Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
MUC 167
Course Title:
The Music Business: Career Opportunities and Self Defense
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Course Description

Covers what you need to know to pursue a career in music and the music business. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students will:

  • Comprehend and apply basics of copyrighting to be able to copyright their own songs.
  • Gather and present information about song structures, royalties, band agreements, and songwriting and collaboration agreements.
  • Use an understanding of the role of music publishers, agents, managers, and other business professionals to navigate a musical submission.
  • Use reason, decision-making, and complex problem-solving in business settings in the music field.

Course Activities and Design

  • Students will secure and fill out copyright forms for their own songs.
  • Present their song structures and survey royalty, band, and songwriting collaboration agreements.
  • Select a music publisher(s), agent, and manager to navigate a musical submission.
  • Use reason and complex problem solving in music business settings.
  • Use appropriate communication skills in situations related to music  business.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Copyright forms are complete.
  • Agreements are drafted and submitted.
  • Correspondence with music publisher is examined.
  • Any problems in the business setting are identified and solved.
  • Communication is reviewed for content and clarity.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Copyright submission.
  • Agreements of collaboration for bands and song writing.
  • Musical submission to publisher(s).
  • Sound decision making in the music business setting.
  • Effective communication in music business setting.