Full Title:The Music Industry for Producers PR 2014
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MUSC M8078
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to develop the student's understanding of the Producer's role in the music creation and release process and in the music industry more generally.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between artists, labels and all relevant stakeholders and how this relationship is affected by current and emerging technologies.
  2. Demonstrate flexibility in approach and application of best practitioner’s means.
  3. Work as part of a team to competently plan and manage a Music Production project from inception to market.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to comprehend and apply the points scale.
  5. Identify, explain and critically analyze the types of agreements conventionally entered into between producers and artists / producers and labels in a variety of industry contexts.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Music Industry overview
History of, mistakes made, current challenges, current and future trends. Local and international case studies.
The Music Business Processes
Theory of running and establishing a successful music business.
Technical aspects and responsibilities of the Producer
Industry perspectives: structure, composition and interaction of various elements in the music business.
Negotiation Skills and Techniques.
A more generalized approach to entrepreneurial skills. The Points system in detail.
Marketing/publicity/promotion/artist development.
Understanding money flow
Music sales, publishing, live performances, licensing and merchandising.
Impact of new technologies on the music industry
Historical overview of the way in which technological developments have impacted on music industry.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Presentation Presentation in pairs on an individual or small business active in the music industry. 1,2,4 20.00 0 0 Week 6 0
Group Project Production of a podcast on contemporary developments in a specified area of the music industry. 1,2 30.00 0 0 Week 10 0
Written Report Prepare a release plan for an album on a 'boutique' or newly established independent label. Includes detailing the type of agreement producer would enter into with artists in these circumstances. 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 Week 13 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Content delivery. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Donald S. Passman 2012, All You Need To Know About the Music Business, 8th Ed., Free Press [ISBN: 1451682468]
  • O'Reilly, D; Larsen, G; Kubacki, K 2013, Music, Markets and Consumption, 1st Ed., Goodfellow [ISBN: 1908999527]
  • Allen, P 2011, Artist Management for the Music Business, 2nd Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 0240815017]
  • Baskerville, D / Baskerville, T 2010, Music Business Handbook and Career Guide, 9th Ed., Sage Publications [ISBN: 1412976790]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_MMPAR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in the Production of Music and Audio 4 Mandatory