Survey of the Music Business
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
Department: Technology/Business
Course Number: JTEB 4426
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course provides an overview of the business of music. Students become acquainted with how the music business affects the professional musician, music educator, and businessperson. Practical information covers areas such as copyright laws, performing rights, mechanical rights, agents, management, unions and benefits, the non-for-profit sector, creating work for yourself, and the success mindset, as well as problems faced by professional musicians including procrastination, lack of motivation, poor career development, and lack of work. Emphasis is on the use of the internet and other contemporary technologies to further the musician’s career. Students learn necessary skills in order to become successful professional musicians and develop the knowledge to build a career in the music industry that includes variety, longevity, and levels of success.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Open to Lang/Jazz BA/BFA students.

Open to School of Jazz & Contemp Music students.


Open to Undergraduate students.