Music and Music Business

HNC Music Business (HND Year 1)


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This course is delivered online.

The music industry is known to be highly competitive and difficult to break into, even for those who want to work on the business side. Music business courses at New College Lanarkshire can provide you with the professional and practical skills and knowledge that will give you a leading advantage in this competitive and thriving industry.

Being the equivalent of a 1st year undergraduate degree, this course will provide you with an extensive practical and theoretical introduction to the evolving and fast-paced music industry within Scotland and further afield. Under the guidance of industry professionals you will engage in a series of projects and activities focused on working in the music industry including setting up and managing a record label, organising music events and promoting and marketing music products. Unique opportunities include participating in our annual Question Session where you’ll be working with professionals from across the world in a one-day Music Business conference and event held in Glasgow. Other opportunities include bespoke lectures and Q&A sessions with invited figures from the music industry.

Live student projects include Question Session. Find out more here

Course Information

1 Higher pass (or equivalent qualifications including NQ units)

Relevant experience may also be considered. You will also be required to undertake an interview.

This HNC course will give you the opportunity to learn the essential practical and theoretical skills necessary to work within the music industry. Choosing to study with us will offer an enriching experience in both the academic and technical pursuits of music business. From promotions and events to marketing and entrepreneurship, this music business course will offer you a diverse range of subjects from which to study.

In addition to the above you will also focus on business administration and management to provide you with a complete overview of the industry and its vigorous demands. Units within the music business courses cover numerous business roles, including (but not limited to):

• Promotions
• Tour management
• Entertainment marketing
• Artist management
• Digital marketing and e-business

The individual classes will not only deepen your understanding in accounting and administration but you’ll also learn essential computer and social media skills where you will sharpen your organisational talents whilst also learning how to work well under pressure and adapt to changing situations.

During the course you will develop an understanding of the professional skills, work habits, and attitudes expected by the industry. This will include client interaction, working in teams, delivering high quality work to tight deadlines and decision making. You’ll also be encouraged to work with students from other disciplines including Music, Sound Production and Film & TV collaborating on projects that will introduce you to working in real-life situations.

Individual units include:

  • Music Industry Marketing
  • Promotions
  • Management and Law
  • Artist Management and Development
  • Events management and organisation

HND Music Business.

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