Module Overview

Music Business Studies

This module will give students the knowledge to plan their career paths and communicate with industry practitioners in an informed way.  It will provide students with an understanding of the various agreements they might be expected to enter into during the course of a career in music.  Musicians will develop an understanding of the structure of the industry and will be able to interpret key terms used in management, recording, publishing and the live sectors.

Musicians will be shown the impact that various agreements can have on their careers and develop an understanding that will enable them to make informed decisions and communicate with professional advisors in an effective and informed manner. 

Module Code

MUSG 4006

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Music industry resources


Management contracts


Recording agreements


Publishing contracts


Live music agreements


Online distribution


Artist development and marketing plans


Business case study


Teaching will be via lectures, Q&A, audio and video material, Internet resources, discussions and debates, small group exercises, VLE, and independent study. 

Teaching material will include examples from real world contemporary legal agreements, important music industry media sources and leading texts on the subject.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination50
Other Assessment(s)50