The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music

Survey of the Music Business

This course provides an overview of the business of music.  The student will become acquainted with how the business affects the professional musician, music educator and businessperson. Practical information is covered involving areas such as: copyright laws, performing rights, mechanical rights, agents, management, unions and benefits, the non-for-profit sector, how to create work for yourself, success mindset, problems faced by professional musicians including procrastination, lack of motivation, poor career development and lack of work.  Emphasis will be placed on the use of the internet and other contemporary technologies to further the musician’s career.  The goal of this course is to impart the necessary skills in order to become successful professional musicians and to develop the knowledge of how to build a career in the music industry that includes variety, longevity and levels of success. 2 credits
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