The Music Industry is one of the most fluid and reactive in the world. Over the past two decades alone, the advent of the internet, social media, downloads and streaming have changed its face forever, not to mention the explosion of digital music making tools that have made it easier than ever to get into making music. With each seismic shift, the industry has had to adapt, and to succeed in the industry today’s managers, agents and label heads must master skills no-one would even have heard of just a generation ago. That said, opportunities are rife, and it is perhaps easier to get your foot in the door than ever before. Many of the key traits needed to succeed remain the same, and there will never be a replacement for tenacity and the drive to succeed. That’s why here at Point Blank we have been working tirelessly to develop and deliver a comprehensive course to give you all the tools needed to thrive, and we are thrilled to announce our new degree programme, the BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management. All degree programmes are quality assured by Middlesex University and all graduates will leave with an undergraduate degree with honours from that institution.
Students attending an industry class with Robin Green (Sound Recordist – Universal, Grasshopper Films)
This new degree is firmly rooted in practical skills, and all who pass through the doors will leave with the skills and confidence to do whatever it is they want in the music industry. Students will cover the production, manufacture, marketing and distribution of music as well as setting up a record label. On the live music front, you will gain the knowledge necessary to develop, budget and execute live performances and tours from start to finish. Other vital aspects include in-depth knowledge of Intellectual Property (IP) law with a particular focus on copyright; advanced knowledge of the structure of the industry and the relationships between record labels, music publishing and the live sector; how to negotiate music industry contracts and deals; as well as identifying your own career opportunities and having a strategy for succeeding in your chosen field. Plus, during your studies, you will set up a complete business as part of this programme from proposal to implementation, so you’re well on your way!
Guest masterclass with Steve Sharples (Moulin Rouge)
As usual, all of our instructors are industry professionals with a demonstrable real-world experience at the very highest level. Take Jen Anderson, for example: she set up King Tut Records, ran T In The Park for five years and is in charge of the management and record label company Euphonios. Kevin Kerrigan is another who has worked with stellar names like Bjork, Kylie and Eurythmics, as well as massive companies including Warner Bros, Sony and Universal. This is just a small snapshot of the experience our instructors bring to the course. As with our other degree programmes, we pride ourselves on the level of contact time students will receive, which is far above the national average. Furthermore, students have access to regular guest masterclasses from esteemed industry figures, like the session shown below with XL and Positiva founder Nick Halkes.
Whilst our BA (Hons) Music Industry Management degree is brand new and expanded at degree level, we have a long history of teaching students how to navigate the music industry with our Music Industry Certificate and Short Course. We’re hugely proud of our track record here and you will find Point Blank graduates in all avenues of the industry today. Gemma Cairney, of Channel 4 and BBC fame was an early member of our music industry student body, and a few years ago you would have found DJ Madam X and 1Xtra radio presenters Monki and Tayo all in the same class. We’re not just looking to give students a great education here, we’re looking to build the next generation of label heads, promoters, managers and agents from the ground up – and you can be one of them. If you’re interested in being the first intake of this unique and exciting new opportunity, go to the course page and Enrol Now. You will need to complete an application form and send it to the Admissions Team to start the process. The course commences in September and is limited availability, so complete your application form before spaces run out. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch, and don’t forget to check out our other London courses too.
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