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How to get ahead in the music business

Guardian Masterclasses

Sunday, January 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

How to get ahead in the music business

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What you need to know to get started in the music industry

Music is big business – worth £3.8billion a year in the UK alone. Whether you're an aspiring artist, fancy your chances as a live promoter, or an artist manager or think you might want to run your own record label or publishing company , you need to know how it works if you want to get involved.

This one-day seminar gives you the inside track on who does what, how they earn their money, and how to get a head start on working in the business.

Presented by Ann Harrison, author of the definitive UK music industry guide Music, The Business, and former major label senior executive Ian Ramage, this course will look at how the industry is constantly evolving, how downloads have helped to redefine the industry's business model, and tells you the basics of what you need to know to get started in the business of managing, recording, music publishing or touring and how to get paid.

Course description

This course provides an overview of the legal, financial and practical sides of the music industry, including the roles and responsibilities of record labels, artists, live promoters, managers and lawyers. It also looks in brief at the current state of the industry and the opportunities within it. Topics covered include:

  • Snapshot of the UK music business at the start of 2014
  • Current Industry trends – typical business models and income streams
  • What are the basic rights and who owns them, including copyright and performer's rights
  • The basics of music publishing
  • Ways of releasing recorded music and who you need to involve in the process
  • Making money from live shows, festivals and touring, including merchandising and sponsorship
  • What they do: agents, promoters, tour managers, A&Rs and lawyers

This course is for you if…

You have an interest in working within the music industry in any capacity, from artist to manager, or would just like to know more about how the music business works.

Tutor profiles

Ann Harrison is the author of Music, The Business, the definitive UK book on the subject, and continues to provide advice through her own business affairs consultancy, Harrisons Entertainment Law Limited.

Ian Ramage has held senior creative posts in major music corporations for over twenty years and continues to manage and consult while lecturing about the music business.


Date: Sunday 19 January 2014
Times: 10am-5pm
Location: The Guardian, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 9GU
Price: £220 (includes VAT, booking fee and refreshments)
Event capacity: 15

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Tickets may be refunded if you contact us at least 7 days before the course start date. Please see our terms and conditions for more information on our refund policy.

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When & Where

The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Sunday, January 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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