Music in the Creative Industries - CMAT3050

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Richard Lightman checkmark-circle


The module explores the current creative industries, particularly focusing on music industry characteristics and structures, music organisations and relevant arts groups. Students will be guided to appreciate a broad range of career opportunities in these areas and they will develop an understanding of the skills and specialisms required for specific areas. This will provide a clear context for their further studies on their chosen degree programme. Students will also develop their critical awareness by examining recent historical trends in music and the creative industries.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 22
Private Study Hours: 128
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Career Map (500 words) – 40%
Essay (1,500 words) – 60%

Reassessment methods


Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Ashurst, W. (2000). Stuff the Music Business: The DIY Guide to Making it. London: Sanctuary.
Baker, B. (2013). Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook: 201 Self-promotion Ideas for Songwriters, Musicians and Bands on a Budget. St. Louis, MO: Spotlight Publications.
Davis, S. and Laing, D. (2006). The Guerrilla Guide to the Music Business. New York: Continuum.
Knopper, S. (2009). Appetite for Self-destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age. London: Simon & Schuster.
Krasilovsky, M. W., Shemel, S. and Gross, J. M. (2003). This Business of Music: The Definitive Guide to the Music Industry. New York: Billboard Books.
Passman, D. S. (2011). All You Need to Know About the Music Business. London: Penguin.
Patrik Wikström. (2013). The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud (DMS - Digital Media and Society). Cambridge: Polity Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate familiarity with the varied and changing nature of music and arts organisations in contemporary society;
2 Demonstrate knowledge of various business structures and funding models for music related businesses and projects;
3 Demonstrate an understanding of the connection between music industry practices and the business environment;
4 Demonstrate an understanding of music career pathways, including performance, production, technology, and music enterprise.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Use data effectively by analysing, interpreting and presenting relevant information;
2 Utilise appropriate technology for information gathering and research;
3 Demonstrate entrepreneurship, employment skills and an awareness of transferable skills.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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