Music and Music Business

Music Industry Careers


Available at Coatbridge


Music is about the power of connection - connecting with an artist, a song, an album, an audience. Music has a unique power to engage us in a way that nothing else can. This full-time course introduces the various careers within this exciting and evolving industry, and the skills expected by record labels, artist managers and music events companies making possible new, extraordinarily engaging and immersive opportunities for artists and their fans.

Today’s music market is the most competitive in memory. Fans are enjoying more music than ever and in so many different and new ways. Today, there are no barriers to entry; anyone can record a song and post it for the world to enjoy. That’s an enormous opportunity. However, with some 60,000 songs uploaded every single day to one leading platform alone, learn the key skills and abilities to cut through and get an artist noticed.


Course Information

One of the following:

Three National 4 awards (or equivalent)
Successful completion of a relevant access course or an appropriate group of National Qualification units
Applicants who do not meet the above, but have relevant experience or alternative qualifications, will also be considered
You should have a basic understanding of English and ICT

All applicants will be required to undertake an interview 

This course will combine knowledge with practical experience taught by our practising industry experts where you’ll learn in class as well as receiving real event experience at events throughout the year to help you pursue a career in the vibrant and dynamic world of the Music Industry. You'll enjoy location visits to venues, creating your own events and pitching to real life clients showcasing your entrepreneurial skills.


Developing the skills to help an artist realise their creative and commercial ambitions is key to a successful career. This is a true partnership – a shared initiative of complementary visions and expertise; a collaboration of powerful synergies that, if done right, moves fans and even change culture.


Record companies today are highly engaged with the opportunities that new technologies and the ever expanding, and increasingly immersive, online environment provide artists to express their creativity and make more connections with fans. Here you’ll learn and continually develop skills to keep up with current trends.


Global-local: that’s the way record companies operate today. With local teams and expertise located around the globe, labels build from the grassroots upwards – learn how to invest in local artists and genres and supporting their development across their markets and beyond.


A receptive and engaged audience is essential to an artist’s success. Learn how the audience is inextricably linked to the diversity and depth of the music being created and the quality of the places where it is performed.


Other elements you’ll study are: -

  • Artists and musician development
  • How to recognise / be part of a thriving music scene
  • How to book and gain access to the right spaces and places
  • Record labels and other music-related businesses
  • Music History and identity
  • Recognition of music as an economic driver


Following successful completion of this course, you could progress on to:

  • HNC Music
  • HNC Sound Production
  • HNC Music Business

Classes Available



  • Days
  • 3 days pw
  • Start Date
  • 22 Aug 2022