Music Business: Records, Publishing and Finance  Short Courses

Course Information

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Tuesday 16 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £480.00 CS2364 Apply Now

Course Content

The Music Business short course is designed to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of a record company, including budgets, royalties, cash-flow streams and international licensing.

All aspects of music publishing are thoroughly covered on the programme. Students are also encouraged to bring in a favoured piece of music to stimulate a group discussion. A successful record producer will be a guest lecturer for one of the sessions giving further practical insight and knowledge into the music industry.

Why choose the Music Business short course?

City's The Music Business: Records, Publishing and Finance short course is the perfect choice for anyone looking to increase their knowledge of the music business in all areas.

Taught over 10 weeks by industry experts, you will develop practical music business skills and expertise.

Tutor Info

David Ambrose has worked for several major music companies including Director of A&R at EMI Records and Managing Director of MCA (now Universal).

While at EMI he looked after Queen, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, DuranDuran and the Pet Shop Boys.

He has personally signed many major artistes including Radiohead, DuranDuran, the Pet Shop Boys and Transvision Vamp, and for publishing, The Sex Pistols, AC/DC, Blondie, Kate Bush, Tom Robinson, Paul Young, Vapours, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Kaja GooGoo and many others.


There are no eligibility requirements to attend the Music Business course, apart from a genuine interest in the music industry.

English Requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

What will I learn?

  • You will map the role of artiste and repertoire within the record and music publishing industries;
  • Identify the key functions and responsibilities of the artiste and repertoire team;
  • Understand the anatomy of a hit song;
  • Prepare budgets for recording sessions;
  • Understand the process of recording;
  • And identify the main characteristics of particular music markets in the UK.

Teaching and Assessment

The tutor issues printed handouts of budgets and other relevant information being discussed. The projector and whiteboard are also used to identify certain royalty rates and other figures being discussed or explained. There is always a guest speaker, to talk about finance or producing. Sometimes there will be a visit to a recording studio, if one is available.

Recommended Reading

While we encourage you to read the books on the reading list for your course, we recommend that you speak to the tutor before investing in the purchase of any essential text.

Music Week, Billboard magazine and other industry periodicals.

Negus, K. (1997) Producing pop, culture and conflict in the popular music industry, Arnold

The IMF handbook 2000, A guide to Professional Band Management

Frascogna JR, X. M. & Hetherington, H.L. (1998) The Business of Artist Management, Billboard Publications

Passman, D.S. (1997) All you need to know about the music business

Harrison, A (2003) Music the business: the essential guide to the law and the deals, Virgin

Goldstein, P. (1998) Copyright Highway

Career Outcome

The Music Business short course can enable students to have the confidence to walk into a record/publishing company and apply for a job, having previously acquired an understanding of what would be required of them.

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