Introduction to the Music Business

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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 n...

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.

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2/10 starsCompleted
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2 years, 1 month ago
This course is the same course given on coursera but with very little additional modules added and a different name, so I'm going to take a page out of Berkelee's own book and copy paste the review I gave it there on to here. As someone who's been working in the music business industry for over 7 years I find the quality of courses coming out of Berkelee shockingly bad. This course is no exception. Content outdated and irrelevant, almost entirely based on personal anecdotes from the professor and nothing of value to a modern day musician. Naturally, I do not recommend!
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Becky Wells

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 5 months ago
Possibly the best course I've ever done, including all my college qualifications! So well laid out, short snappy videos that break everything down so it's so easy to study along with, much more involving than having to read reams of copy. John is brilliant at presenting. No waffle, good solid points and easily presented. This really inspired me. Already looking for new courses to pursue my passions. Thanks John!
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Daria Denysenko

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 8 months ago
Excellent course. I would recommend anyone who is interested in music to take it. I've taken a few music courses, but this one was the best!
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9/10 starsTaking Now
3 years ago
Its a great opportunity to get new knowledge in music industry. I hope this course gets offered again please. Thank you Alex
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Robert Ríos González

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
Hello, enroll me in the course more or less in the 4th week, I finished today , I would like to know how to get certified , or if I no longer have that option. Thanks for the info.
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Betuel Harvey

8/10 starsDropped
3 years, 5 months ago
I think it is a pretty cool course but I was not able to finish assignements. I hope this course gets offered again. Thank you
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8/10 starsDropped
3 years, 10 months ago
The videos are paced well, informative, and easy to understand. I feel like I came away with a better understanding of how the music biz has operated over time and now as well. My main issue is with the way this course was set up in the edX system. Other courses are setup so that if you are auditing a course, you can still complete quizzes and exam material after the arbitrary due date (well, it's arbitrary if you're auditing, anyway). However, I've noticed that Berklee's courses are set up with firm deadlines even if you are auditing. I think classes like these that are mostly comprehension and don't require a lot of homework or study should be set to allow all the quizzes to be taken anytime up until the final course ending date. I'm disappointed in the way Berklee set their courses up and it sours me a bit on the brand.
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Toan Nguyen Phi

9/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 11 months ago
I hope you will provide a lot of courses more a bout music industry, I really really really love this industry, my passion is music, and I wanna work in this industry. Thank you !
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 2 months ago
Introduction to The Music Business is an excellent course especially for artists who want to have a general understanding of recording contracts, for example, the 360 degree deal, live performance contracts and the various personnel involved, and the copyright bundle concept. Additionally, this course and Mr. Kellogg's textbook is a good reference for the impact of the digital age on music.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 5 months ago
This is one of the most amazing cources I've ever had! Everyone who is about too work in music industry should have it. It really has lots of cruitial information and worth every spent minute!
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8/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 11 months ago
Presents a good overview of the recording music business. Good for artists to take. Information is presented clearly and seems up to date. Good advice is given on how to survive in the industry.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 1 month ago
I'd like to thank Edx company for great opportunity to take this amazing course "Introduction to the music business". And of course, I'm very grateful to Mr. Kellogg personally. Lectures are very informative, of current interest. I got to know much new useful information connected with the world of music business. I hope this is one of my steps to the career of my dream. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!! I believe I'll be able to continue my learning with  Berklee further.   And I'm sure I'll take more courses  with edX exactly!
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
Great course, it covers a lot of the basics everyone needs to know! Although it mainly focus on the american perspective
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1/10 starsDropped
4 years, 6 months ago
I have not taken this course, but completely refute the course's premises. Technology has reduced music to a commodity -a step away from trash-, to the degree that many people in the business are having trouble sustaining their earnings, and those entering it face a lifetime in all but poverty. Moreover, a once robust, open, social (participatory) music and dance tradition is being systematically strangled, replaced by synthetic, streamed, narcissitic drivel. Technology -above all a slew of digital learning programs- is reducing musicianship to little more than mathematical and mechanical rote replay, at profound cost to a cultural diversity derived from learning *from each other*. With many great traditional players approaching old age and public disinterest in all but a absurdly well known names, the music industry is effectively destroying our heritage. Musicianship's one hope lies with a youth excluded from the privileges the mus... I have not taken this course, but completely refute the course's premises. Technology has reduced music to a commodity -a step away from trash-, to the degree that many people in the business are having trouble sustaining their earnings, and those entering it face a lifetime in all but poverty. Moreover, a once robust, open, social (participatory) music and dance tradition is being systematically strangled, replaced by synthetic, streamed, narcissitic drivel. Technology -above all a slew of digital learning programs- is reducing musicianship to little more than mathematical and mechanical rote replay, at profound cost to a cultural diversity derived from learning *from each other*. With many great traditional players approaching old age and public disinterest in all but a absurdly well known names, the music industry is effectively destroying our heritage. Musicianship's one hope lies with a youth excluded from the privileges the music industry's suits have siloed off for themselves. Here, there is a noticable return to *values*, amongst which are the joy of participatory music and dance at grass root or street level.
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