minimum of ten seminars is a hurdle requirement for passing this course.
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A mixture of lectures, tutorials and workshops equivalent to three hours per week, plus seven hours of independent study per week (total 130 hours).
Prescribed TextsA reading brick will be available to all students enrolled in this course at the start of the teaching semester.
Australia Council for the Arts. What’s your other job? A census analysis of arts employment in Australia (Sydney: Australia Council, 2010).
Dwyer, Judith. The Business Communication Handbook 6th ed. (Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education Australia, 2003).
Frith, Simon. ‘The popular music industry’ in Simon Frith, Will Straw and John Street (Eds) The Cambridge Companion to Rock and Pop (Cambridge: CUP, 2001), 26–52.
Jackson, Brian M. The Music Producer’s Survival Guide: Chaos, Creativity and Career in Independent and
Electronic Music. (Boston: Cengage Learning, 2014)
Messenger, Naomi et al. Business structures and governance: a practical guide for the arts (Woolloomooloo: Arts Law Centre of Australia, c2008)
Simpson, Shane. Music Business. A Musician’s Guide to the Australian Music Industry. 4th ed. (Sydney: Omnibus Press, 2012).
Rimmer, Matthew. ‘An elegy for Greg Ham: Copyright law, the kookaburra case, and remix culture’ Deakin Law Review 17, 2012: 385–423.
Tregear. Peter. Enlightenment or entitlement? Rethinking Tertiary Music Education (Sydney: Currency, 2014).
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3676||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||In Person||N/A|