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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 18/05/2022 09:26:13

Title of Module: Introduction to the Music Industries

Code: MUSC07003 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Allan  Dumbreck

Summary of Module

This module will introduce students to key sectors and revenue streams within the Music Industries, framed against current critical and scholarly perspectives from the field of popular music studies. Over the course of this module, students will be introduced to a variety of sectors from the music industries, including (but not limited to) record companies, music publishing companies, royalty collection societies, events management companies, artist management, agencies, promoters, PR, songwriters and digital distributors. 


Students will be encouraged to explore these sectors, and the music industries more broadly, from a range of social, cultural, economic, technological, and political perspectives. This will involve:

·       Understanding the key concepts of intellectual property protection, management of income streams and key beneficiaries through lectures, directed study, reading and research

·       Understanding the social and cultural factors which impact upon music’s socio-cultural value

·       Understanding and challenging business models in legal, financial, and cultural terms within the creative industries

  • To introduce students to the structure of the contemporary music industries

  • To introduce students to key issues facing the contemporary music industries

  • To support students in developing an understanding of the social and cultural factors which impact upon music's social and cultural value

  • To support students in developing the necessary knowledge and skills to research and analyse the music industries

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:


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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Understand the functions and mechanisms of key music industries organisations to evaluate existing business models in legal and financial terms

L2. Identify a range of critical and scholarly debates relating to the music industries

L3. Apply structural and critical knowledge to a range of key issues and debates facing the music industries

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

Knowledge of the music industries (structure and function)

Knowledge of key theoretical perspectives on music and culture

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Development of the ability to engage in informed discourse on the structure and function of the music industries

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Research, analysis, report writing

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Communicating effectively and appropriately in speech and writing

Statistical analysis of key datasets relating to the music industries

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Working effectively, together with others in groups or teams, taking a leadership role where appropriate.

Systematically identifying and addressing their own learning needs in both current and new areas.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Teaching activities: Lectures / workshops to facilitate students forming teams to devise and realise a small project activity. Group research and other activities with peer and staff feedback sessions. The teaching will include support lecture & workshops given by library staff and learning Innovation staff including Harvard referencing.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity28
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity8
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Dumbreck, A and McPherson G. (2015) Music Entrepreneurship. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

Harrison, A. (2021) Music: The Business - The Essential Guide to the Law and the Deals, 8th Edition, London: Virgin Books

Negus, K. (1999) Music genres and corporate cultures, London: Routledge

Passman, D. (2019) All You Need to Know About the Music Business, 10th Ed. New York: Rosetta

Rutter, P (2016) The Music Industry Handbook, 2nd Ed. London: Routledge

Shuker, R (2016) Understanding Popular Music, 5th Ed, London: Routledge

Strasser, R. (2010) Music Business - The Key concepts, London: Routledge

Wikstrom, P (2009) The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud, 2nd Edition, Cambridge: Polity

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Aula, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement and attendance procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardArts & Media
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject Panel
ModeratorJayne Stynes
External ExaminerR Nowak
Accreditation DetailsJAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support)
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Presentationcheck markcheck mark 500

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Aula, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content. The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:

Our partners are fully committed to the principles and practice of inclusiveness and our modules are designed to be accessible to all. Where this module is delivered overseas, local equivalent support for students and appropriate legislation applies.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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