Leeds, United Kingdom

Essentials of the Music Business

when 2 July 2022 - 16 July 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee GBP 1820

The music business today represents innovation, creativity, opportunities and connectivity. It is a global business that facilitates interpersonal, intercultural, and international interaction. This module provides an introduction to the music business environment. You'll explore key concepts used in categorising and analysing music business sectors, industries and organisational typologies. You'll be presented with a selection of relevant case studies and take part in class debates and discussions. You'll develop an understanding of how general business concepts apply to the context of the music business, exploring the contemporary challenges the industry is facing. This module usually includes a field trip to a music or entertainment venue. Topics include:

live music business organisations
the role of record labels
streaming services
the music publishing business

Please note, the Leeds International Summer School runs for four weeks (2 - 30 July 2022). You can choose to study with us for two weeks or for the full four-week programme. Each module lasts two weeks so you study one module if you choose to attend for two weeks and two modules if you choose to attend for four weeks.

Course leader

Silviu Cobeanu

Target group

Undergraduate/Bachelor students

Course aim

Upon a successful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the core specific concepts central to the music business and understand various contemporary challenges that the music business is facing.
This course aims to give students a foundation in music business and help develop an understanding of the main industries of the music business environment.

Learning outcomes
1. demonstrate an understanding of music business terminology, concepts and organisations;
2. review current developments and trends in the music business;
3. engage critically with the case studies and examples discussed in sessions.

Credits info

5 EC
The module is worth 10 Leeds credits = 5 ECTS. You can transfer the credits earned back to your home degree subject to approval.

Fee info

GBP 1820: Leeds International Summer School (LISS) is an all-inclusive programme. Included in the programme fee is tuition, accommodation, breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday, module field trips, weekend excursions, social programme and The Edge sports centre membership. The cost of flights, insurance and visa is not included.


If you have a GPA of 3.2 or above (or equivalent) you're eligible to apply for a Merit scholarship worth up to £500. We are also looking for LISS Champions to receive a scholarship of £1000 while sharing their experiences of LISS via different platforms.