SSR - Music Business & Creative Industries - Music Business & Creative Industries

Music Business & Creative Industries

Whether you just love music, love going to see bands live, or are interested in how the industry works and are looking for a change in career; wherever your music industry passion is right now, let us open your eyes to the great opportunities in the music business with this 6 month course, taught by experts within the industry.

Music Business is one of the most important areas of the music industry; it’s the profession that monetises the entire creative process! From the A&R department (Artist and Repertoire) sourcing brand new talent, to the artist’s journey to market via record labels and promotional campaigns.

Throughout this course, you will understand how this exciting industry functions by exploring the principles of applying promotion and marketing to the artist, looking into the operations of record labels, and tour management, royalties, income streams and synchronisation to film and TV.

If you’re interested in the business of creativity, or in a band yourself, a DJ, artist, sound engineer or an electronic producer or promoter and wish to understand and apply the business principles to your own creative work, this course is for you.
Course Content
The course is split into two weekly evening lessons over 6 months and will incorporate the following topics:

Principles of artist and tour management
A&R process (Artist and Repertoire)
Marketing and promotion
Touring and logistics
Event management
Social Media Networks
Understanding basic contracts
Royalties and income streams
Work based Learning and professional practice (CV writing, applying for placements, networking)

Each week you will have workshop sessions with opportunities for 1-1 time with your tutor. There will also be regular ‘check-in’ sessions to review your professional progress and to offer guidance and support. You’ll be able to submit tasks throughout the course to be able to check your progress and you’ll have the opportunity to present your work and ideas to the whole class for group feedback.

There will be one final Project at the end of the course – the nature of the project will depend on each individual student and will be negotiated in advance with the tutor.
Key Information
Associated costs

We will not charge you any additional fees or ask you to pay any additional costs that are mandatory for the completion of your course. In addition to the course fees, there are some further costs which you may incur as a student on this course. These costs are optional and are not mandatory to your studies. These might involve buying for example:
• A USB/flash/pen drives to transfer work (buying in bulk will save money and an 4GB might be as little as £2-£3)
• You may decide to distribute your music through an online digital aggregator such as DITTO (other companies are available) which can cost as little as £8 for a single release to £24 for an album.

Contact details 

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Dan Buxton -
Tel: +44 (0)161 276 2100

Qualification – SSR Industry Diploma
Duration – 6 Months
Mode of Study – Part Time
Time of Study – Evening
Available atManchester

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Hours of Study – 6 hours per week for 24 weeks. Tuesday & Thursday 7pm -10pm.
Start Date – 4th September 2018
Entry Requirements – While no formal academic qualifications are required, the course level is aimed at first year undergraduate/higher diploma level and therefore a qualification at BTEC ND Level 3 OR equivalent level experience would be appropriate. The course does not require experience in music performance but does require a competency in IT user skills, and competency in communication skills at around Level 3.

Please come and chat to us if you are unsure about entry requirements.
Tuition Fees – Single payment - £1890 | Instalments - £2100 (x6 monthly payments of £350)
Funding – We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, registration number 2486.

A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
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Course Information

Subject Area
Music Business
Course Modules –