Employment in the Music Industry - CMAT6070

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Richard Lightman checkmark-circle


The Music Industry contributes over £4.1 billion (ONS) to the U.K economy and supports over 120,000 full time employees, many of them freelance. The opportunities that are available are explored and career pathways are analysed in relation to prospects for long term employment. Partnerships, company start up, taxation, accountancy, VAT, bookkeeping, National Insurance, pensions, time management, cash flow management, investment and hourly charge out rates are all discussed with the view to giving the student a firm grounding in employment or self-employment for the future.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 22
Independent study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Professional Career Portfolio (3000 words) 100%

Reassessment methods
Professional Career Portfolio (3000 words) 100%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Ashurst, W. (2000). Stuff the music business: the DIY guide to making it. London: Sanctuary.
Brabec, J. and Brabec, T. (2011). Music, money, and success: the insider's guide to making money in the music business. New York: Schirmer Trade Books.
Dann, A. and Underwood, J. (2003). How to succeed in the music business. London: Omnibus.
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.
Lessig, L. (2009). Remix: making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy. New York: Penguin Books.
Passman, D. S. (2011). All you need to know about the music business. London: Penguin.
Rudsenske, J. S. and Denk, J. P. (2005). Start an independent record label. New York: Schirmer Trade Books.

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. Exhibit an in-depth understanding of procedures and administration attached to a freelance career in the Music Industry.
2. Evaluate the viability and longevity of career pathways within the Music Industry.
3. Engage in self-reflective critical evaluation of career choices.
4. Create a career plan and presentation portfolio for prospective employers.
5. Demonstrate an awareness of the income streams available to the individual within the Music Industry.

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

1. Analyse data and formulate and express relevant arguments and hypotheses.
2. Examine assumptions, concepts and hypotheses critically in the light of evidence, to make informed choices and to apply insights from one area of study to another.
3. Synthesize inputs (knowledge, materials, information) in order to solve problems or generate outputs in written, audio or practical format.
4. Utilise relevant skills in information communication technologies and use of electronic information sources.
5. Work independently, understanding one's own learning style and work regime.
6. Plan and set priorities, and engage and understand time management.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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