The Music Industry
How many organisations are involved in getting the music from the musician to the audience?
The music industry may appear to be led and dominated by just a few massive multinational companies, and all-powerful impresarios who hold careers and contracts in the palm of their hand. But that is only half of the picture. The music industry relies on countless individuals, small industries, partnerships, local agencies and promoters who make the world of music a true industry. It includes different types of performance venue, organisations that create music products such as recordings or live shows, companies whose work involves arts administration (such as funding bodies) and businesses providing services such as transport and equipment hire.
This unit will allow you to gain a good understanding of the scope of the music industry with a view to getting work in and using the organisations that exist. You will investigate music organisations to find out about the work they do and how they relate to and rely on one another. You will also be given the opportunity to find out about the people who work in these organisations, from performers to people who work in technical, production and administrative roles. If you wish to work in the music sector or intend to progress to higher qualification levels, you will need to understand the various business practices within the industry and the range of job opportunities that exist. You will also need to understand how the industry operates for the individual entrepreneurs, sole traders, partnerships and small organisations that predominate. This unit aims to help you gain awareness and the underpinning knowledge of the structure of the music industry, its working practices and opportunities.
In this unit you will:
A understand different types of organisations that make up the music industry
B understand job roles in the music industry.