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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LISS1038 Essentials of the Music Business

10 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Silviu Cobeanu

Taught: 1 Jul to 31 Aug View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

GPA of 2.8 (US) or equivalent and enrolled at a university

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The music business today represents innovation, creativity, opportunities and connectivity. It is a global business that facilitates interpersonal, intercultural, and international interaction. This module provides an introduction to the music business environment. You will explore key concepts used in categorising and analysing music business sectors, industries and organisational typologies. You will be presented with a selection of relevant case studies and take part in class debates and discussions. This module includes a field trip to a music or entertainment venue. Topics include:• The role of record labels in today’s music business• Digital services providers (DSPs)• The music publishing business• Live music business organisations


Upon a successful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the core specific concepts central to the music business and understand various contemporary challenges that the music business is facing.
This course aims to give students a foundation in music business and help develop an understanding of the main industries of the music business environment.

Learning outcomes
1. demonstrate an understanding of music business terminology, concepts and organisations;
2. review current developments and trends in the music business;
3. engage critically with the case studies and examples discussed in sessions.


The students will be introduced to traditional and new business models in the music industry. The module looks in detail at various organisations such as live music companies, record labels, streaming services and music publishers.
Students will have a chance to participate in various class activities in order to familiarise themselves with practicalities of the music business working environment.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours15.00
Private study hours43.00
Total Contact hours42.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

It is advised that students spend 15 hours on pre-course preparatory work for forthcoming seminars, revising and consolidating the covered material.
The remaining 43 independent learning hours will be spent on the preparation for the two assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be monitored continuously through regular attendance at seminar sessions.
During the seminars students will receive feedback and their progress will be monitored by themselves and tutor on an ongoing basis, e.g. class discussion during seminars focused on case studies.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectGroup presentation (c. 15 minutes).40.00
PresentationIndividual Presentation (c. 7-8 minutes).60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:24:23


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