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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. 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. 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. 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. What you'll learn: -- The basic history of the music industry and today's business trends -- How recording agreements are formulated -- The basics of copyright law as it pertains to the music business -- The role of agents, managers, attorneys, and specific business entities

Curso 100 % en línea

Comienza de inmediato y aprende a tu propio ritmo.

Aprox. 11 horas para completar

Sugerido: 4 weeks of study, 3-6 hours/week
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Subtítulos: English

Curso 100 % en línea

Comienza de inmediato y aprende a tu propio ritmo.

Aprox. 11 horas para completar

Sugerido: 4 weeks of study, 3-6 hours/week
Comment Dots


Subtítulos: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


3 hours to complete

The Music Industry

This week, you'll learn about the history of the music industry, dating back to 1900. You'll also learn about recent technological advances have changed the music industry. ...
6 videos (Total 62 min), 10 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
1950 - 200012m
Napster and Beyond9m
Today's Music Industry Structure16m
Week 1 Recap2m
Reading10 readings
Welcome to Music Business Foundations10m
Meet Your Teaching Assistants10m
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Getting to Know You10m
Learner Support10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
Week 1 Learning Targets10m
Rigor Mortis (1977)10m
New Millennium Innovators: iTunes and Spotify10m
The Future of the Music Industry10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
What Are Your Goals?8m
Week 1 Quiz20m


3 hours to complete

Recording Agreements

This week, you'll learn the ins and outs of recording agreements and why they are important. You'll learn what royalties and advances are and how they are calculated. You'll also learn about 360 degree or "all-in" deals....
14 videos (Total 118 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video14 videos
The Importance of Recording Agreements17m
Contract Provisions17m
Third Party Licensing7m
Breakage Deductions6m
Free Goods2m
Streaming Services10m
Advances and Recording Budgets10m
360 Deals or "All-In" Deals9m
Neil Jacobson on 360 Degree Deals12m
Richard Blackstone on 360 Degree Deals1m
Week 2 Recap2m
Reading5 readings
Exclusive Recording Contract10m
Royalties: Controversy10m
Music and How the Money Flows10m
Weighing the Options10m
360 Deals: An Industry Reaction to the Devaluation of Recorded Music10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 2 Quiz20m


2 hours to complete

Copyright Basics

This week will focus on copyright law. You'll learn about the history of copyright. You'll learn about the various types of rights and when copyright infringement occurs. You'll also learn how to register your creative works with the United States Copyright Office. ...
9 videos (Total 71 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
The Importance of Copyright3m
History of Copyright14m
Forms PA and SR8m
Bundle of Rights18m
Bundle of Rights That Relate to the Sound Recording8m
Copyright Infringement8m
Fair Use4m
Week 3 Recap2m
Reading3 readings
Download Forms PA and SR10m
Examples of Derivative Work10m
Infringement Court Cases10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 3 Quiz20m


2 hours to complete

Managers, Agents, and Attorneys

This week outlines the various roles in the Music Business Team - Managers, Agents, and Attorneys. You'll also learn how to negotiate a contract for each of these roles. ...
13 videos (Total 86 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video13 videos
The Role of the Personal Manager12m
Traits of the Successful Personal Manager7m
Personal Manager Commissions8m
Contract Term1m
Fiduciary Responsibilities3m
The IT Factor5m
The Importance of a Fan-Engaging Show11m
Business and Road Managers6m
Booking Agents4m
Regulations of Managers and Agents13m
Entertainment Attorneys9m
Week 4 Recap1m
Reading2 readings
Thank You and Good Luck10m
Music Business Foundations Course Evaluation10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 4 Quiz22m
Direction Signs


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Top Reviews

By BDOct 23rd 2017

This course was very useful and important to me, I plan on venturing in the music world very soon and knowing/ equipping myself with all of these will come in pretty handy for me. Thank you immensely.

By ZZJan 2nd 2016

It's been a very useful program for a beginner in the industry like me. It gives you a framework of how the system is synchronized in the US and how it might be applied in all other countries.



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About Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online....

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