Core Module Information
Module title: Music Industries

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS08153
Module leader: Paul Harkins
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

Entry to Level 2

Description of module content:

This module gives you the opportunity to begin exploring the key issues that will affect your ability to develop a professional career as a musician in the 21st century. You will be introduced to the main actors and networks in the music industries in Scotland and beyond, focusing specifically on the publishing and recording industries, so that you can successfully navigate and find your place within them. You will learn how it has changed since the advent of recording right up until the recent development of digital technologies and the introduction of downloading and streaming services. Key concepts such as copyright will be analysed both in terms of how they have become central to the music industry’s attempt to make money from music and your own attempts to protect your intellectual property and profit from your creativity. We will discuss the continued relevance of record labels, the relationship between independent and major labels, and encourage you to think about how your own careers as musicians will be shaped by new technologies that enable more direct forms of distribution to audiences.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: situate yourself within the music industries in Scotland and examine a sector you may want to work in.

LO2: describe the ways in which copyright is important for you as a musician and demonstrate an understanding of potential income streams from PRS and MCPS.

LO3: discuss the continued relevance of record labels and whether you as recording artists still need them.

LO4: examine the structures of major and indie labels and develop strategies for distributing your own music.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Paul Harkins
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module consists of weekly lectures which encourage a high level of participation from all students and give them the opportunity to discuss key changes and developments relating to the music industries. There will be input by guest speakers from the collection societies (PRS For Music), funding organisations (Creative Scotland), trade unions (Musicians’ Union), and major and indie labels.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills

A basic understanding of how the music industries work is crucial to the success of musicians attempting to find employability within it. With a focus on developing knowledge that will enable students to navigate the music industries successfully, the module begins by asking students to think about their own musical identities in relation to the industries and allows them to take part in key critical debates that are crucial to its future and their careers. The combination of practice and theory will enable students to develop personal development plans that are well informed and realistic.

Formative Assessment:
Students will be able to submit drafts of assignments two weeks in advance of the deadline so that they can receive comments. Feedback on the report due in Week 8 will act as formative feedback for the presentations.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment consists of a report and a presentation. LO1 and LO2 will be assessed in the form of a report due in week 8 about the music industries in Scotland and why copyright is important for the careers of musicians. LO3 and LO4 will be assessed in the form of a group presentation due in week 15 about the continued relevance of record labels, which includes case studies of an independent record label and a major record label.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Groupwork (Independent Study) 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1,2 8 , WORDS= 2000
Oral Presentation 50 3,4 14/15 HOURS= 00.20
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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